by Jennifer Castle (Goodreads Author)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.
Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what's personal and what's public aren't always clear
Source: eARC for honest review from edelwiess
I loved the concept of this book. It was based on the lives of 5 teenagers who participated in a reality type film that made them famous and shaped their lives forever.
"... that it would change me. That instead of my life shaping a film. A film would shape my life. "
It is in present time but it goes back in time to make reference of why they are they way they are today. There were so many emotions throughout this book as you were watching the characters grow. Each one had their own strengths and weakness as individuals but as a group they shined.
This book was about them finding themselves and realizing what they want or need and not what others think they should be or feel.
The past movies had changed their lives and not for the better by pulling them apart from one another but they didn't realize that what they needed was each other.
It was a very unconventional sweet story about loss, hope, friendship, second chances and love.
4.5 Emotional Thumbs Up!