Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This e-galley was provided by Netgalley and Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.
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 years performing on cue, Emma can’t help but wonder if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her romances. She’s been burned by heartthrobs (and the press) one too many times, but there’s something about Emma’s co-star on her new TV show Coyote Hills that is irresistible. Jake Elliott is gorgeous, smart and actually cares about Emma’s charitable foundation. But she’s sworn off on-set relationships. They always end badly . . . don’t they?
I loved the premise of this book, especially because the behind-the-scenes aspect of a young actress’ life fascinated me. Also, I thought it would be fun to watch the protagonist fall for a guy she didn’t plan to fall for.
What I liked best about this book is that it was both cute and clean. Emma’s life as a popular actress is not simple by any means, but she’s level-headed and grateful and remains true to herself. Though she sometimes struggles with her mom, who is also her manager, she has a close relationship with her family. She’s respectful and kind to her coworkers and to the crew. Emma is not without her flaws, but she is definitely endearing.
Jake Elliott is a gentleman. He and Emma are friends, first and foremost, and I appreciated that. I thought the alternating perspectives (Emma’s and Jake’s) was really well done. I enjoyed being in their heads.
The book is also funny. The supporting characters (Brett and Kimmi) weren’t as well-developed as Emma and Jake, and sometimes came across as flat or stereotypical, but for the most part I liked the dynamics of the group and their drama. Toward the end the plot dragged a little, and I think I would have liked to see it resolved a bit sooner.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I definitely recommend to fans of romantic comedy. Looking forward to reading more from Amy Finnegan.
Release date: Oct. 7, 2014 (That’s TOMORROW, my friends!)
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