Not in the Script (If Only... Series)

Not in the Script (If Only... Series)

by Amy Finnegan


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Enjoy Not in the Script and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619633988
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: If Only... Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 1,170,958
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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. Not in the Script 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. This is Amy's debut novel.


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Not in the Script (If Only Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CleverGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Such a cute, sweet, flirty, story. I loved Emma. I loved Jake. I loved Emma and Jake together; their slow burning romance, the love and trust they fought so hard to develop. Emma is the girl next door/movie and television star. She's down to earth, kind, a dedicated, hardworking actress. She's had a hard time, she's had tons of professional successes but she's also had a string of very public failed relationships. In light of her last, disastrous relationship, she's determined to stay unattached. And then she gets a job where she has to work with her long time crush and this awesome new guy who makes her laugh and her heart want things. A new guy who is also the object of her best friend's obsession. I liked Emma's character development. Though she's been living as an adult, working as an adult, she's still growing up and having to make adult decisions about her career and relationships. I loved Jake. He's a model turned actor who is awesome in so many ways. He's supporting his mother and sister, he's sweet and fun and exuberant. He's completely gush-worthy. Like I said, I loved Emma and Jake together. They struggled to get to a happy ending, neither are looking for love, the press is all up in their business, there's an angry ex, another boy has his sights on Emma and they have to work together. I also liked the technical aspects that Amy Finnegan put in about the television industry, about filming and such, it was really interesting. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've only read two books in the If Only... standalone series, but I've been totally taken with both of them. They're light-hearted young adult contemporaries with a ton of heart and little angsty drama. I can always count on them to give me smiles and swoons.  Not in the Script is Amy Finnegan's debut novel and I have to admit, I'm a fan. She definitely hit my radar with this novel. I'm a total sucker for Hollywood stories, but some of the ones I've read recently have fallen fairly flat. There's always a certain amount of predictability to a story like this, but it doesn't matter to me as long as I enjoy the characters and how they find their happy ending. Not only was this story fun, but it was sweet and swoony and the characters – or most of them, anyhow – were easy to like.  Emma was a great, song heroine. She was pretty level-headed and far from the diva you might expect a teen star to be. Her walls were up tight because she'd been burned in the past and she definitely believed all relationships with co-stars were off limits. Jake could be the one to break through, however. They had a ton of chemistry and he was far from the guy she thought he was originally. He was every bit as down-to-earth as she was. I adored them together. Their banter was great. The attraction was evident. They just made me smile when they were together.  The side characters in this story were interesting, too. They weren't as likable as I might have wanted, but they were well-written and a little more complex than I would have expected at the beginning of the story. Kimmi and Brett both grew on me in time. Emma's best friend Rachel, however, was a different story. I didn't like her one bit. She was far too self-centered for me. Bad friend alert.  While it might seem strange to call a Hollywood love story "realistic," I feel that's exactly what Not in the Script Was. Emma and Jake, despite their Hollywood star status, came off as normal teens who were trying to find their way in the world and falling for each other in the process. Each of them struggled with their fame and the situations they were put in. This book could have taken place just as easily in middle America, without the Hollywood connection, and I would have loved it just as much. It wasn't the setting that made me love this book, but the characters and their story.  I'll continue to look to the If Only... series and Amy Finnegan's upcoming work when I'm in the mood for a sweet, light young adult romance with well-developed characters. Any story that leaves me hugging my iPad with a giant, goofy grin on my face is a winner book.   I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Picture-Book-Junkie More than 1 year ago
