Starring in the Movie of My Life by Laurel Osterkamp
Genre: Mainstream, Women's Fiction
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Thirty-five-year-old Samantha acts without thinking. Her heart is huge while her sense of purpose is small; she's willing to fight for those she loves, but she's never learned to fight for herself. Eighteen-year-old Melody is cold and calculating, and she's driven by the desire to better herself. As these compelling yet deeply flawed women battle for the affections of twenty-five-year-old Nathan, he becomes increasingly confused and torn between them. Nathan is Melody's English teacher, and after he saves her from being raped, she becomes attached. Melody longs for the affection she's never felt, so she involves people in her self-invented drama, making sure she is at once the star and the director. Meanwhile, Samantha is newly married to Nathan. But Samantha has hang-ups about motherhood and lingering feelings for her ex. To make sense of the world, Sam relates her life to the themes of her favorite movies, while she independently makes a documentary to jump-start her non-existent film career.
Stylistically influenced by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, Starring in the Movie of my Life is told alternately from both Samantha's and Melody's points-of-view and relates two complete yet combined stories about love, acceptance, and redemption. It speaks to our universal desire to be saved by the ones we love, and the monumental effort required tosave ourselves.
What they're saying about it:
Two stories collide in this novel that deals with acceptance, love and revenge. This story will stick with you long after it's come to an end. (4-Star RT Rating)
---Award Winning Finalist 2011 International Book Awards (Women's Fiction and Young Adult Literature)
---Award Winning Finalist 2011 Indie Excellence Awards (Chick Lit)
"A riveting romance and drama. Highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review
This is one of those rare reads I come across where I'm so enthralled from the first page that I can't stop reading and nothing else gets done until the book is finished. --Ashley Williams "MyBookFetish"