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NOT IN THE SCRIPT
If Only Series #3
by Amy Finnegan
Release date: October 7th, 2014
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Format read: ARC from the publisher.
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.
This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.
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This book is just full of fun moments and captures the price people pay for being in the spotlight, especially those that go into it at a young age. I feel that Amy Finnegan really captured the true essence to each of her characters - realistic, likable and charming. I like a writer who can not only give us great details, but also amazing dialogue and chemistry. From the first page, I was deeply invested in each of the characters and very curious as to how their stories were going to unfold.
Emma has been America's TV sweetheart for quite a while now. There is no escaping the attention. She doesn't mind the attention, too much. She's worked long and hard to get where she is and being a public figure, she's always known that having any privacy would be a blessing. So having to deal with the paparazzi and the rumors and made-up stories that some of those paparazzo's like to make-up has become second-nature to her. It's not easy. But she's a pro at it by now. Especially after the last few mistakes that she's made - you live and learn. Emma's sworn to not go through anymore public humiliation and has decided to keep things on-set professional now - no more dating co-stars.
But things get tricky now that she's starring on a new TV show and the lead actor that the producers have chosen is the guy she's been crushing on since she was a tween. No matter what age you are/were, your first crush will always leave you tongue-tied and stupid. But Emma's determined to turn a new leaf, and no matter how cute and charming Brett is, she will find a way to deter herself from him.
And then we meet Jake. Jake, the billboard supermodel with killer abs. The cowboy supermodel who's posters are plastered all over Emma's BFF's bedroom walls. The guy who Emma promised her BFF that if she should ever meet him, she would introduce them. The guy who Emma could not possibly have any sort of attraction to... she's sworn off co-stars, plus, her best friend likes him. This isn't something that can happen right now. The timing is off. And, someone keeps tipping off the tabloids to bring attention to the new show.
It's getting harder and harder for Emma to keep her professional and personal lives colliding into a big mess.
NOT IN THE SCRIPT is character driven at its best! I really loved watching Emma grow stronger and stronger as the story went along - sticking up for herself and stepping up in all the things that she believed in and thought was right. She didn't let anyone tell her different and she puts up a really, really good fight. I really fell hard for Jake. He was so patient, understanding (most of the time) and really gave Emma the space she needed in order for her to do the things that she needed to do.
The other characters were, for lack of a better words to describe them, interesting, fun and entertaining! Great supporting cast!
NOT IN THE SCRIPT is full of fun, whit, and amazing chemistry!
A great teen-romance novel to dive into to get away from it all!
(*An ARC was sent to me from the publisher for the blog tour and an honest review.
All thoughts are my own.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Amy Finnegan
Amy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT (Bloomsbury, Oct 2014), came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as Parks and Recreation, and Parenthood.
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