A perfectly perfect, entertaining read! Some people rate books for what they are not supposed to be in the first place. I once read a review about a Cinderella and Snow White children's book that gave it a poor rating but then ended the review by saying it's only for kids who love the Disney movies and other pink princess stuff. Well, DUH! That's who the book is for in the first place.  This book is obviously written for the enjoyment and entertainment of anyone interested in Hollywood, Chick-lit, or simply a good, clean YA romance. If you love watching romantic comedies on the big screen  or at home with a bowl of popcorn, then you'll love this book as well. So if you are not someone who enjoys a relaxing evening with happy endings, don't get on your high horse and rant on here about this book. Finnegan does a great job at  giving readers a glimpse into young hollywood stars lives and made me walk away with the resolve to judge those real-life actors a little less. Of course one shouldn't believe everything printed in a magazine, and we all know that. But you certainly believe the characters in this book. They are well-developed and felt real to me as I read. Finnegan gives you enough but doesn't drown you with too many frivolous details. The romance is steamy but not in any way anything more t han PG-13 or even less. You don't need a graphic description to get the mood. Finnegan takes things exactly far enough and leaves the rest to imagination (which honestly can be better than a detailed description or less than a detailed description depending on the age and experience of the reader). So grab a bowl of popcorn, a snuggly blanket in a comfy chair and let "Not in the Script" play like a movie, right in front of your eyes.  Girls night IN!!!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Ahh guys I loved this one so much. Seriously. I think I've found my new favorite book boyfriend. This book was so much fun. It was cute, and swoony, and flirty, and just gave me all the feels. And I loved every moment of it. Emma Taylor is a teen actress. She left her home in Arkansas to follow her dream and fame to Hollywood, where she has been pretty successful. Her newest gig? Coyote Hills. Jake Elliot is a model. Known mostly for his shirtless ads, Jake has decided to try something new in acting. His first gig? Coyote Hills. (Do you see where I'm going with this?) I loved Emma. She has dealt with the fame pretty well, not letting it get through her head, even with her being alone most of the time, since her parents have to take care of her two younger brothers. Except, all of her relationships have been pretty terrible, causing her to swear off relationships with costars. Emma is a pretty strong and level-headed character. But she does grow throughout the story, and I loved seeing that. I loved seeing her come into her own, and who she wants to be, without the influence of a boyfriend, or friends, or even her mother. And Jake. Let's talk about Jake. We are not just talking about a hot guy here. Jake was super sweet. I loved his interactions with his mother and how she was a big part of his laugh, and that he was man enough to admit that. I loved seeing him interact with his friends from back home, and with Emma. How he agreed to go on a date with Emma's best friend, Rachel, even though we all knew by then how he really felt about Emma. Jake was just thrown into this Hollywood world, but he handled it with grace and maturity. And he was just hilarious, honestly. Seriously, so perfect. But this story wasn't just about the romance. It was about so much more. The life lessons that we learn, watching Emma and Jake struggle through whatever this is that they're feeling. (I will say, there were many a time when I just wanted to push the two together and scream "KISS ALREADY".) The behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood and the industry. Watching all of the cast interact with each other, seeing them all grow (or not).  But most of all, this book made me laugh. Oh my goodness, did this book made me laugh. I loooved the banter between Jake and Emma, between the other characters. I loved the writing, and how it drew me in to the story, and kept me there with its wit and humor.  This might be chick-lit, but it was so much more than that. Yes, it was cute and fluffy, but it was also sweet and swoony and all around hilarious. I loved it, and I would definitely recommend it. To anyone. I don't even care who you are. (Just, be warned: Jake is MINE. Back off.)
