Their fantasy is her reality in this bright and uplifting contemporary coming-of-age novel by the acclaimed author of Breaking Sky and You Were Here.
Iris Thorne wants to blaze her own path. That's easier said than done when you're the granddaughter of M. E. Thorne, famous author of the Elementia series, hailed as the feminist response to J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. And with a major motion picture adaptation of her grandmother's books in the works, Iris can say goodbye to her dream of making her own way in the music industry.
So when Iris and her brother get invited to the film set in Ireland, she's pretty sure the trip will be a nightmare. Except Iris can't deny the rugged beauty of the Irish countryside. And brushing shoulders with the hot, young cast isn't awful, especially the infuriatingly charming lead, Eamon O'Brien. Iris even finds the impassioned female director inspiring. But when the filming falls into jeopardy, everything Iris thought she knew about Elementiaand herselfis in question. Will making a film for the big screen help Iris to see the big picture?
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
CORI MCCARTHY studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American and, like many of their characters, a member of the LGBTQ+ community. They live in New England with their partner, YA author Amy Rose Capetta. Learn more at CoriMcCarthy.com
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I'm so conflicted about this one, my bookish friends. It had so many moments that I was dying/loving. But then there was so many moments that I just stared at the book, moved it slightly to the side, and side-eyed it. I originally thought that Cori McCarthy jumped into my head like Osmosis Jones and somehow slithered down to my bookish heart and soul because this book is so me it hurts? Not only does it have two of my favorite Bastille songs in the after book playlist, it's one giant ode to Florence + the Machine (another ultimate love) plus fandom life, an epic cover, FEMINISM, and an adorable ship, and IRELAND. Whenever a book is set/visits my home state or anywhere I have traveled, I instantly place it on my TBR at lightening bolt speed just like the Elementia book cover. This book went to literally all of the places I went in Ireland so I was one big blubbering Irish fangirl mess the entire book. I'm one of those sad little people that goes OMG I WENT THERE. I KNOW THAT DOLPHIN STATUE. So...imagine me doing this the entire book. With all of this "omg, this book so Mandy" gushing, how did it go wrong? I think my issue was with the narrator, Iris. There was at times that I FELT for her. I got her, and I liked her. However, most of the time, I was like, omg, girl, chill. Her redemption arc took a bit far too long for me to get excited about her. She was Jaded Iris, and the things she was doing had me doing the buggy eyed, WHY, GIRL, WHY. She was so judgy of things -and yes, I get certain things since she did have something very traumatic happen to her and her brother- but I still feel like some of it was too much and I just got annoyed with her. Even when she made progress, it seemed like she took some steps back. I felt like she could have changed her mind about a lot of stuff a lot earlier on, and it just turned me off of her for a long time. The side characters were good. I liked Ryder, and I felt he felt very realistic and had some deep psychology behind him. Eamon, Julian, and Shoshanna were decent side characters. Drunk Shoshanna was my favorite character of the entire novel. I felt they were all pretty dynamic, and they did feel realistic with their differences and flaws. They weren't just 1D. Cate was interesting as well, and I think she provided a powerful, strong female role model in the novel. The romance was cute. I dug the ship...although it was super instalove. I mean, it was intense, and it got a bit too into the cheese - even though I love me some cheese. There was so much doubting, too. I mean, I get you doubt the romance, but even when they expressing discuss the fact they're in a relationship, I blink and Iris is all like, but wait, is he with me? I was like IDK. I THOUGHT HE WAS. IS HE NOT??? AM I ON AN ACID TRIP? It was quite cute, though, and there were some adorable feels to be had. Let's all take a moment and give a big hooray for the feminism that was broughttttttttttttttttttt in this novel. Okay, there might have been a few PSA moments, but Cori McCarthy BROUGHT THE FEMINISM. I love how she worked in the gender pay gap, how women do have to fight for work and roles that men get without an issue, and so much more. If fist pumps were a thing again and not used up all by the Jersey Shore peeps, I would be fist pumping here. The plot was pretty fun. It's a book of self discovery - about finding yourself, your passion, your voice, and who you can be. I love these kind of stories, and the movie set infused
“Everyone else got to read Elementia and discover something about the world or themselves. Not me. I’d read her story and began drowning in a loss I’d never known was mine.” Now A Major Motion Picture was a really fun reading experience about fandom, family, and finding yourself. We follow Iris Thorne as she and her little brother Ryder go to Ireland to see the filming of the grandmother’s beloved fantasy series, Elementia. Iris is no fantasy fan and there’s no live list for the rabid fandom , so she’s determines to get the production shut down and return home to L.A. as soon as possible. But Iris starts to see the magic in her grandmother’s story and gains a courage she wasn’t sure she had. Things I Liked I really liked the sides and filming notes we get to see before the chapters. It really made everything seem real and let me get to know a lot of the different characters quickly. There was really solid humor all throughout the story. It felt very conversational and natural, never forced. And it created some great banter and dynamics between characters. My favorite part was probably the friendships we see develop and really flourish in the last half of the book. They all felt so genuine and made me care about the individual characters more as well. I also liked the sibling relationship between Iris and Ryder. I liked seeing some diversity in the story. Shoshana and Julian, two leads of the movie are half Filipino, and Shoshana is a lesbian. Things I Didn’t Like Iris’ parents were the WORST! Her mom was completely absent and pointless in the story, and her dad was a piece of work. I just didn’t like them as all. I didn’t really connect to the Elementia storyline until around 70% of the book. Before that I just didn’t really care and that kept my investment down. This was a fantastically quick read that I knocked out in a few hours. It really surprised me in a good way after the beginning was a bit lackluster. I loved the friendships, always a win from me, and seeing Iris’s journey gaining courage and bravery through her experiences. And the romance was adorable too. I received a copy of the book from Sourcebooks Fire via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
