|This Is Not a Love Scene|
|May 7th 2019|
|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 her failing lungs might not wait for either.
|I am not sure what kind of message “This Is Not a Love Scene” by S.C. Megale was supposed to send to its readers. I have read plenty of books in this special genre that I usually very much enjoy reading. I read books close to reality when it comes to the struggle that the leading characters face in their daily life’s and I read more fictional approaches with miracle cures.
This book unfortunately is not only “Not a Love Scene” – it is also not a romance and def. not a story presenting any kind of romantic relationship that I would like to read about.
First of all the writing is very special and I suppose it is to sound very “in”(“hip”) and Up-to-date” but I believe that it will get old soon and this will not contribute to people wanting to read this story in a year or two. Or maybe I am to old for that language? But if I am then the rest of the story is to old for the targeted crowed and I am not sure I would want them to read a story that ends with the words like this one did.
Then there is the lead Maeve. She faces huge limitations and struggles due to her health issues but she has her own head in all of this and I think the message is supposed to be that she is not defined by her illness. Somehow what I see is not that but a rather self-absorbed geeky teenager that has weird and creepy relationships (and seems to be fine with that) – and then goes for the real jerk while ignoring the real good choices when it comes to a love interest.
Actually, all of the secondary characters she had as her friends were more likable then she was. I am sure the author paid a lot of attention to the development of Maeve but somehow while presenting all her struggles the actual development of the relationships came short and the story was predictable.
There was no way for me to connect to the leads as I actually did not like them and I struggled between the language used and the way the plot went. I found myself skimming pages to see if there was anything of interest coming.
I am so sorry that I cannot give a better review as (like I said) stories in this genre are important to me and read them a lot but this one just does not work out for me. I was looking for romance in this or at least some kind of positive message in any way but there was non that I could see and I honestly have no Idea how I could recommend it to anyone I know. So if you like the plot please try at your own risk but if you usually like the same kind of books I cannot recommend this one to you