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Not in the Script' is the fun and flirty third book in a young adult contemporary romance series that continues to follow teenage actress Emma Taylor as she takes on a role in a new TV show. Emma's been acting for years and she's beginning to wonder if anything in her life is real. She's had her heart broken by co-stars and been bashed by the press so many times that she's sworn off on-set relationships. In her mind, they only end badly and cause problems. Emma's decision begins to waver when she meets and gets to know her gorgeous new co-star on the show - Jake Elliott. He's hot, smart, and seems to sincerely care about Emma and her charity. Will Emma stick to her rule of no on-set romance? Or will Jake turn out to be the exception to the rule? This was a lighthearted and fun book that turned out to be a really quick read. Emma was a great main character. She's a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a famous actress. Even despite her star status, she has real problems like normal girls her age do. Emma was realistic because she had a distinct personality complete with flaws, hopes, fears, and strengths. Jake was the love interest in the book, and I found his character to be well written too. He had quirks and great traits that would make any girl swoon - but he's not perfect either. I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Emma and Jake develop - from them just meeting until the adorable ending to the book. I loved that the author wrote the story in alternating points of view - between that of Emma and Jake. The reader gets to know both characters on such a more personal level this way because we get to hear their private thoughts, their emotions, and to see each situation from their perspective. We basically get both sides of the same story - only told through the first person view of the two main characters. Like I mentioned, I think this kind of writing style allows the reader to get to know the characters on a deeper level than normal and it's really easy to slip inside the story yourself. The plot wasn't anything original, but I believe that the things I described earlier (writing style in particular) plays a large part in helping it stand out from others in the genre. It's also fun to read about famous actors and realize that they are people just like us, with problems to deal with as well as hopes and dreams for their lives. I definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy YA contemporary fiction. It's a light and fast read that will leave every reader smiling. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little wary at first when I began to read Not in the Script, by Amy Finnegan, because I wasn't sure if I would be able to connect with Hollywood movie stars. I am glad that I did, though. It's the kind of book that keeps you smiling, and rooting for the characters. One of my favorite lines was: "I'm being replaced by two lizards who eat bugs, can't talk, and lose a limb whenever you frighten them." I laughed out loud while in a public place and people glanced at me with curious looks. I was able to imagine actually being on the set of Coyote Hills with Emma, Jake, Brett, and Kimmi. Each actor was different in their own unique way. All of the characters evolve, even the relationships do. I loved the fact that Emma was extremely relatable even though she was a famous movie star. She wasn't conceited, and truly cared about all the people in her life. She tried keeping her high maintenance best friend happy even though she didn't appreciate Emma's help. Emma even founded a charity when most kids her age would rather party, drink, and do drugs. My favorite character was Jake. He started off as a model, then went into acting. You would think a guy called "the bod" would be full of himself and use girls as if they were disposable. But NO, he took the acting gig to help pay for his disabled mother's medical bills. (What kind of girl would pass a guy like that up?) It was easy to fall in love with the main characters of Not in the Script. Amy Finnegan knows how to work her magic with weaving a beautifully written and cute romance. You could tell that Amy did her research on the film industry, and I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves YA Contemporary Romance. I can't wait for more books by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not in the Script is exactly what I had been hoping for when I read the blurb. The book’s light but not bubblegum sweet. It's about Hollywood, but the two POV characters aren't shallow actor types in need of a serious dose of reality.  That's one of my favorite things about this book, actually. While both POV characters grow throughout the novel, the story isn’t narrated by a spoiled airhead child star and a playboy model. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: I'm so sick of playboy love interests. The minute Kimmie, Jake's costar, was introduced, I started dreading what I thought was a definite hookup subplot. I might have thrown the book across the room if that had been the case. Big sigh of relief that Jake's a nice guy who just likes Emma but can't fully have her for a handful of reasons.  Speaking of playboys... I was surprised how much I liked the character of Brett, an actor on the show with Emma and Jake. His transformation—probably the most significant of all of the characters—was sweet, especially since he doesn’t get the girl. There were a lot of other side characters, including parents involved in their kids’ lives and a best friend with jealousy issues. I liked that Finnegan flipped the typical Hollywood story on its head by giving the inevitably high-maintenance costar some redeeming qualities. Most of all, though, I loved Jake's mom and the storyline that went with her.  But you care about the romance, right? Because this is mostly about Emma and Jake falling for each other despite a number of complications. Their relationship really worked for me. There's no insta-love—though there is insta-lust. But, c'mon. Tell me you wouldn't notice how hot Jake "The Bod" Elliot is.  What's great, though, is that despite being attracted to one another, Emma and Jake's relationship starts as a friendship. By the time they do declare their love for one another, I totally bought it.  Another bonus: the insider info. It's obvious Finnegan knows the industry, and the terms used during the scenes on set added authenticity many novels about Hollywood lack.  If you're looking for a cute, fun romance between two really decent teens or a story depicting a healthy relationship you can root for, I highly recommend Not in the Script.
