Review+Giveaway: Just Like a Musical

Friday, February 21, 2014
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Just Like a Musical
Release Date: 12/15/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Fields has always lived by the rules set up by her foolishly overprotective mother. As a result, she doesn't go to school, she's never been kissed, and almost everything she knows about life is what she has learned from old movies.

But there's this Joshua guy. He's quirky, and he's tall, and he uses “romantic” and “old-fashioned” in the same sentence.

And there's Mrs. Wheeler, an eccentric retired Hollywood costume designer and Ruby's new best friend.

When Mrs. Wheeler ends up in hospital, just after telling Ruby her long-kept secret, Ruby decides to break her mother's rules and embark on a journey that will change her life forever.


I love the characters, as they all show a realistic personality, with having both strong and weak sides.  I love how Ruby takes it to herself to finally do something on her own and discover things on her own.  I love how she’s totally relatable, and feels like a teenager without being the whiney type. Above all else, I love that she was able to make friends with Mrs. Wheeler even though she’s old because only a few don’t make fun of old people anymore.  I love how Joshua was able to continue living as normal as he can, and his Tourette’s Syndrome didn’t really make him look so pitiable as a character.  He has his own problems related to his disease, but he is someone strong enough to overcome them.

When Mrs. Wheeler’s health comes to worse, Ruby and Joshua set off to an adventure to find Mrs. Wheeler’s long lost daughter.  The entire adventure was really realistic, except for the phone call from Ruby’s mother.  I had thought that her overprotective mom will go chasing her down and bring her home.  However, it was a good thing that they were able to go off their own adventure because Ruby was able to realize a lot of things on her own.

Veen has also written Just Like a Musical beautifully well.  Her ability to make readers feel the emotions of the characters is amazing.  This book may just have been a short read (less than 200 pages) but it has made me realize some life lessons.  I loved the way how Veen connects life with musicals and screenplays.

“We were like two debut actors on the silver screen. And life - life was just like a musical.  Sad and beautiful at the same time.”

There was just one thing I didn’t like, which was the way some parts were narrated instead of being shown.  It felt a little less personal to me that way.  Nevertheless, Just Like a Musical is a splendid story about life, parent-child relationship, and growing up with a touch of romance.


About the Author

Milena Veen was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Her first piece of writing, a poem about a walking cherry, saw the light of the day when she was seven. She's been writing ever since.

Milena graduated from University of Belgrade with a degree in psychology. She lives in a little European town with her husband and a mute cat. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading, riding her bicycle, and listening to music. She prefers clouds to sunshine and coffee to tea. 

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