September 29, 2014

Review: Not in the Script

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan
Grade: B+
Release date: October 7, 2014
This ARC was provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma can’t help but wonder if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: My notes for Not in the Script are very scatterbrained. I read this book over the 2 days before I moved into my dorm, and now it's four days later. This review isn't probably going to be my best, but I want to share my thoughts! First off, I liked Emma - and not just because of her name. She wasn't your typical young actress - worn-out, or diva-ish, or whatever. She seemed so normal, and I loved that. Jake was cool, too. However, both Brett and Kimmi seemed a bit stereotypical - for Brett, maybe it was just because he reminds me of someone I know, and for Kimmi, she needed to be more unique. She had great character growth, though. As of page 80 in my ARC, the show they're all on, Coyote Hills, seemed a bit stereotypical as well; I also noted that I worried about the potential of a love triangle or even a love square. A bit of a love triangle exists, but it's entirely one-sided with one of the guys, so it didn't bother me too much. The couple that did end up together, though... Oh my word, y'all, they were adorable. Their flirting was so cute, and they were friends who obviously knew they liked each other, but it isn't until the end of the book that they say 'love.' Oh, and that ending? I reread it after watching episode 70 of Emma Approved so I was squealing over 2 different couples with Emmas in them.
Minimal swearing, clean romance, minor violence.

The Verdict: Overall, I think Not in the Script is best summed-up with the word cute. It's not that memorable, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm also hoping Bloomsbury will announce new books in the If Only series soon!

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