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Emory Jones loves two things: horror movies and Connor Nichols.

For the past four years, Emory, Connor, and their families have vacationed side by side on Longboat Key, Florida. Eighteen-year-old Emory has pined for his neighbor from behind the covers of Stephen King books, but college boy Connor has never noticed him. Probably because Emory looks like Jack Skellington with good hair.

Emory anticipates another predictable summer of sunburn and disappointment. Instead, he ends up with a mystery on his hands when a beloved beach bum goes missing, and Connor volunteers to help with the search. Turns out it’s not just scary movie cops who are worthless, so the boys start an investigation of their own - leading them straight to an abandoned beach resort.

Despite the danger, Emory and Connor grow closer, but as Emory’s gay dreams start coming true, so do the horror movie tropes he so loves. Even though he knows that sex equals death in slasher flicks, Emory can’t keep his hands off the guy of his teenage dreams.

This Is Not a Horror Movie is a 78,000-word new adult gay rom-com...with a monster.

"In This Is Not a Horror Movie, you have two highly engaging characters and a mysterious and funny horror story that simply oozes summertime spirit." (Best-selling author Lily Morton)

©2021 Sara Dobie Bauer (P)2021 Sara Dobie Bauer

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  • 07-13-21

Adorbs!

I was pulled in to this story listening to a sample as it was being recorded, so I HAD to have it when it came out. I was NOT disappointed. The writing is lovely, the love story ADORABLE, the characters believable, and the narration seamless. The horror part was done well, not over-the-top or overly gross, but because the paranormal stuff came into the story so late and the "villain" a bit one-dimensional in their motivation (compared to the protagonists) I had to work a little harder to suspend my disbelief than I might have otherwise. That said, I loved the main characters so much it didn't really distract me at all, just gnawed a little when revisiting the book in my mind.

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Can a story of young live be sweet & scary as hell? Yessssssss!!!

I enjoyed the HELL out of this paranormal summer, NA mystery!!

Young love ❤️❤️
Missing people
Dead bodies
An abandoned resort
Bad juju!

The kids (young adults) save the day!

SUPERB narration by a new-to-me narrator who handled a large cast SPLENDIDLY!

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Absolutely Wonderful and Hilarious!

I am not one for writing reviews, usually satisfied with giving a vague star rating and leaving it there. This book however compelled me (like the power of… you know) to take the time and I assure you, it was no trouble. First, the mystery plot and the pop culture/ horror movie trope references were well thought out, well placed and the pacing was spot on.
Secondly all the characters are fleshed out and real (except perhaps Connor’s father, I’d love his back story!) and captured perfectly by Mr. Lockheart. Well done, sir!
Finally, this has to be one of the funniest books I have read in a very, very long time. I cannot remember having laughed out loud so many times before (much to the discomfort of my fellow subway riders who edged away from me ever so subtly!). All in all a splendid read/listen. I very much look forward to discovering more of Ms, Dobie Bauer’s work in the future. In any case, I shall always be glad to have come across this book. Thank you so much.
P. S. I was NOT supplied a free copy of this book but bought it on my own volition and wrote this review because I enjoyed it so much. Just WOW!

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not your average boring summer

This is Not a Horror Movie is an enjoyable story with humor, mystery, and all the fixings for a good horror movie. Emory, Connor, and their families spend their summer vacations at Longboat Key, Florida. Emory figured this year would be no different than the others, he'd burn in the sun and pine after Connor. Boy was he wrong. Emory and Connor found themselves on an unbelievable adventure they never saw coming. But would anyone believe what they found and would they make it out alive? In all the madness Emory and Connor found a way to tell each other how they really felt about the other. And turned out to be really sweet together. This book turned out better than I expected and I recommend it. 
Narrator Blake Lockheart does a fabulous job and really brings this book to life.

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love the mystery

this did keep me on my toes and the mc love was just swoon love this book

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Romance, giggles, and a few chills

I knew I had to listen to this as soon as I read the synopsis! This was an excellent story, with wonderful narration. It's easy to get pulled in, and Lockheart was a great narrator. I felt like I wasn't just listening to the story, but watching it unfold in front of me as well. Emory and Connor are so different, yet fit so well together. There were plenty of twists, and while there were some moments that made me giggle, there were also some that had me waiting with bated breath to know what happened next. Highly recommend if you're looking for a mix of romance, giggles, and a few chills.

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Super fun summer listening!

The combination of the scary mystery and the budding romance between Emory and Connor made for a engaging and unique story. The narrator did an excellent job giving life to the characters. Really enjoyed it!

