Michael Ebner’s Movie Game was one of the books I’ve been looking forward to for a while. It sounded really interesting, sort of a dramatic spy novel. Maybe I’d built it up too much in my mind, but this book turned out to be very different than what I was expecting.
Shortly after the worst day of Joe’s life, his father vanished. That was three years ago. Now seventeen, Joe is completely unaware that he’s being watched by government agents in case his father tries to contact him. He’s too distracted living a movie-esque life: secret girlfriends, midnight swims in strangers’ pools, skipping school to stalk movie-theater talkers, glamorous college students living alone in the house behind his, trashing limos, and the movie game, where he and his friends test their movie trivia skills to earn free drinks (Joe usually wins). Joe is living a great life, at least by his standards. But it’s short-lived. His secret girlfriend wants to be his not-so-secret girlfriend. His college fling may have ulterior motives. The government agents are getting impatient. His sister decides to move to France. And he still hasn’t quite gotten over the death of his first girlfriend three years ago. His life is no longer a game. But he still wants to win.
I had such high hopes for this book. I was expecting excitement and fun, and maybe something along the lines of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. What I got was juvenile and a bit boring. I really hate to criticize books, but I’ve got to be honest: I didn’t make it through this one. I couldn’t identify with the main character, which made it hard to really care about anything that was happening to him. And while it was actually pretty well written, and there were fun moments, it just fell flat for me.
If you’re interested in Movie Game, you can pick up a copy here. This might not be my cup of tea, but if it sounds like something you’d like, give it a shot.
This book was provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.