book review: not like the movies



Not Like the Movies is just as adorable as its cover! 

This romantic comedy is a great follow-up to Kerry’s Waiting for Tom Hanks.  I really enjoyed being back in Columbus with some of my favorites from book one.  This series is definitely interconnected, so I’ll caution that if you don’t read the first book, reading this one will be spoilery and you’d miss out on some character development.

The premise is so fun with the main characters’ lives being the rough basis for a rom com flick despite them not actually having a real life HEA…yet!

Not Like the Movies is cute, quirky, and full of good humor, though it also casts light on some less carefree topics. One element that I appreciated was the representation of Alzheimer’s/caring for someone with a progressive disease.

The dynamic between Chloe and Nick gives me a lot of Lorelai and Luke (Gilmore Girls) vibes.  Chloe has a sunshine personality while Nick is a classic grump with a heart of gold. The romance is slow to burn with a lot of angsty push and pull. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Not Like the Movies and recommend it to fans of romantic comedies!

*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.  This did not affect my opinion or the content of my review.

by kerry winfrey

contemporary romance | romantic comedy

Published july 7, 2020 (Berkley jove)


What happens when your life is a rom-com…but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After. contains some affiliate links.  If you buy something using the retail links on this site, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. for more information, please read more on our Disclosure Policy page.

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