ARC Review: Movie Game

Title: Movie Game
Author: Michael Ebner
Genre: Fiction, (Young Adult)
Pages: 302
Published: September 15, 2015
House: Pen and Picture
Format: E-book
Source: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been three years since Joe’s father vanished. Now seventeen, he is unaware that government agents are watching him in case his dad makes contact. Joe is too distracted by his secret girlfriend, midnight swims in the pools of strangers, free drinks from his buddies at the movie game and the glamorous college student, Felicity. But his movie-esque existence and addiction to fiction is set to collide with a heavy dose of reality this summer when he discovers everything is not what it seems: his secret girlfriend wants to be the real thing. His college fling may have ulterior motives. And the government agents want co-operation to catch his missing father. All this and the three year old death of Joe’s first girlfriend Alice are going to cause him to face some dark truths.
It’s no longer a movie game. This is his life and he wants to win.

My Thoughts:

»Plot: This story follows Joe, a seventeen year-old cinephile, who’s father is MIA and who’s mother ditched him and his sister for her boyfriend. Joe’s world started to go down hill when he was 14 and his girlfriend, Alice, died. Since then, Joe has seemingly coped with this (along with other problems soon to arrive in his life) by putting himself in the fictional world of movies.

As you can guess by my rating, I did not like this book. There are so many things that didn’t work for me in here. Let’s start with the plot: There were so many things going on in here! First I thought this was about Joe and who he became after Alice had died and how he coped with movies and sometimes hooking up with Nikki. And it is but then he meets Felicity (a twenty-someething year-old) who he takes an interest in and who you start to get sceptical about as you’re hinted that something about her is off. That’s another tangent in the book. He also tries to get his sister out og her introverted shell and go to Paris for an academic offer she was made. And on top of everything the freakin FEDS are keeping tabs on him. Nope. There’s just too many plot lines that weren’t even well developed.

»Writng: This is told in a third person narrative and switches perspectives between the various characters. This is supposed to be a dark humour story (most of which is provided by Joe) and while I did find some parts funny, most of the time it was obnoxious, just wasn’t funny or juvinile. I also found some parts to be sexsist. Usually, if it’s just one or two people in a book that acts like that, it doesn’t bother me because some people are like that and so the author may purposefully be portray that. But in this case almost all the male characters were like that and all the female characters were boring and one dimensional.

»Characters: I didn’t like the main character but it seemed like he was written to be liked. He did things that were questionable and sometimes creepy but they were portrayed like it wasn’t a big deal. Like the way he stalks people who talk in theaters all the way to their homes to “teach them a lesson” by vandalisation. Or how about the way he set up a whole act, getting someone to impersonate one who works for the government to lie to his sister, telling her that their father is dead in hopes she’ll just join the program in Paris? How is this right?!


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