Jen Wilde is an author who writes amazing contemporary books. Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders are on my list of favorites! Tomorrow her newest book, Going Off Script will be released. Today I am on the blog tour to tell you about this book and what I thought. A big thanks to the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for providing an ARC to read and review!
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.
Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.
Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media
Going Off Script has all the elements for the perfect contemporary: great characters, diversity, romance, fandoms, friendship and so much more. This book will be a great summer read that leaves a smile on your face!
Our main character Bex just finished high school and is off to LA to live her dream. She wants to be a writer and is going to intern for her favorite show. She has worked hard to get where she is and sees LA as a way to escape and start all over again.
Going Off Script really shows what this world is like in many ways. Mediaculture is still mainly focused on straight relationships and men still try and dominate the entertainment world. Many people don’t accept that anymore and try and fight. I think Going Off Script really showed how the world is developing these days and how diversity is something that people are starting to think needs to be represented more. What I loved the most about this book is that the diversity didn’t feel forced. Everything felt natural. I love when authors are able to do that.
This book also latches on to a big thing these days, fandoms! Whether it’s a show, movie or book, groups of fans really bond over things like this. They get very invested in the characters, storyline and the bond that forms with fans. A fandom can be a strong thing these days in many positive ways!
Bex goes through a lot in this book. While interning she is faced with a lot of things she never expected. All she was hoping for was a way to write for her favorite show, but got a lot more than she bargained for. At times she got a bit on my nerves, but she grew so much in this book. Bex learns to not be ashamed of where she comes from or who she is. Everything she is and has been through had made her who she is. Bex becomes a very strong character.
The romance in this book was sweet, but compared to Queens of Geek and the Brightsiders it lacked a bit for me. While I love Shrupty and Bex together, everything happened so fast. I felt that we missed a bit of the time for them to connect. My feelings would’ve been different if they had more time to get to know each other before Shrupty became a part of the show.
Going Off Script is going to definitely stay on my lists of favorite for this year. I loved that we read about characters from this author’s other books and how they all fit together in the way they did. I have said it many times, but I love when authors do stuff like that. And her cousin Parker needs his own book, I definitely need more of his character.
I will remember this book as a perfect balance of fandom, friendship, family, love and finding yourself and accepting who you are. Add some fighting for your dreams and ideal and that describes this book for me. If you’re looking for an amazing contemporary you don’t want to put down, definitely pick up Going Off Script!
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.
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I loved Off Script and I can’t wait to see what this author does next! Have you read any books by Jen Wilde? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.