My Unscripted Lifeby Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte Press, Random House on October 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sometimes love stories go off script.
Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the precollege fine arts program of her dreams. But if she'd gone away, she wouldn't have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade.
It's not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo—she's just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there's a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there's more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . .
I can appreciate a deep, meaningful read but sometimes, I love a good no-brainer romance that’ll put a smile on my face as I’m reading the last sentence. Anytime you read a synopsis that contains the words “teen star” and “small town girl”, you can pretty much guarantee a light, fun story. If you look too hard for plot twists or unique storylines, you might get a brain cramp. Just let go and smile…
And I definitely did smile at the end of My Unscripted Life. Spending one Sunday reading the book in it’s entirety, I got lost in the world of movie making and teen crushes.
Dee Wilkie is in desperate need of a summer distraction. Her best friend has just left town for a summer pre-college program that Dee got turned down for. Crushed from the blow to her ego, Dee only wants to sulk in her room all summer but her parents arrange for a job for her at the nearby university. BORING!! But when a GPS brings a Hollywood movie director to your coffee table looking for directions, sometimes your summer plans get a huge improvement. Or a downgrade, as Dee feels right away after briefly meeting the lead actor in the movie she’s working on, one Milo Ritter.
Dee has followed Milo’s teen singing career since she started liking boys but knows he’s dealing with a nasty public breakup at the moment. But that still doesn’t give Milo an excuse to be an “ass waffle! A complete and total douche canoe!” But for some reason, Milo keeps showing up at odd places where Dee is. And he turns out to be kind of a nice guy, once you get to the actual person underneath the persona and the crusty exterior.
It’s kind of a nice thinking that somewhere, possibly, this story could happen in real life. But honestly, this story is a completely unrealistic, romantic escape into the world of what could happen when the small town girl actually wins the heart of the mega star. How would it work in the end? How could it work? Oh, and by the way, Dee still has her senior year of school to finish.
Just open your mind and let go.
Don’t look for the deep, meaningful, existential moral to this story. Think of this as a well-written distraction.
I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at making a movie and how props are organized for a movie. I also thoroughly appreciated that Dee’s parents were normal! Yay for a normal family!!!
Honestly, as a romance written for it’s target teen audience, I think Ms. Morrill nailed it. As for me? I have absolutely no regrets 🙂