Today I recommend: Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy.

In Ireland with her brother during the filming of a movie based on her grandmother’s wildly popular Elementia trilogy, Iris, seventeen, decides to shut down production and end the annoying craze.

Iris makes for a frustrating narrator but her gradual change of heart regarding the filming comes across as more realistic and honest due to her stubborn and bitter attitude. The most enjoyable part of the book is when Iris verbally spars with the strong and witty female director, Cate Collins, who throughout the book champions feminist ideas and shows just how difficult it can be in the film industry. The story also addresses the dark parts of fandom- fans who take things too far- and the difficulties of withdrawn parents as Iris serves as a surrogate parent for her younger brother Ryder. This is no simple teenage romance novel, although it has that in the plot, instead this reads more like a coming-of-age novel. For teens who enjoy stories with large casts, who have an interest in the film industry or fandom, or who enjoy stories with strong female leads this is a good choice.

You can find Now a Major Motion Picture in the Young Adult Fiction section at YA MCCARTHY.

~aw

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