Each time I read a young adult novel, I question it as I sit down to begin the first page. Perhaps that’s my skepticism talking because I’ve been disappointed one too many times by the genre or maybe it’s my practical side wonderful why I like to read a genre where more often the not the characters are immature and often leave me wanting to shake them.
BOOK REVIEW | ‘DESTINED FOR DOON,’ BY CAREY CORP AND LORIE LANGDON
STORY: This debut novel tells the story of Hollywood “it” girl Emma Taylor. A good girl, who keeps good grades along with plenty of college credits already to her name not to mention has starred in an award-winning film at a young age, Emma’s kryptonite arrives in the form of dating bad boys. She has had a string of exes, all of whom have wound up cheating on her and breaking her heart. Now Emma has a rule: she will no longer be dating her co-stars. That is where the trouble ends. Trouble finds her again when the new show she is cast on features the boy of her girlhood crushes, and the new guy-on-the-scene, Jake Elliott, soon appeals to Emma.
Not in the Script, by Amy Finnegan | Book Review
Secular genres are hard for me to get behind, partly because of the age group they target and the issues they deal with (depending on how the author writes it) can overshadow what’s good. This novel seems to stick with its “cute” genes and that worked really well for it. The result was absolutely darling. I enjoyed everything about it. It’s the kind of happy-go-lucky read I needed before a stack of “tougher” reads were coming next in line. If you’re not a fan of the romantic-comedy that is all about being cute and follows many of the same patterns as those that came before, then Not in the Script isn’t for you. It’s a cute work of fiction that has great things going for it.‘NOT IN THE SCRIPT,’ BY AMY FINNEGAN #FWarchives #BookLovers Click To Tweet
Aside from the characters, what I enjoy most about Not in the Script is its setting. I don’t recall reading a novel set in the TV/film industry, so this was an obviously unique setting that definitely upped the curiosity as we are invited to a behind-the-scenes look at what might go on off-camera – this is especially cool to a television addict, which I have self-professed to be.
Another thing that might surprise potential readers is the characters having more depth than you might assume. Emma’s character is a fantastic heroine; I enjoy her passion for doing more than just being a popular face of a world obsessed with “perfect” and also the way she was able to reconnect with her family. Both MC’s are wonderful, even in spite of the dash to pick up the pieces nearer the end when it looks like the couple might not make up. Another thing to mention is the slightly older age of its protagonists. That element never ceases to earn brownie points in my reading-must “book of rules.”
A companion novel in the “If Only” series by three different authors, if the other books are anything like Not in the Script, I’ll definitely be reading them as well. I dare you to read this and not find many “aw…” moments among its pages. This debut author knew how to direct a charming, sparkling romantic-comedy.
About the Book:
Author: Amy Finnegan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: If Only, 3
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher (Lizzy) for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.