"Now a Major Motion Picture" on the surface follows the making of a fantasy film from a book with a heavy fanbase (think Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings style). The deeper messages/themes that come up are about the prejudices of Hollywood- towards women, people of color, and non-heteronormative individuals. Iris Thorne has spent her life trying to escape her grandmother's legacy- her grandmother was the infamous M. E. Thorne who wrote the Elementia trilogy. Her father, M. E.'s son, has been emotionally neglectful and distant- no matter how much Iris has spent her life trying to please him, he is disinterested. He and his wife (who exists even less) have left Iris to raise their 8-year-old son, Ryder. This trip is no different. Iris is being sent to Ireland to babysit Ryder while they visit the production of the Elementia movie. Iris is determined to keep her and her brother out of it- since the Bad Event, they have attempted to hide their identities from the world to avoid the more zealous- and dangerous- fans. Iris has turned the negativity from her father inward and walks around with the metaphorical black cloud hanging over her. With the help of a crew that begins to treat Iris and Ryder like family, Iris finds herself rethinking all the ingrained thoughts imposed by her father- and she finds love in the process. Overall, it is a really cute story with some romance and heavy coming-of-age elements. I also liked the view on Hollywood for its prejudices- and explaining by the director and primary actress about their struggles in the business. The descriptions of courage also make this something easily accessible for anyone- and there is a heavy (and delightful) feminist undertone. "You helped [me] and now I'm helping you. This is what women should do for one another. We are a continent. We stick together. We all rise up, or we all go down." The only thing I did not like about the book is the depiction of the parents- they are horribly negligent and maybe even emotionally abusive. Although there are some small positives (e.g. they put Ryder into therapy), overall, they seem really terrible. The conclusions seem to be that the kids will stand up for themselves more and then everything just turns around. I'm not sure that this was a good message (emotionally abusive parents don't just change on a dime), and I wish this had either been toned down so that these conclusions made sense or that there was better resolution (other adults getting involved, etc.). If you ignore their relationships with parents, this is a cute coming-of-age story with a Hollywood setting! Regarding the fantasy book, it was neat to have the story-within-the-story and see excerpts from the book as Iris reads them/sees the filming. Overall, I think it's a fun premise and a great delivery. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
First off, the blurb is deceptive. When I first came across Now A Major Motion Picture on NetGalley, I thought it would be a "dessert book"- sugary sweet, slightly fluffy, and without much depth. Don't get me wrong, I love a good dessert book. They're worth all of the smiles, laughs, and romantic-moment-induced sighs in the world. Luckily for me, NAMMP is so much more than a dessert book. It still brings smiles, laughs, and RMI sighs, but it's a book that brings in the real depth that is sometimes missing from YA fiction. McCarthy weaves a relatable story from the moment Ryder and Iris get depart from Aer Lingus. As one of four siblings, the scenario of herding a younger brother gave me post-traumatic flashbacks. Iris comes off as a bit of a grump but nonetheless lovable for it. Above all else, her devotion to her brother rings clearly through, immediately showing that there's more to her than her prickly exterior. Iris and Ryder have found their way to Ireland to join the cast and crew who are filming a movie adaptation of her grandmother's fantastical legacy, Elementia. For Ryder, this trip is therapeutic, a dream causing him to almost burst off the pages in his bubbly excitement. For Iris, on the other hand, the Emerald Isle is holding nothing but nightmares and the overwhelming shadow of her grandmother's fame and fandom, a shadow that has brought gloom to her entire life. As Iris is immersed in what she's sworn to despise most- fantasy, magic, and elves in all of their glory- she has to confront some ugly truths about her life. In the midst of the beautiful Irish cliffs and waves, she not only finds her future path, but also reclaims the shards of her identity that she's hidden away at the behest of her father. Her experiences with the cast and crew give her a real feeling of what it's like to fit in and make real connections. She goes through a lot of growth, and it's a treat to see more than the prickly Iris who first arrives in Ireland. McCarthy's supporting cast is also unique; I can honestly say that I loved them all. Eamon's kindness and wit will make many a YA reader cheer for their romance, and Julian and Shoshannah provide some fresh humor and contrast to Iris's prickly nature and wounded soul; together, they're all the medicine she needs to get on her track to a new life. Not to mention Cate's fiery determination and unrelenting personality are the role model and strength that many girls can benefit from. NAMMP is a story of identity, of learning how to see, acknowledge, and overcome what's "ugly" inside yourself, and how to forge a path that rings brightly in your soul and will bring you joy. I celebrated Iris's triumphs with her, and I think other readers will too. What more can you want than a main character you can root for? A main character whose struggle is kindred to what many of us go through, young adult or not. What I liked most was that for all of Iris's flaws or mistakes, she finds strength in herself to be creative and becomes willing to take the risks she needs in order to save what she comes to love. Before today, I'd never read any of McCarthy's books before, but you better believe I'm going to check out some others now.
This book was great! Funny, and entertaining with a hint of sweetness and sass. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Thanks to Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I liked Eamon so much; he’s going on my book boyfriend list. He’s adorable, nice, sweet, and I could keep listing so many positive attributes. I liked Iris and Ryder a lot, along with some of the movie cast and crew: Shoshanna, Julian, Cate, Mr. Donato, etc. We got to see a little bit of the fantasy with some Elementia book passages, which was a nice change of pace. I liked how we got to see the drastic change in Iris after spending time with all of these people, opening herself up to new way of thinking, and experiencing life. The book was a super quick read, and I think someone could easily finish it in a day if they had the time. It was fantastic, and I can’t wait to read other books from this author! I highly recommend this if you love beautiful scenery (Ireland is amazing!), realistic characters, and great dialogue/interactions.