I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan
Series: If Only... #3
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
• Not in the Script is my kind of book. It’s cute with some humor and seriousness thrown in and the main characters are famous, an aspect I love reading about. Not in the Script is very character driven, not much else is going on besides the filming of the TV show.
• Emma is a fairly well known actress who has been hounded by the paparazzi. As we all know they manipulate things and definitely caught some bad moments for Emma. Emma also has a history of picking guys who are all wrong for her and her last boyfriend Troy was particularly obnoxious. Emma was easy to like. She worried constantly about other people, especially her best friend Rachel. She took acting seriously, but wasn’t a diva about it. She also grew into her personality as Not in the Script progressed and starting standing up for herself and saying what she really thought, while trying to approach it nicely as well.
• Loved Jake. He fell into his stardom as a model by accident and then managed to get a roll on the same TV show as Emma. He was absolutely adorable. He hated the attention and while he didn’t hate modeling and acting it was not what he wanted to do forever, but did it because of reasons that will make your heart melt just a little. He’s patient with Emma, but not a complete doormat. Emma and Jake are super cute together though, even when the argue.
• Brett is an actor on the show and he is exactly how you picture grown up child actors to behave. He’s a spoiled brat that’s gotten in to some trouble and is trying to clean up his image. He’s a good actor, both on, and off, the set. Emma’s had a huge crush on him for forever and he finds out about it and, well, things go on from there.
• Kimmi is another actor on the show and is quite the diva, especially at first. I didn’t think I would end up liking her, but I did. Her and Emma’s weird friendship worked well for both of them.
• At first I thought this was going to be one of those run of the mill “my best friend likes this guy but now that I’ve met him I like him and he likes me so we are going to be together and the best friend gets hurt” story, but it’s not. Rachel is not your typical best friend and any sad feelings I thought I would have for her waned as the story went on. Let’s just say that Rachel has a lot of issues to work out.
• Emma’s relationship with her family was a bit rocky at times, but that’s understandable when your mother is your manager. Despite the rockiness I loved that Emma had parents that they were around and active in her life (whether she wanted them to be or not). Jake’s mom is also around a lot and is pretty awesome herself. The relationship that Jake has with his mom is one that I would hope that every child would have with their parents.
Overall I really enjoyed Not in the Script. It’s a cute, light, end of summer read!