Kelly Oram at her best... If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

If We Were a MovieIf We Were a Movie
(Power of the Matchmaker)
by Kelly Oram
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 269 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Bluefields


Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella & V is for Virgin.

NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.

Enter his new roommate Jordan—a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of friendship, family, life, and love, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.

***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***

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Early Reviews

What readers are saying about If We Were a Movie:

"WOW! This book is great! The concept is so inventive, and the writing is brilliant."

"I thought Cinder & Ella jerked with my emotions too much but this one might have
it beat."

"I finished reading If We Were a Movie yesterday. I loved it! I fell hard for Nate. Jordan was amazing! And Pearl's timing was perfect! "

"Amazing concept with movies as chapters, and fantastic storyline." 

"I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be."

"If We Were a Movie made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists, and re-read it all at once."

My Review

IF WE WERE A MOVIE was a cute story full of movie references about a guy trying to find himself his freshman year of college. Oram's usual snark, humor, and lovable characters were all present, as was an emotional plot and a little bit of fate in the form of Pearl, the Matchmaker. If you've enjoyed Oram's other books, then you'll enjoy this one.

There was a lot I liked in this story:
- I loved the characters, specifically Nate and Jordan. Nate's brothers and dad were all great, as were Jordan's friends. Sophie drove me crazy, but that was her assigned role.
- Pearl was just as fun as usual in this story. I loved how she was a little frustrated with these two and her wit and charm.
- There were some fabulous and touching moments all throughout this book. Real, down-to-earth, memory-making moments that made this story as good as it is.
- I loved all the movie references. This was such a great plot choice! I loved how Jordan took movies and applied them to current situations or people. It was hilarious and fun!
- I loved the music references as well. Nate is really talented and I could relate to some of his creative musical challenges.
- I loved how Nate and Jordan fit so well together. They make great friends and just understand each other like no one else. 
- I loved the ending scene. Sweet and funny and right on with these characters and this story. I was getting a little worried towards the end with the twist that was pulled so the ending saved the story.

Then there were a few things that didn't quite work for me:
- The idea of Nate being a freshman and Jordan being a junior... Well, that's a big level of age difference in college. It would work more as a sophomore and senior or a senior and junior or freshman and sophomore, or something. If I forgot about it, then it worked, but once I remembered, it didn't.
- There was a lot of innuendo, heavy making out, suggestive content, and partying and whatnot at different points. Jordan also has a gay friend that was a huge aspect of the story. He was a great character and there was some great humor from having him, but it did get a little old and it's just not my thing. Am I saying this is unrealistic? No. It is definitely realistic. I just didn't really like it and it surprised me with this collection which is supposed to be more on the cleaner side.

Kelly Oram really does write some highly entertaining plots and some great characters. IF WE WERE A MOVIE was no exception. An enjoyable story full of humor and romance.

Content: Partying, innuendo, suggestive content, gay references (if that's an issue for you).

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the tour host for the purposes of its tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

Power of the Matchmaker Series

(No specific reading order necessary)


The Power Of the Matchmaker is multi-author project consisting of 12 stand alone novels from 12 different bestselling authors in 12 months. All books are separate from each other except they feature one reoccurring character, a magical matchmaker named Pearl. Since Pearl is magical, she lives for hundreds of years and roams the entire world helping people find their perfect matches. The books in this series are twelve of Pearl's matchmaking stories. They will vary in genre, but they will all have one thing in common: Pearl will be doing whatever it takes to make two people fall in love.

Power of the MatchmakerBroken Things to Mend (Power of the Matchmaker)Not Always Happenstance (Power of the Matchmaker)
(Linked to my reviews for the books I've read.)

About the Author

Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.

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