Finnegan, Amy. Not in the Script. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 978-1-61963-397-1. 370p. $17.99. Gr. 7 and up.
Emma Taylor is a Hollywood star who is known in the tabloids for her romantic flings with cheating boyfriends. Just when she swears off movie stars altogether, she begins filming a television show with the famous Brett Crawford, her long-time childhood crush, and Jake Elliott, an incredibly attractive model-turned-actor. When she meets her new coworkers, she is instantly appalled by Brett’s arrogance but finds herself attracted to Jake’s down-to-earth personality. There is just one problem: her best friend, Rachel, has been crushing on Jake for a long time. To further complicate matters, the media misconstrues the situation and proclaims that Emma and Brett are Hollywood’s newest item. As Emma and Jake try to hide their budding romance from family, friends, coworkers, and the media, suspicious pictures and videos of Emma and Brett keep appearing in gossip magazines and websites. Will Emma be able to convince Jake that there is nothing going on with Brett, or will Jake turn out to be just like all the other Hollywood stars she has dated? Told in alternating chapters from both Jake’s and Emma’s points of view, this book has all the elements of an epic love story–chemistry, jealousy, conflict, sacrifice, love triangles, and a satisfying ending.
Realistic Fiction Julie Ritter, Montoursville Area HS
I would classify this romance as chick-lit; it will appeal to girls more so than guys. It might also appeal to fans of Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy novels or anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Hollywood. Because the romance in the novel is not very graphic, this would be suitable for upper middle school and/or junior high students.