Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Posted September 15, 2014 by valeranne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script

by Amy Finnegan
Series: If Only... #3
Published on October 7th, 2014
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

4 Stars

Just to clarify, this is technically the third book in the series but they are all written by different authors with different characters; the thread that ties these three books together is the publisher and the wonderful covers. I plan on reading the other two books but it’s not necessary, there are no spoilers or anything.

Now to delve in, I LOVED this book! At one point while reading, I had to go change the clothes from the washer to the dryer and I legitimately SKIPPED back to my room to read more. The next day while reading, I wished that instead of throwing flowers, I could be a flower girl who threw happiness in the form of this book (sadly I can’t fulfill my wish, it would cause too much bodily harm) because I loved it THAT MUCH.

It’s a love story told through dual POVs, Emma Taylor and Jake Elliot, who meet while on set for their new television show Coyote Hills. What made this book stand out? These characters are so well-developed! I was expecting a light story with a cute plot that I wouldn’t be attached to but Amy created these characters and gave them a firm foundation which instantly had me hooked; I found it refreshing that the words and actions of these characters aligned with the initial foundation we were given and that they actually stuck to it all throughout the book. It didn’t even matter if I agreed with their decisions because they were being true to who they were and I respected that.

Since these characters were so well-developed, the story was able to touch on some of the issues that they both had and needed to work on; Emma is mistrusting of guys and tabloids while Jake is prone to take off at the slightest whiff of trouble. With the dual POVs, we got to see how both characters deal with these issues and how they deal with each other; I enjoyed it because we got to see how their communication and understanding changed over time.

Along with their personal struggles, Amy also talked a lot about the struggles of being famous and living in the limelight which I really appreciated; I think it’s important for tweens and teens to know that it isn’t all glamour and lights, there are many hardships as well. Fun fact: Amy Finnegan actually got the idea for this book from her brother who is an industry veteran and she has been on dozens of sets.

I recently watched While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and the attractive Bill Pullman, and I was marveling at how it had all the ingredients of a great movie; it had the right amount of obstacles to overcome and humorous situations while still building and adding to the story, and I would have to say the same of this book. It read like a movie, the obstacles were seemingly insurmountable and the situations were hilarious but they kept the story progressing along and put a smile on my face; I would definitely watch a movie based on this book.

The swoon in this novel is my favorite kind of swoon; it was acknowledged swoon, neither of them were guessing if flirting was happening because it most definitely was.

Although I loved this book, there were some aspects of the storyline that I just didn’t like and some instances that frustrated me; the family/friends of one character kind of sucked while the other character only had great friends/family which wasn’t realistic. There were sometimes that I wanted to shake some sense into these characters but overall, I really did enjoy this book.

Final thoughts: I loved that Emma was a strong female and that Jake allowed her to be. This book is about the characters finding out who they are and who they want to be and it hits home, as a high schooler and now. Another fun fact, this book is completely clean.

FAVORITE THING: Neither of the main characters were new to relationships but they still viewed their young romance as precious and important; they both realized the importance of the simplest things such as holding hands and it really allowed for their relationship to grow. There was a purity to the relationship and I think that’s one thing that I love about young adult literature, the small things are monumental.

COOLEST THING: the director chose his actors with a purpose, he saw attributes of the characters in the actors that he chose which allowed for growth and a better understanding of self. Also, someone in this book decides to major in psychology. WOOT!

About 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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