Book Review | Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan + ANNOUNCEMENT

20613581Title: Not In The Script (If Only… #3)
Author: Amy Finnegan
Publication: October 7th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Finished copy/Paperback
Source: Purchased from Fully Booked
ISBN: 9781619633971

Not in the Script (If Only . . . #3)

synopsisMillions 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.

reviewThe attraction between Emma and Jake will get you hooked on this book. It seriously had me grinning, laughing, and swoon-kicking-the-air (Imagine me doing that.)
I really love everything about Not in the Script, from the story line, the setting, the amount of swoon in it.. but what found a special place in my heart are the characters. First is Emma. The girl who dates the same type of guy over and over again, or so the tabloid says. Her voice on her POVs will show you what’s it like to be someone in the spotlight, from the perks to the struggles. And even thought she’s a celebrity, you could still relate to the things she’s going through like issues possibly every teenager goes through. She isn’t a Mary Sue, she’s genuinely Emma.
On the other hand, we have Jake who’s more like the type of guy you’ll only come across in books, you know, hot dude without a jerk personality. (There are more Bretts in real life than Jakes, or it’s just me) but that didn’t bother me from liking him. He seems real to me too. The way he can be all charming in not a cocky way… it’s just so believable. I guess he charmed his way into my heart.
Not in the Script will give its readers backstage passes to what happens behind-the-scenes in a celebrity’s life. That not everything in Hollywood is glitz and glamour.
All in all, Not in the Script is a witty, funny, swoon read. It’s a light read that’s definitely worth reading. I highly recommend this to everyone especially those who are into romance.



  • Hollywood scene – Let’s admit, we all dreamed of becoming a celebrity once in our lives. Or at least I did. (Who wouldn’t want to be rich and famous??) XD Anyway, don’t we all enjoy a good “Behind the Scenes” of a movie or TV show we like? I hope you’ll agree with me when I say that BTS are just as interesting as the movie/tv show itself. With Not in the Script, it’s exactly like that! And it’s not just BTS on set but the reality of the life under the limelight. Interesting…
  • Snail mode – By this time, you’d probably already know that “insta-love” is my bête noire. So I actually prefer the opposite of that. I’m truly fascinated with how Emma and Jake’s love story developed. Emma literally defined it as “snail mode”. They both know that their relationship will soon blossom into something more than friends but they took it slow. There was no rush with the building on Emma and Jake’s relationship. (That I think most YA romance should be.)
  • The characters’ persona – I mentioned earlier how I absolutely adore the character of Emma and Jake but they weren’t the only ones that had the realistic element. All the other characters have depth and the story clearly showed why these characters act the way they act or what made them be like them. It tells us where they’re coming from. You could just feel for all the characters, some may be annoying at times but that makes them as interesting as the whole story.

Coming up on my blog is an Author Q & A with Not in the Script’s author herself, Ms. Amy Finnegan! Please anticipate the post for there will be a little something special that starts with the letter G and ends with the letter Y. 😉

Book Description and Cover Image from Goodreads


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