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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Reality TV has a dark future in this thought-provoking thriller

To the people suffering on the war-torn mainland, Bliss Island seems like an idyllic place. And it is: except for the fact that the island is a set, and the islanders’ lives are a performance. They’re the stars of a hit TV show, Blissful Days—Characters are adored by mainland viewers, yet in constant danger of
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia

Sometimes you read the summary of a book and literally jump up and down because you ultimitely click with it. That's exactly how I felt when I read the summary of Maya Rock's debut Scripted, a dystopian story revolving characters on a reality TV show. As someone who absolutely adores both dystopian stories and reality TV, I was more than excited to pick up the story, and Rock ultimitely delivers.

In a time where the mainland has become wartorn and dangerous, a group of people manage to escape
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
actual rating 3.25 i really liked this i had some problems but still really glad i read it
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
I don't read a lot of dystopian books, but I really really liked this one. It was the tv network that was the controlling government, and sadly, it didn't feel that far-fetched.

Nettie lives on Bliss Island, and her life is pretty idyllic... except for the fact that every move she makes is filmed for a reality TV show. Media1 entered into a deal w/ the islanders' ancestors to give them a good, safe life in a world of uncertainty. The only thing was that they had to agree to be filmed, and if thei
Kayla at MyBookMuse
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
"So beautiful. The scripted sky."

For someone that is anti-reality tv I won't lie and say I'm not at least fascinated by it. It's like a train wreck; you know you should look away but you can't. Scripted is kind of like that but in a good way. It reminded me of mash-up between the Truman Show and The Hunger Games but with more awareness and less action. It took me about 50 pages in to become invested in the story, as there is a lot of information thrown at you in a short period of time without cl
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Aug 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF - pushed myself to page 42

So I feel beyond guilty because I don't write one star reviews, but no matter how hard I true I just could NOT get into the story. I had a very hard time understanding all the slang that was used. Usually by the second chapter you can get a feel for your main character, I just could not pick up anything at all except her being worried. Maybe another time I will try this book, but for now I'm putting this back on the shelf....
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this it was an interesting concept and I would actually like to see this as a movie. I kind of wish there was a second book too, but the ending was pretty much solid. I liked most of the characters and the story kept me interested the whole time. It was a pretty good read :)
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book! I liked it because it had some mystery in it, but it was a book that really made you want to keep reading.
Jessica | Bookish Serendipity
I’m not a huge fan of reality TV, but I know people who definitely are. The concept behind Scripted is a really unique one, and the closest thing I’ve seen done before is A Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M O’Brien (my review here) which, as you might remember, I was not a fan of. Scripted, on the other hand, was stellar. There are so many different aspects of this book, and I really hope that you end up reading it.

The first thing about this book is the main character, Nettie. She isn’t anything lik
Eveline Chao
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truman Show meets Hunger Games - novel about high schoolers on a bucolic island whose lives are a reality show. If your ratings go down, you get cut - but nobody knows what happens to those who are cut. Really enjoyed the immersion into a whole constellation of high school characters, with all the subtleties of hierarchy and their relationships with each other, and towards the end couldn't put it down! (Know the author though, so am biased.)
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Contemplating. I'll return with more thoughts at a later juncture.
Allison Church
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actually finished this in one day. But needed some time to digest how amazing it was and how to review it. While there were some things I believed would have gone differently it still holds it's own in the world it belongs to. Cleverly thought out and with a perspective I would never have considered. It tells a harsh reality many of us chose to blatantly ignore.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-slj
from December 2014 School Library Journal:

Scripted is a book with an intriguing premise that never quite makes it to prime time. Imagine what life on a reality television show would be like if you were always "on," birth to death, a few generations of people living their lives on Bliss Island for the entertainment of the far less comfortable masses in the Sectors. More than never enjoying privacy is at stake for Nettie because when a Character's ratings drop too far below expectations, she becom
Lea (Paperback Princesses)
Reviewed By: Paperback Princesses

Scripted shows us what reality television is really like: you live, but everything is over-dramatized, fake, possibly planned. Nettie’s life is no different. She’s low on ratings, and she knows that she could be cut at any time. In an effort to make sure she doesn’t get cut, she takes advice from her producer in exchange for things she wants. Unfortunately, she discovers what happens to Characters who are cut, such as her parents and even friends.

The idea behind
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Scripted sounded like it had a lot of promise but sadly it fell through a bit for me. It never really explains what happens. It's like everything is messed up in the world but it only vaguely touches what actually happened. I was curious to know why and how. What made the other regions so dangerous? What caused it all in the very beggining? When reading this I just kept waiting for more. For something bigger to happen. Nettie was alright. There were times she might as well been a door mat to her ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I don't really watch reality TV, but this had an interesting premise.

