October 10, 2016

Review: My Unscripted Life

My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Grade: C
Release date: October 11, 2016
An e-galley was provided by the publisher in exchange for review consideration.
Summary: Sometimes love stories go off script.

Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the precollege fine arts program of her dreams. But if she'd gone away, she wouldn't have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade.

It's not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo—she's just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there's a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there's more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . .

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Dee Wilkie is one of the luckiest characters in the world. She stumbles into a job on a movie set, and then a pop star falls in love with her. The unlikelihood of that happening to any real girl is enormous. However, as someone who's never seen a movie set, I felt like Lauren described that extremely well. I could picture where the characters were and it seemed realistic.
However, there was so much unnecessary drama with Milo's ex, and the book was a big cliche about small town life being boring. (If anyone's seen Gilmore Girls, you know that's not always the case.) I never fully connected with Dee, and she and Milo seemed to be the only characters important to the narrative. 
Language was pretty mild; I caught half a dozen s-words at most.

The Verdict: I think this is going to be my last Lauren Morrill book. There's nothing special about them anymore, and nothing can surpass Being Sloane Jacobs.

Will I be adding this book to my library?: No.

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