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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

REVIEW: "Not In The Script" by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script (If Only . . . #3)
Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan
For Ages 13+ (Language, Drinking, Sexual Innuendo)
Young Adult -- Contemporary

Bloomsbury Children's -- Published October 7, 2014
Ebook, 272 pages
Read in September 2014
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
First Person Narrative, Dual POVs

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 wonders 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.


FIRST LINE
"Celebrity Seekers claims that I'm dating Troy again, " I say as I skim the pages of the gossip magazine.

MY THOUGHTS
I have this minor obsession with reading books about celebrities especially teen and child stars.  I guess I just am fascinated by the idea of basically living two lives: the public one and the private one.  So I was intrigued by the premise of Not In The Script and did like it, for the most part.  For a debut, I was really impressed with the writing style and the character development.

Not In The Script tells the story of teenaged actors who begin working on a television show and the drama that is associated with the melding of such personalities.  The two main characters are Emma Taylor, a seasoned actress who is known for her bad taste in boyfriends, and Jake Elliott, a model who is trying out acting for the first time.  The book is told through Emma and Jake's alternating points of view which allows readers to get to know both of them pretty well.  They have had different paths to the set of Coyote Hills in Arizona, but they are both likable and mature for their age. 

The other two "stars" of the television show are Brett Crawford, former child star and Hollywood bad boy, and Kimmi Weston, up and coming diva extraordinaire.  I had a more difficult time with these two.  I felt for Brett and his inability to separate his actor persona from his regular life, but his decisions just got moronic as the story went along.  I wasn't actually shocked the revelations regarding him at the end of the book due to the fact that he got under my skin from the beginning.  Kimmi was a little bit better in that she redeemed herself to Emma (at least) by the end, but I still had trouble believing her change of heart.  And don't even get me started on Emma's best friend, Rachel, who transformed rapidly throughout the story...and not always in the best way.

I did find the backstage information about the development of a TV show to be really interesting.  I love the interactions between the cast and the crew plus all the little tidbits that the author threw in.  I guess I just wish there had been more page time devoted to the relationships between the characters.  They were there, but rarely delved into the way that I wanted.  Some of the characters' actions were a little too convenient for the plot's sake and I found myself wanting more.

But, I did think (especially for a debut) that Amy Finnegan shows some real potential.  She obviously researched how TV shows are created and even provided some intriguing social commentary regarding tabloids and celebrity culture.  Not In The Script was an enjoyable way to spend a weekend afternoon and I am interested to see what the author does next.

I received a free copy of this book from Bloomsbury Children's via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


3 STARS

STEAM LEVEL
Blush -- Kisses with no/minor touching.

OTHER REVIEWS
Rather Be Reading (Worth It)
Reading With ABC (4 Stars)
Her Book Thoughts (4 Stars)

SIMILAR BOOKS/SERIES
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Between The Lines by Tammara Webber
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Airhead by Meg Cabot

1 comment:

  1. I also really like to read about celebrities in books. The dual life they lead. I'm curious about this one, although I don't think I'm going to rush out to read it since the author didn't spend as much time on the relationships, which is what I care about the most.

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