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From Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: McGosling Forever

Fun Estelle fact: I am obsessed with pop culture and celebrity gossip. Alexa from Alexa Loves Books and I talk about this… a lot. Which is kind of great. Not everyone gets it. During one of our many conversations, we thought it might be fun to think of some “true” Hollywood stories that would translate to an addicting, amazing young adult read. So here we are with a little bit of that today! Sidenote: this was so much fun to do… I was fangirling in the process. Be sure to stop by Alexa’s blog to see which Hollywood story made the cut for her.

2007 was a really tough year for me.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

It was the year that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams broke up. I’m sure you know that this sizzling couple starred in the Nicholas Sparks tear jerking book to film version of The Notebook. In the movie, they played two people from very different worlds: Ryan as Noah, this blue collar kid, and Allie, a gal who has grown up in an affluent family. The two form an unlikely pair — constantly sparring — but their age, her parents, and some misunderstandings pull them apart until they reunite when Allie is about to get married to someone else years later.

This movie is so sexy and so sad at the same time. It really felt like Ryan and Rachel were Noah and Allie — that their relationship came from something true. (This is probably one of the only instances where I would say a film is better than a book.) But, alas, according to the director of The Notebook, Ryan didn’t think Rachel was so great at her job and they didn’t get along too well.

And then there was this:

First of all, Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff in the same room? The OMG from Lindsay? I remember watching this on TV and thinking it was one of the sexiest things in the entire universe.

For two glorious years, we watched Ryan and Rachel attend Hollywood events together, drooled over pictures of them together, got giggly over quotes from the two in mags, and, most of all, crossed our fingers and toes for that   engagement announcement. But unfortunately that dreaded 2007 came and they broke up. Despite the hope sparked from a few pictures of Rachel lounging in Ryan’s lap in 2008, they haven’t truly been together since. Cue tears.

There are so many reasons why their relationship would translate into a great YA. Here they are:

→ Chemistry. Are you kidding? They are both gorgeous.
→ They are never that couple that loves to be in the media. They like their privacy. This makes them human beings.
→ When they first met, they didn’t really like each other. Tension! Intrigue.
→ Ryan’s tendency to date his female co-stars (Sandra Bullock, Rachel, and now Eva Mendes) always intrigues me.  Scandalous!
→ His success/ambitions vs. her success/ambitions: an interesting conflict that may or may not have had something to do with them breaking up.
→ Their break up! (Apparently Rachel broke up with Ryan?) The possible reunion! Can you see it now?

Let me prove it to you further with some pictures:

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling - Great YA Premise

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And how about a few romantic, supportive lines like these:

→ “I mean, God bless The Notebook. It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.” – Ryan Gosling

→ “He’s very brave. I don’t think he sees the point [in taking a role] unless he can find out what he’s made of every time. He just doesn’t back off. He goes into everything from that place.” – Rachel McAdams

Well, until this sweeping story hits bookshelves (in some shape or form), here are a few books that I think can tide you over until then:

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty: Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie just feel like Rachel and Ryan to me. An unlikely couple, the key to happily ever after is not so easy for them in this series. You really have to read the whole thing to see what unfolds.

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert: Falling in love and the price of fame. Not exactly Rachel and Ryan’s story but there are definitely some similarities here.

Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols: Okay, this one is technically “adult” but the characters are in their late 20s, have a history, and are working amongst celebrities. They don’t exactly like each other but their chemistry is undeniable. I could really put any Echols book in this category but passion is such an important part of Rachel and Ryan’s story, so there we go.

Good news though, guys, there’s still hope. Neither Ryan or Rachel are married yet. Cross your fingers… we could still see them together again.

So what do you think? Would Ryan and Rachel in YA form for a read you would pick up? McGosling fans, unite!
What Hollywood romances (or trainwrecks) would make the best YA?

Thanks so much to Alexa for teaming up with me for this one!

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August 5, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh my goodness, I love this. Can you please write this book? They are definitely one of those Hollywood couples I always wished would rekindle. I was devastated when they broke up.

July 23, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Kristina - I forgot about that clip. WOW. He’s just WOW.

July 23, 2013 - 10:16 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh yes, this is good. And what a great couple – so pretty together. And that quote about God Bless The Notebook – good gracious. Yes, let’s get these two back together and pronto. (And I love how stylish they both are. They fit well.) FUN.

July 21, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Alexa Y. - Basically, doing these posts was one of the best ideas we’ve ever had! And you chose the perfect pair for yours – Ryan + Rachel! (I’ve watched that Best Kiss video way more times than I would be willing to admit…). Seriously though, their love story? Perfect for a YA book. Perhaps someone should write that one….

July 18, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Leah - Oh. …oh MY. Estelle. This post has done things to me that shouldn’t be happening. I’m seriously LOVING every single thing about this & am totally incoherent right now.

July 18, 2013 - 3:35 pm

sarah - i kind of want to write this now…

July 18, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Allison L - I am kinda in love with this post. I used to love, love, LOVE Ryan and Rachel together, and I too was so upset when they broke up. And that best kiss video? AHHH! I remember watching that when it happened, and then rewinding it to watch it again. Has it really been that long since they broke up? I think part of me still refuses to believe it. 😉

July 18, 2013 - 1:19 pm


July 18, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Natalie @ books, etc - You don’t even know how much I love you for writing this post. Like, seriously. I love Ryan Gosling (which is no secret) and I loved him and Rachel McAdams together! I’m so sad I never saw them wandering around the city when they were together – although a couple of my friends did and I’m insanely jealous of them! Oh yeah, Ryan Gosling’s mom lives in my city, so he stops in every once in a while, and I kick myself every time her comes and I don’t see him and make him fall in love with me! 🙁

July 18, 2013 - 10:08 am

Britttany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How cute is this! I’m really digging this idea. I loved those two together and HELLO. THE NOTEBOOK. It was freaking fantastic. I even liked it better than the book, so I would love to see a book based on their real romance! I would totally read that.

July 18, 2013 - 9:54 am

Kristin - What an original idea! And you are totally right. I would read a Ryan Gosling YA book in a heartbeat. I love him. Think I’ll go watch The Notebook now…

July 18, 2013 - 9:12 am

Bookworm1858 - Thank you for sharing that video-one of my faves, which indicates to me that today will be a good day.

July 18, 2013 - 3:12 am

Hazel - I totally love these two together!! Oh and I’m really glad to see Sloppy Firsts in your recommendations. I absolutely enjoyed reading that series, it was a crazy ride. <3

July 18, 2013 - 1:51 am

Cee - Oh man, this takes me back!

I was so in love with the two of them. They made sense together. In my teenage drama queen days, I remember thinking that if certain couples (like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson) did not make it, then love is dead. I felt that way about Ryan and Rachel. I was sooooo devastated when they broke up. Like, WHYYYYY.

The only Hollywood romance I can think of off the top of my head is Lindsay Lohan/Aaron Carter/Hilary Duff? LOLLLL. I think that would make a good YA novel, especially if it became about female friendships (+ girl power and maybe a bit of revenge mixed into it) instead of what actually happened irl with the three.

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