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Not in the Script

(If Only . . . #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,997 ratings  ·  354 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So. Much. Fun.

No. Seriously.

As many of you know, I am not big into romance, especially teen romance. It's just not my thing.

But I loved this book.

Let's face It: most of us secretly want to be famous. We watch TV and think, Her life must be so awesome. I want to get paid a bajillion dollars just to look pretty (and have a whole team of people to make me look pretty) and get free Prada handbags and shoes and have a gold-plated bathtub. We've all thought this, don't lie to me and say you haven't!
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
You can also read my review HERE!!

It is so adorable. SO ASDFGHJKL.


We all need to read books like this often. Not In the Script made me all feel giggly (is that a word) swoony and definitely warmed my heart. Yes, LOVE is such a wonderful thing and yes, it doesn't follow a script at all!

Emma Taylor is an artist and she's one of the new stars of the TV show Coyote Hills! As a main protagonist and one of the point of view in this book, Emma is not really hard to like. She's relatable and genuine.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Not in the Script is the definition of a pleasant surprise. Honestly, I’m not all that crazy about Hollywood stories. Most of the time I have trouble accepting how realistic and genuine they are and so second guess everything I’m reading. Amy Finnegan’s book, though, completely charmed me. The tone is lighter than I expected, for one thing, so it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Yet, on the flip side, the main characters are so likeable that I could easily picture myself being friends with ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

You know those books that leave you with a goofy grin throughout the whole story? Amy Finnegan's Not in the Script was that kind of book. This book was such a lovely read! I just loved how happy it made me by the end with all the warm fuzzies.

Emma was an easy character to root for from the first instance we meet her. She was a TV star, but she was in no way conceited, spoiled or bratty, which I was thankful for. She was a complete sweetheart and she was genuinely nice to everyone around her. She
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love their grandmas
Shelves: 4-stars
This book was in my recommendations for some reason, and I was just staring at it, wondering why it was so familiar. Like it was so gosh darn familiar. Then I realized why.

Fun fact: my mom's cousin wrote this book. So back in 2014/2015 when it was released, my Grandma told me I had to read it. Practically shoved it down my throat. Even though I've never met my mom's cousin before. Still haven't to this day. But that's okay. I love my Grandma and I read this for her. You're welcome, Grandma! And
Joshua McCune
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth be told, this would not be my normal type of book to read ('A new contemporary romance' in the IF ONLY series), but I'm so so so SO thrilled I did. You'd think a story centered around acting and Hollywood and paparazzi and wrapped in romance would readily succumb to cliche....

Nope. The characters, the plot, while touched with the familiar are sprinkled liberally with Finnegan Fairy Dust. And by Fairy Dust, I mean realism. And some great one-liners. (And two-liners)... The characters feel
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not one to frequent the romance genre, but I picked this one up after some prodding from my wife. Of course, I was afraid that it would be corny and cliche, but it was far from it. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down once I got going.

The story is a teen romance at heart, but the incredibly well-written dialogue kept me engaged throughout. The author also seems to have an excellent understanding of the film industry, and I found myself just as interested in the behind-the-scenes
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Not in the Script was kind of adorable. And I expected as much, having read the previous two novels in the IF ONLY series and finding them each decidedly cute. I'm never sure what to expect with a story based on movie star characters, though, whether the book will glorify Hollywood or whether the characters will be over-the-top and
Nasty Lady MJ
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Confession: I like cheesy celebrity YA books. I can’t help it. Maybe it’s because these books provide the only decent excuse for having the love interest look like one of the Hemsworth’s long lost but hotter brothers, but I lap these books up like they’re princesses books. Sad thing is, often they are kind of bad.

Good news though: there’s a thing called the library. And that’s where I picked up Not in the Script.

Let me be frank, in any other genre in the age
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-wishlist-ya
so CUTE but I desperately need an epilogue

I’ve read quite a few books that deal with the emotional price of fame and the lack of privacy that goes alongside it. Not in the Script really allows the reader to experience both the ups and downs of like in the public eye while weaving in one of the dreamiest romances :) I’ve been concentrating on how books promote empathy in my library lessons, Not in the Script does this brilliantly. The dual narrative allows an additional connection to
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
3.5 Stars

This was absolutely adorable, BUT I felt it would have been nice if it had just a bit more substance to it beneath the fluffy exterior, because there were times when it felt that it was almost...too fluffy for my personal liking.