Nettie was a decent MC. She was inquisitive enough to keep the story moving. Most of the secondary characters were a bit bland or excessively annoying, but Nettie's commentary made it seem like they were acting specific ways for ratings.

The constant need to fake out the camera and "frall" {aka speak off the mic} got irritating, but it made sense why it had to happen. Obviously if your life is getting recorded 24/7, you're goi
Vanessa Jones
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a, dystopia
it took a bit to really get into this book. a lot of words used by the characters that took awhile to get used to. but by midway I was hooked and couldn't stop reading it!
then every reality show I watched was warped because I kept thinking what if it was like the book!!
not the best book in the world by any means, but an enjoyable read
Hmm, so it's essentially Lost meets the Hunger Games. Interesting... I'll keep my eyes open for this one.
Brittany Francis
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting read, although I think I would have been confused with what was happening had I not read the inside cover first. The story is about an island where all the inhabitants are "Characters" on a TV show called "Blissful Days". They are basically on camera 24/7 and can't break character at the risk of being cut from the show. No one wants to be cut from the show, because they are supposedly on this island because it's a lot better/safer than where their audience lives. Also no one knows ...more
I enjoyed scripted. At first I was confused if I should rate it 4 stars or 3, because to me it drew the line of being of meeting three but not quite four. I didn't think it was amazing but it wasn't just OK either. So 3.75.
The beginning was challenging. The whole 'Characters, Crickets, Reals, Patriots' thing threw me off and the whole filming thing but I got the hang of it quite quickly.
Nettie's character was quite relatable. There was suppose to be a frenemy relationship between Nettie and Li
Anushka Patel
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think that the book was really good. It had a very original concept and a very interesting plot. The book is about a girl who lives on an island. Life on the island is good compared to the rest of the world, the only catch is that you are constantly being filmed for a reality tv show. Even worse, you are being rated by the audience, and if your ratings drop too low, you get kicked off the show. No one really knows what happens to those that get kicked off. The main character, Nettie, has lower ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it a 4.5. It's a very interesting novel, not sure how to describe it exactly. I certainly enjoyed it and found myself empathising with the characters on several occasions, even picturing myself in their situation and questioning what I would do. It reminded me a lot of The Special Ones so if you enjoyed either one you should definitely read the other. It's a great read, not sure what genre, but great for mature readers.

Sorry, I kind of read that again and I guess I don't really know wha
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was quite an interesting approach to the dystopian world. I felt like a lot of the time Nettie was a bit of a bore as a protagonist, seeing as though she's pretty quiet and a bit of an 'observer.' In saying that, I like the pairing of Selwyn and Nettie as friends, and feel like they brought out the best in each other. The whole concept of being watched constantly so much that you become apart of a TV show, and the fact that your fate is so fragile in that world you could 'disappear' any day ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book promised more than it delivered, or perhaps I was just left wanting more from it.

It was a light, easy and fun read but I was expecting it to have a more in-depth look at reality TV and the dystopia future it promised was happening around the TV show. Unfortunately this didn't happen and I'm wondering (and hoping) there is a sequel to take it that one step further?

Although I did enjoy the initial set-up and I did like how it explored themes of identity in regards to teens and high schoo
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that only picks up at the end, but picks up so much. It was so much like Uglies in the fact that the author switched words and mixed up meanings. I really hated Lia, I feel like she was more of a mom character than s friend.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was kinda slow and not really my pace. But on the contrary, it is good. The characters are somewhat strong and bold but really not at that mark for me. I do like the style of writing that Maya Rock used.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. But I'm not really like the ending. So clean to be true. And the relation with Callen, the journey of Scoop and Nettie were too easy. Also the name of characters. Nettie reminds me to Professor Nutty?
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Incredible concept, but not as well explained or explored as it could have been. I found myself with a lot of questions that I had to move on from, and which were never answered in full. I definitely enjoyed the characters, though—very compelling and engaging.
robbie cowman
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. SUPER anticlimactic, but I loved the ride!! I wish the ending was different, or maybe not so rushed. I was actually REALLY into the hetero love story going on, so props to Maya.
Alondra R.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a really good book.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The info dump at the top was turgid but after that it moved along OK. Unfortunately it wasn’t an especially smart read
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I'm a freelance writer and editor living in NYC. Scripted is my first book.

I went through a reality TV junkie phase and was intrigued by its evolution--from seeming somewhat authentic to totally scripted. I started out with the idea of teens on a show who received individual ratings marks and would be cut if if those marks fell too low. Then I moved to the idea of two girls, one who finds it eff

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