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I love this !

This audible needs to be made into a movie, it would definitely be an excellent movie! The characters are perfect and each compliments the other .

Blake Lockheart does an amazing job with his narration. slow and sexy in the right areas, full of suspense and intense when needed.

I received this audible free, this is my honest review

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Emory and Connor's Love Adventure

Even though it’s been decades since my own young adulthood, I still can’t resist YA/NA fiction. My favorite of these is the slightly nerdy, gawky teen who’s still unsure of their place in the world. While Emory has graduated high school, he’s still trying to fit into his own skin. ‘This Is Not a Horror Movie’ is an excellent chronicle of Emory’s journey to finding himself and love.

After spending several vacations together on Longboat Key, it’s not until Connor is 20 and Emory is 18 that they admit their mutual feelings to each other. Their romance is a sweet slow-burn filled with carnival dates, and later on, evil that requires vanquishing.

The book is marvelously told from Emory’s POV. He is by turns amusing and awkward. Another narrative device that I really like is a short flashback inserted from time-to-time, giving readers a glimpse into the previous summers of Emory and Connor’s gradual progress to becoming boyfriends. Sara Dobie Bauer delivers a solidly-written plot populated with well-drawn characters.

The paranormal element of the story, while hinted at throughout, doesn’t come to full fruition until late in the book. What starts off as a mystery involving an abandoned resort and Emory’s homeless friend going missing grows into full-on supernatural suspense. The book gives off a bit of a ‘Stranger Things’ vibe, with the boys having to face down the evil themselves when they come up against disbelieving cops.

This light, fun coming-of-age romantic adventure is perfect for the beach, pool, or wherever your perfect sun-basking spot is.

Blake Lockheart is a new-to-me narrator. I love his interpretation of Emory's narrative. His superb voice-acting brings a wonderful sense of realism into Bauer's story.

I requested this audiobook as a free review copy and am now submitting a voluntary opinion of it.

Highly recommended.

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Unexpected 😜

Unexpected in many, many, but only good ways 😉
New to me author as well as narrator, but both so good that I will be definitely looking into more of their works 👍👍
The story was funny, sweet and quirky. The characters unique and adorkable. And the plot was... unexpected 😁
Hope there will be more of the same coming 🤩

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  • Lindsay
  • 07-27-21

Fun, scary and romantic

I really enjoyed this audio not only is it a lovely teenage love story but then it also plays out amongst a demon attacking the town. I thought the characters were great and I really felt for Emory and Conor as they developed in their relationship it felt very real

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  • Lesetiger
  • 07-23-21

Emory and Connor

I really like YA/NA stories in between and the blurb appealed to me right away, so I was very excited about this audiobook.
Emory's and Connor's families have spent several vacations in the same place and yet it takes time before they are able to admit their feelings.

The story is told from Emory's point of view as he slowly comes out of his shell to find himself and love. I really liked Emory and it was as amusing as it was interesting to witness how he is doing with Connor.
The love story develops slowly, and in flashbacks you always learn a bit of the past summers that Emory and Connor spent together.
A classy character was Emory's twin sister, who you can't help but love and can't miss in the story.
And if you like horror stories or movies, you'll love this book even more. I have to say that I knew many of the movies mentioned, which is why I really enjoyed the audiobook.
At the same time, the story is creepy and suspenseful, as Emory's friend disappears and strange things happen in the abandoned resort. Will Leland be found in time? And who is behind what is happening?

I didn't know the narrator Blake Lockheart before, but he really rocked this audio book and read absolutely outstanding. I'll have to remember him. He portrayed the characters believably and brought the story to life with his voice and all the emotions he did a great job of conveying.

I received a review copy of this audiobook and this is my honest opinion.
I haven't read the book, but as an audiobook "This is not a horror movie" was even more fun: it's romantic, suspenseful, humorous and a great narration.
I highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • Macbandit
  • 07-12-21

First crush/love

I normally read/listen to nothing like YA but the blurb just drew me in. I’m so glad I did. This is such a fun, heartbreaking story. Emory who is much more than he thinks he is and Connor who doesn’t seem to have the confidence I think he should have had. These two on their first date is cute. Emory’s twin sister Liz adds so much to the story. The mystery/horror part added to the overall story. The narration by Blake Lockheart really brings book to life. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the story near as much without his making the characters so real.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 06-24-21

Wow

What do you get when you listen to a book with absolutely fantastic characters, a strong storyline, a good dose of humour and scary movies, Plus a dash of amazing (ok the whole bottle) narration? This book that’s what and you need to listen to it. The characters had me enthralled from the first chapter til the last

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  • Susana
  • 06-22-21

Great audio!

