I picked this book up in the charity shop I work in. Love Actually is my favourite film of all time and I thought- "Yeah! I'll give this a go. I hope it's as good as it looks!"
Let me tell you now- it's absolutely brilliant. I thought it would be slightly predictable, maybe one or two flaws, but as the story unfolded I found myself increasingly in awe of how clever and how perfectly the author fits in the film references. I'm not one to laugh out loud at books, but this one had me gasping, cheering, bawling my eyes out and grinning until my face ached. The film references are witty, well placed, and as embarrassing as it is to admit this, I picked up on every single little reference. The jewellery box key, the cooking scene with Sean, Disneyland, the french porter named Pierre, the Star Wars wedding, that fountain...and Sean's surprise at the end- I cannot possibly think of a better ending.
The characters are brilliantly written. The elderly couple in the hotel, Oscar, Dermot and Finley...the policemen! You instantly understand Scarlett's film obsession, you love Sean, and you even feel sorry for David! I love Scarlett's dad to pieces- and really start to feel for her mother, even though I'm not sure I quite ever forgave her.
The cameo appearances from celebrities are great too, and the film facts at the end were a really lovely touch. I'll definitely be looking out for Bernard in every Richard Curtis film from now on!
I literally read the entire thing in about 6 hours. The perfect rom-com, and just when you think something predictable will happen- BAM! in comes another film reference.
If you're a fan of Notting Hill, Love Actually, Pretty Woman, Chocolat, Bridget Jones' Diary, Gone with the Wind, Sleepless in Seattle, The Blues Brothers- or any film with Hugh Grant or Colin Firth in it- I guarantee you will be awestruck by the sheer brilliance of this book. I actually cried at how much Scarlett reminds me of myself.I know I'm a soppy, hopeless romantic- but it's genuinely the funniest and sweetest book I've read in a long time. It definitely does the films justice. I honestly can't fault it!