Series: If Only . . . #3
Published by Bloomsbury on 10/07/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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!