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ARC Book Review: This Is Not A Love Scene by S. C. Megale

Thank you to Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press) and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review. This Is Not A Love Scene by S. C. Megale is set to be released May 7, 2019.

Image via NetGalley

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating:  3 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: No


Summary (via NetGalley):
. . .

Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.

Suddenly, Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And the future might not wait for either.


My Review:
I almost stopped in the very beginning because of the tone and set-up. It’s definitely an eye-catching hook to begin a story with. But for me, it made me wonder if this book was going to be what I originally thought it was going to be. It took a while (reluctantly) to get into the story.

I like that Maeve doesn’t let her disability define her. Having MS hurts her at times (literally and figuratively) because it’s a reality she can never escape. But she’s determined to make waves in the film industry and won’t let her physical limitations stop her. I also like the group of friends she surrounds herself with – Mags, Elliot, KC, and eventually Cole Stone. Maeve also has really cool and caring parents.

The love story part was so-so, hard to follow at times, and at other times too cringy for words. Cole was a frustrating and confounding love interest.

The deal with KC could’ve come sooner (integrated itself earlier) than it did seemed to randomly pop up and force itself into the plot (or maybe I missed earlier signs that it was heading that way).

I did laugh here and there. Eventually, I got absorbed into the story and the will-they won’t-they what’s-gonna-happen-next. But the jarring transitions between one scene and next were difficult to ignore.

The climax was without a doubt endearing and heartwarming, possibly my favorite part of the story.

Overall, this story was okay. Not what I expected (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but just not for me.

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