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
Just to clarify, this is technically the third book in the series but they are all written by different authors with different characters; the thread that ties these three books together is the publisher and the wonderful covers. I plan on reading the other two books but it’s not necessary, there are no spoilers or anything. Now to delve in, I LOVED this book! At one point while reading, I had to go change the clothes from the washer to the dryer and I legitimately SKIPPED back to my room to read more. The next day while reading, I wished that instead of throwing flowers, I could be a flower girl who threw happiness in the form of this book (sadly I can’t fulfill my wish, it would cause too much bodily harm) because I loved it THAT MUCH. It’s a love story told through dual POVs, Emma Taylor and Jake Elliot, who meet while on set for their new television show Coyote Hills. What made this book stand out? These characters are so well developed! I was expecting a light story with a cute plot that I wouldn’t be attached to but Amy created these characters and gave them a firm foundation which instantly had me hooked; I found it refreshing that the words and actions of these characters had roots in the foundation we were given and they stuck to that. It didn’t even matter if I agreed with their decisions because they were being true to who they were and I respected that.   Since these characters were so well developed, the story was able to touch on some of the issues that they both had and needed to work on; Emma is mistrusting of guys and tabloids while Jake is prone to take off at the slightest whiff of trouble. With the dual POVs, we got to see how both characters deal with these issues and how deal with each other; I enjoyed it because we got to see how their communication and understanding changed over time. Along with their personal struggles, Amy also talked a lot about the struggles of being famous and living in the limelight which I really appreciated; I think it’s important for tweens and teens to know that it isn’t all glamour and lights, there are many hardships as well. Fun fact: Amy Finnegan actually got the idea for this book from her brother who is an industry veteran and she has been on dozens of sets.  I recently watched While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and the attractive Bill Pullman, and I was marveling at how it had all the ingredients of a great movie; it had the right amount of obstacles to overcome and humorous situations while still adding to the story, and I would have to say the same of this book. It read like a movie, the obstacles were seemingly insurmountable and the situations were hilarious but they kept the story progressing along and put a smile on my face; I would definitely watch a movie based on this book.  Since this is a romance novel, I will quickly mention the swoon; this book had my favorite kind of swoon, out right swoon, and they just kept melting my heart over and over again. Although I loved this book, there were some aspects of the storyline that I just didn’t like and some instances that frustrated me; the family/friends of one character kind of sucked while the other character only had great friends/family which wasn’t realistic. There were sometimes that I wanted to shake some sense into these characters but overall, I really did enjoy this book. 
