Review: Not in the Script – Amy Finnegan

Review: Not in the Script – Amy FinneganNot in the Script (If Only . . . #3) by Amy Finnegan
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: October 7th 2014
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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 years performing on cue, Emma can’t help but wonder if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her romances. She’s been burned by heartthrobs (and the press) one too many times, but there’s something about Emma’s co-star on her new TV show Coyote Hills that is irresistible. Jake Elliott is gorgeous, smart and actually cares about Emma’s charitable foundation. But she’s sworn off on-set relationships. They always end badly . . . don’t they? This third novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


This book was adorable! I mean I love a good Hollywood behind the scenes book and this fit the bill perfectly. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I went into. Hollywood books are tricky. They can go horribly wrong very quickly. But alas that was not the case with this Hollywood book so in turn I ended up very pleased.

Not in the Script is about Emma Taylor, a girl that has had the acting bug her whole life. She has been in movies, had her first kiss on camera, and has dealt with media backlash. When the opportunity comes up to film a TV series Emma takes it and decides she is swearing off guys as she has a reputation for the bad boy. But what Emma isn’t counting on is her school-girl crush Brett being a cast member and on Jake, the nice guy that is acting for the first time. Soon Emma finds herself in all the tabloids linking her to Brett but having feelings for Jake. And when she adds in her best friend Rachel, things get even more complicated than Emma could imagine. When it comes down to it Emma has to decide what is important to her, her image or her heart.

Honestly Jake and Emma were my absolute favorite parts of this book. Together or separate they were just great. They had a perfect kind of chemistry that I love in a good book. And they had a great friendship which I like even more in a good book. I felt for Jake as he was in a weird place, having never acted before, and didn’t 100% feel comfortable or understand the business. And poor Emma was trying to do everything ‘right’ and it just wasn’t working for her. Watching the relationship blossom between these two, whether romantic or a friendship was some of the best parts. And then seeing them interact with Kimmi and Brett and Jake’s real friends and Emma’s friend Rachel, it added another level, another way to see really who they both were.

And speaking of Rachel, she was the worst friend in the history of bad friends. GAH! I HATED her with the red hot intensity of a thousand suns. She was selfish and annoying and all she did was take, take, take. Even when she did something nice I knew there was a motive behind it because Rachel did not care about Emma at all. She didn’t really care about people at all. Basically she drove me up a wall.

But seriously, besides she who shall not be named, Not in the Script was a great, light hearted read about figuring out what is best for yourself and how to get there and keep it. The drama quotient was perfect and the romance level was there too. I really enjoyed myself reading this one and I think you will too. It reminded me of Rachel Hawthorne books in a way and I LOVE Rachel Hawthorne books. Pick it up for sure.



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Second Chance Sunday – Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Today’s Second Chance Sunday is brought to you by Trish Doller and her amazing debut Something Like Normal. Before I post the review let me tell you one thing: I read this book originally on Netgalley but loved it so much I went out and bought a copy just so I would have it always. You’ve been warned.

Second Chance Sunday – Something Like Normal by Trish DollerSomething like Normal by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: June 19th 2012
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When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

Amazing!!!! Simply put this book was amazing! The story is told in such a way that it dragged me immediately. I wanted to be friends with Harper, hang out with Travis’ mom and date Travis. I wanted to be right in the middle of the action and at times I felt like I was.

Basically Something Like Normal is about Travis, an active Marine home on leave from Afghanistan for a month, and the adjustments he has to make to life back in the states. Before joining the Marines Travis was not the best of kids. He smoked pot, butted heads with his father over his lack of love for football, and had a girlfriend that was no good for him. Now back and bogged down with nightmares and guilt, Travis has to put the pieces of his life together. His once happy parents are anything but and his girlfriend is now with the last person Travis expected. Unsure where he stands in all of it or how to fit in Travis runs into the one person that could get to him. He runs into Harper, his first kiss and the girl he destroyed. Harper has the potential to make nothing the same for him again or to make him feel something like normal.

What I really liked the most about this book is the fact that it is told entirely from Travis’ point of view. I had read a military book previously that was told from the prospective of the female character and what happens while he was away. With Something Like Normal I got a look at what I really wanted to know, what happens when you come back, even if it is for a short period of time. Travis gave me that glimpse into what it is like to have everything feel off kilter and not to know which end is up. And it was done with humor and heartache and uncertainty. It is difficult to get the voice right for a guy. If you go too crass you can make the character come across as sounding, for lack of a better word, douchey. But Doller managed to make Travis sound genuine and loveable. No wonder Harper couldn’t stay away. I don’t think I could either. He kind of had a way about him that could just melt your heart.

Really, it is very rare that I will willingly give up sleep to finish a book in a full day, but this one I did and I don’t regret one minute of lost sleep. Doller’s debut novel is wonderfully done and should be praised. This one is definitely a keeper and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Oh and how do I get a Travis of my own?! ♥

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