Emma Taylor has been acting all her life, but it's gotten to a point where she doesn't know if her life is real anymore. But when she takes a liking to fellow costar Jake Elliott, despite the fact that she has promised herself to never have any on-set
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laurie Thompson
I loved everything about this fun teen romance! The setting is, literally, a set, as the story takes place mostly during the filming of a major Hollywood TV series. This exotic backdrop is brought to life with rich details and specialized vocabulary that makes you feel like you're there with the teen main characters, who are all the stars of the show. As if being a teen isn't hard enough, try being one with the paparazzi following, photographing, and reporting on your every move--with varying ...more
Jennifer Nielsen
Fun and adorable! Can't wait to share this with my daughter!
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
I absolutely loved it! This is just what I needed, a cute chick lit kind of book plus some! I loved everything about this book from beginning to the very end. I couldn't keep my eyes off the book because it was that good. Also, it wasn't just about the romance. There was drama of course, but there were some life lessons to be learned that not everything is as it seems in the social media industry. We get an inside a look of what real life celebrities experience, and it left me feeling more ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably quite warped, but I find it much harder to write good things about a book I enjoyed than indulging in a satisfying rant about one I despised. Anyway, here goes: "Not in the Script" is just so nice, I love hero and heroine and I like the author's use of alternating viewpoints. There are no supervillains (except for those paparazzi we love to hate ever since Princess Diana), just some flawed normal people, the "big misunderstanding" which disrupts the growing idyll is also relatable ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read, I enjoyed the sense of humour! Because I work in the film business I appreciate a book that gets it right! Reading this felt like I was really on a TV set. I loved how the characters felt real and I liked that it wasn't the cliche teenage love triangle you find in most young adult rom coms! What a fresh take on teenage love!
Melanie Jacobson
This is easily the cutest book I've read all year. I even giggled aloud a couple of times. Super fun. Warnings: NONE. Give it to your daughters, your young women, whoever. This book is just a good time.
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

An Open Letter To Not In The Script,

Hey there book. You were a breath of fresh air on lots of fronts for me and you can count me as one of your fans. I liked how you humanized celebrities. So many books focus on the glamor and excitement of fame, and while you dabbled in that, at your heart you showed us what it's really like to be in the public eye, while still being hilarious. I like hilarious and I like real and you
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just full of fun moments and captures the price people pay for being in the spotlight, especially those that go into it at a young age. I feel that Amy Finnegan really captured the true essence to each of her characters - realistic, likable and charming. I like a writer who can not only give us great details, but also amazing dialogue and chemistry. From the first page, I was deeply invested in each of the characters and very curious as to how their stories were going to unfold.

Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Not in the Script is a book I was so excited to read because I love these types of story lines about people with lives so different from your own that seem glamorous and fun. I was also nervous because I like to feel like even when these stories are showing me a fantasy life, I want them infused with some realism. Also I didn't want to dislike the book because I think Amy Finnegan is a lovely person and that always gets awkward.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
(1)My copy of this ARC arrived in the mail today and (2) because my physics test tomorrow is completely overrated and (3) the whole theory of delayed gratification doesn't work when you have a really good book sitting right there (and don't tell me I could have hidden it because I did but that didn't work either)...I read Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan in one sitting. Like, literally ignored supper for my siblings and the sage warnings of my GPA and just read it.
And at the moment I
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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
Ms. Yingling
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma is a very successful young actress who has just gotten a role on the new show, Coyote Hills. This means moving to Tuscon (her family is in Fayetteville), and also working with two young men that she would like to avoid. One is Brett, another long time actor on whom she has had a huge crush, but who turns out to be rather a jerk. The other is Jake, who is switching from a successful modeling career. Emma's best friend Rachel has a huge crush on Jake, and Emma has promised to introduce them. ...more
Madeline Claire
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to keep this review short because there is not much to say but: I loved it!
I am a sucker for anything Hollywood related when it comes to YA books. It also helps that there was a hint of romance and drama involved in this book. This book wasn't that cliche concept of normal girl meets famous guy and they fall in love. Emma Taylor and Jake were both famous-albeit in different ways.
Emma was such a sweet character and at first, a little weak. Throughout the book, she grew tremendously as
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely perfect. Loved it. Full review coming soon to both blogs.

WOW! This book was so much fun. I loved it. Amy does a fantastic job of giving the reader a glimpse of celebrity life. Emma is a fabulous character. Her head is in the right place when it comes to the Hollywood scene, but her heart and personal life needed work. She has been burned many times in the past, and is very cautious when she meets Jake (who is absolutely perfect for her). I instantly loved Jake! A down-to-earth guy who
Jennifer Bertman
Very enjoyable read! A fun, light romance. I'd feel comfortable putting this book in any teenager or pre-teens hands. The attention to detail with the Hollywood setting was great--very convincing to believe you were behind the scenes of an actual show.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HEART. I NEED MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE. <33333 Watch out for my review at!
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a writer, I have so much respect for authors who can pen believable romance—which is just what NOT IN THE SCRIPT, Amy Finnegan’s debut novel, is. But it’s also so much more. Think real romance—the kind that’s messy, overwhelming, hilarious, and not about to be stopped—and then think of hiding that kind of a romance from your friends, coworkers, and a whole lot of nosy paparazzi, and you’ve got a fingertip on the fast-moving and completely enjoyable story that is NOT IN THE SCRIPT.

Emma Taylor
Valerie (Reader of books. Enthralled by Words.)
After listening to the audiobook, this is bumping up to a solid FIVE stars.

I really loved this book! I'm still reeling my the loss of these characters (they didn't die or anything, this is just a standalone book) but that's the life of a reader.


Originally posted at

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
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