This is a really fun YA novel, Emory is an very likable character, he is snark and sarcastic teenage with insecurities and very impulsive, I love his relationship with his twin sister, both have a great banter going on! Connor is two year older that Emory and he is the cautious one, he and Emory have a good friendship and later when they start dating they are so cute, funny and adorable! they really are perfect! The mystery of the story is very entertaining and has you hooked! Sara’s writing is very good and you would love the characters in this story! Blake Lockheart did an excellent job narrating this book, he really brings this book to life, I really enjoy listening Emery and Connor! I highly recommended this audiobook!

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  • Starwarslover
  • 06-22-21

good

i really liked this. narrator did an amazing job with the characteristics and their personalities. it was fun to listen to.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 06-21-21

Great New Adult story! Great Audio Performance!

I really enjoyed this story a lot when I read it with my eyes; Blake Lockheart’s audio performance made me love it even more. The voices he used were great and made it easy to distinguish the different characters. Sometimes when I listen to the audio of a book that I’ve read recently I don’t pay close attention to it because I already know the story. This was not the case with This is not a Horror Movie. Blake Lockheart sucked me into the story all over again and had me paying very close attention to the whole thing.

If you’re looking for hot and steamy this might not be the book for you. But, if you’re looking for a fun, witty, and a bit scary, escape about two young guys who fall in love I highly recommend this book. The story really grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. It’s told in first person from Emory’s POV until the Epilogue which is from Connor’s POV.

I’ve only read three other books by Sara Dobie Bauer but I loved each of them. Her writing is diverse and compelling. This is Not a Horror Movie is about two guys about to start their college years. Their families each spend the same few weeks on Longboat Key each year so the families have gotten to know each other.

Connor and Emory share a love of horror movies (I do not share this love at all – LOL) and they bond while watching movies. They never expected to actually experience their own personal horror story. Emory’s twin sister, Liz, is a great secondary character who adds a lot to the story. Their sibling bickering reminded me a lot of my childhood. They might fight and say nasty things to each other but they are also fiercely loyal to one another.

Like many of the horror movies mentioned throughout the book, Connor and Emory have difficulty convincing the adults of the danger that they’ve discovered. A lot happens before the adults finally realize that the kids aren’t making up a story.

I look forward to reading more books by Sara Dobie Bauer.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 06-18-21

Great fun, sweet and a joy to listen to!

First off, this is a great story for lovers of horror movies, humour, romance. Lucky me, I'm a fan of all three :)
This is such a good story! The characters are fun - from Emory (aka Emily - funny how that started), his twin, Liz, Connor (of course), their parents (both sets mostly supportive), to the others (villains, lazy 80's cop (lol), etc.). Ms. Bauer created a fun, yet slightly menacing story, with a dash (a pinch, really) of teenage angst, all the best horror movie references, a great first POV from Emory and romance. Honestly, this is more than a YA/NA story, it's really just a great story that transcends any type of trope.
As for the narration - Blake Lockheart has done a fantastic job - his Emory is in turn funny, introspective, snarky, awkward (sometimes all in one conversation!). He did a great job with the other characters as well and has subtle, but great comedic timing. Honestly, this will be a relisten in the near future. Excellent all the way through :)

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 06-16-21

Coming of Age

The romance between Emory and Connor is delightful. These are two young men discovering themselves and their sexuality one summer in Florida. They are realistically young and insecure about a lot of things and I loved them. I would have been perfectly satisfied just with their story, but Bauer gives us so much more. We have a truly dark and scary mystery the two guys get involved in and the lightness of their Hardy Boys adventure quickly gets much scarier. I never really think of YA relationships in HEA terms, but these two make a lovely, age appropriate couple and I like to think about how their off page relationship will grow and develop over time. Blake Lockheart did a superb job here of making the boys sound like their appropriate ages with all the emotional ups and downs. He also made the mystery deliciously spooky.

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  • zoe pappa
  • 06-14-21

Epic!!!

Omg I loved every minute of this audiobook so so so much!! This book is great. We have Emory, the cute nerd, and Connor, the handsome jock. It starts like most summer romances, it's cute and funny and we even get a sassy twin sister. Then there's a mystery disappearance and after that things escalate and it gets really bad for the young adults. It was suspenseful and I really loved the pacing and the writing style and all the horror movie and book references. And the ending was just epic. I had the best time listening this audiobook and I think that the narrator did an excellent job bringing the story to life! Amazing!