~ABOUT THE BOOK~
You Look Different in Real Life
For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they're real life.
The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.
Now sixteen, Justine doesn't feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.
But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what's on film. They've all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else's eyes.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
While You Look Different in Real Life wasn't really for me, I think for a younger audience it may work. The only reason I listened to this in the first place is for a reading challenge (I needed a narrator whose name started with a Q).
Overall, for me, the characters were not memorable and it was really difficult for me to see where this story was going. Ultimately, there is a message there and that's why the ending is the only part that got a decent rating from me.
2/5 STARS - GRADE=D
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 2/5
Secondary Characters~ 1/5
The Feels~ 1/5
Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 2/5
Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ It's whatever…
Narration~ Samantha Quan is not bad in this, but I really didn't like the book…so maybe that makes it kind of difficult to figure out how I feel about her as a narrator.
Setting~ New York and the surrounding area…I think
Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)