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun, cute read with a great romance and lots of Hollywood-ness. It kept striking me that the perfect audience for this book would be people who loved My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, partly because Jake's mom and world totally contribute to why you fall for him (grade A book boyfriend right here) and partly because I think so much of both of these books are in the development of the relationship, which takes place at a believable, healthy pace over the course of the book - no instalove here. Emma and Jake earn their happiness, and show their connection, and it's totally swoony to read.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A delightfully sweet, light, and utterly adorable YA read, Not in the Script was absolutely fantastic. It was fun, romantic, and entirely enjoyable from start to finish. Loved it! Emma was a wonderful heroine, one that was easy to relate to. She was kind, smart, and a truly likable character, but with a flaw that made her more realistic: she had a tendency to people-please. She thought of everyone else's happiness first and her own last, which caused a few problems for her. But, over the course of the book, she learned to go after her own happiness and became stronger. I thought she was a great heroine. Jake was ADORABLE! Ooh, I just loved him! More inclined to the workings of business than show business, he took the modeling and acting jobs to care for his family and it was obvious that he was deeply loyal to them. And he cared about Emma enough that he was willing to wait for her. He was just wonderful and I adored him. The romance was just lovely. Emma and Jake were so sweet together and the chemistry between them led to some swoon-worthy moments. Despite all the obstacles that they had to work out, they were a perfect couple. The plot moved quickly and I was hooked the entire way through. I really liked how the acting component was included. It wasn't all glamour, but also hours of work and I liked that it showed both sides. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Not in the Script was a fantastic YA contemporary romance that I totally loved. It was light, sweet, and an absolutely delight. YA lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the other reviews have stated this is a great book. I got it a few years ago and I have read over 5 times. The characters are totally relatable and you will fall in love with them. D.N.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
It has been a while since I've read a YA book, and even longer since I've read one that I loved. With Valentines Day coming up, though, I was really in the mood for a good YA romance. So, I looked through the ones I had, and Not In the Script kept tugging at me. So I started reading it with the hope that I would like it, but not sure. I couldn't have picked better, though, because I fell in love with Not In the Script (and Jake)! From the first chapter I was hooked and did not want to put this book down. I enjoyed the setting on set and off set, scripted and unscripted, especially unscripted, so much! The witty banter between all of the characters, the dynamics between them, and the insider on set info were written for wonderful entertainment! The Characters The characters were amazing and very realistic. Behind the fame Emma and Jake were very real and relateable people, who I really enjoyed getting to know as they jumped off the pages. Both were kind, witty, smart, loyal, strong, and completely genuine. Behind the fame and money, they were just normal people wishing for a normal life. They had both had some tough breaks. Emma didn't want another on set relationship after the previous disasterous, cheating actors she had dated, and Jake was only modeling and acting to get enough money to support his family. As the paparazzi and witty banter between them collide with flying sparks will they be able to get past the rumors that are flying about the cast of Coyote Hills and start their friendship romance? Jake was an amazing, caring, witty, and did I mention incredible guy who I instantly fell in love with! He is probably my only contemporary YA book boyfriend (I normally don't fall for contemporary YA guys, I guess their usually to similar to the ones at my highschool, but Jake is exceptional!), and it would be totally awesome if there was a copy of him in real life! Anyway... it was really refreshing to see a guy like him in a YA book. A guy who had dropped all of his dreams for a career in modeling (yes, he's totally handsome!) so that he would have the money to support his family. He was so supportive toward his mom and Emma, and very patient. In no way, was he arrogant or conceited, which happens way to often in YA books. Then there were the side characters. I loved Jake's mom, she was a wonderful person and very strong. Emma's family was great too, from her overbearing manager mother, to her semi supportive dad, to her seven year old twin brothers. McGregor was an entertaining director, that made things, well unique on set. I had mixed feelings about Kimmi, Brett, and Rachel. None of them were as they first appear, and it was fun to watch  it all play out. They made for some genius twists within the book, but you'll have to read it for yourself! The Romance Jake and Emma are the perfect couple! Banter makes or breaks a romance for me, and well, let's just say that it by far made this one work. I loved their witty conversations, snide remarks, serious conversation, and the way they understood each other so well. I was laughing (I'm pretty sure I giggled too), and smiling endlessly every time they were together! I have never swooned so much while reading a contemporary book, I thought that I was going to burst a few times because I was trying to keep my smile under control while reading at school, but it was impossible! I appreciated how they really took their time, didn't rush, and truly got to know each other. Ahhhh! This is a book with a perfectly witty slowburn romance with a side of can't slip this goofy grin of my face! Completely perfect for my Valentines date (and yours too as long as you get your own copy because I'm not sharing)! This one is definitely worth a reread someday too!
Books-I-Love More than 1 year ago
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