Audio Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Audio Review: Not in the Script by Amy FinneganNot in the Script by Amy Finnegan
Series: If Only . . . #3
Published by Bloomsbury on 10/07/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

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.

I’m always drawn to books with celebrities in them, especially if the books are YA, but often I’m let down a bit by those books. But even so, I decided to give Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan a try. I must admit that my expectations were not that high for Not in the Script, and I was ever so surprised by how much I absolutely loved this book!

This book is told in alternating points of view between Emma Taylor (world-renowned actress) and Jake Elliott (model and up-and-coming actor) who meet on the set of a new teen drama, Coyote Hills. Emma and Jake – I just love them so freaking much I can’t even. Emma and Jake, despite being wealthy and famous, are just such nice people. Nice seems like just a so-so word, but let me tell you it’s the perfect way to describe these two. That’s not to say that both Jake and Emma have had some serious things to deal with, and they both make mistakes, but they admit when they’ve made mistakes and things never get too drama-rama which I loved.

Although Not in the Script is a teen novel, both Emma and Jake are high school graduates, sort of just ready to start college. I loved this because Emma and Jake are just a little bit older. They’re still teens, but they have a little  more maturity, which is why things never got nuts.

It’s clear that Amy Finnegan did her research on what it’s like to work on a TV show, and I loved that part of of the novel. I feel like I learned so much about life on a TV show, but Finnegan added these details in such a fascinating way that never detracts from the actual story of Emma and Jake.

Again, I have to say how surprised I was by how much I enjoyed Not in the Script. I listened to the audiobook, and it turned out to be such an enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for something easy-going, with fantastic characters (both main and secondary!)  you absolutely cannot go wrong with Not in the Script. I’m already looking forward to Amy Finnegan’s next book!


4 Responses to “Audio Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan”

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I completely agree with everything you’ve said here Quinn. 🙂 I was really nervous about this one too – me more so because I’m an actress myself and I wanted to see how acting was portrayed – but I’m glad we were both impressed in the end. xD I completely agree about Emma & Jake – it’s great that they didn’t let fame go to their heads, you know? Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

  2. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I completely agree! I wasn’t sure I’d like this book – celebrity stories really aren’t my thing – but the author did such a great job with this story. The MCs are just so likeable, and I adored their romance. Great review!

  3. Francine Soleil

    I’m so glad you liked this! And I also get attracted to books with actors or actresses as characters. I’m not sure why. And I love how they’re such nice characters and mature too! I can’t wait to meet them. I’m also very interested to see the inner workings of TV shows and such. I think that’s something not a lot of people focus on when making novels about characters from these.

  4. Amy Finnegan

    Wow! You have not only made my day, you’ve also made me blush! Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Quinn, and a big thank you to your nice readers as well!! xoxo

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