BOOK REVIEW: Not In The Script BY Amy Finnegan


Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 392 pages

Published: October 7th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

My Rating:

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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.

my thoughts

First of all I would like to thank the author, Amy Finnegan,  for sending a copy of  her book in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Taylor is not your average teenager, she’s making her rounds in the Hollywood industry, though rumors about her tragic relationships with co-stars starting to buzz around. She was given a role in a TV show, Coyote Hills, a leading role together with the cast members; Jake, Brett and Kimmi. Emma will find out what really matters on and off the camera. You better be ready because no one’s stopping Emma Taylor.

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I really enjoyed reading it, though at times it was quite predictable. The story plot was okay, it’s a good kind of cliche. It’s cute and fluffy, it reminded me of Hannah Montana meets High School Musical with all of the acting scenes and the things that were happening off cam. It’s about friendship, family and being true to yourself. This book  points out that you don’t have to compare yourself to someone else, do your own thing and let it lead you in finding true happiness. The drama that circulates around the Industry and how Emma handled every circumstances that was thrown at her made me like her even more. The characters, I love them. Each of them portrays an epitome of every Hollywood stars.

It’s literally a fast-paced book, the thing that really bothered me was that I didn’t feel an intense emotion when I was reading this book it was like a flat line, there’s no “OH MY GOD” moment. I felt that I just flew through the pages without any bumps on the road that made me go back and read it one more time to let it sink in. That’s my only concern but it never failed to make me feel giddy and “kilig” especially when Jake and Emma are together. I really liked Jake and I really did enjoy his POV.

Nevertheless, it was fun reading it, I remembered how much I love acting and working on stage. This book is perfect if you’re finding a light and cutesy read that will bring out the inner star in you.

I can’t wait to read more novels by Amy Finnegan. I recommend this book to everyone!                                                                                                ps (2)



Amy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT (Bloomsbury, Oct 2014), came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as Parks and Recreation, and Parenthood.

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