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Final Draft

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  469 reviews
The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he's suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Elle (ellexamines)
🍀 Guess what the Dragons and Tea book club is reading for June 2019!

This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop me.

Okay, so now that I’ve stopped crying again, let’s get to why this book is so good. At its heart, I think this book is a perfect conveym
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Elle (ellexamines)

I wish so very much that I had this book when I was in high school. RTC! <3

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This was the June pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕
Aspiring Science Fiction writer, Laila Piedro, is in her Senior year of high school. Her main focus is her creative writing class, taught by her favorite teacher, Mr. Madison.

He loves Laila's work and is quite encouraging regarding her future prospects as an author.

He is a Sci-Fi geek himself and they have bonded over the same books and television shows. Unfortunately, Mr. Madison is hospitalized after a horrible accident and cannot finish out the school year.

With just 3-months remaining until
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was really good!
may ➹
soft slow-burn f/f romance featuring a fat pansexual biracial Ecuadorian WRITER and a snarky Korean lesbian???? you all are sleeping on this!!!
This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively makes her feel like crap until she feels forced to bleed on the page to prove her authorial skill and worth? I mean. I can't speak for all authors, but that sure as hell held some resonance for me.

Laila was an intere
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Final Draft is a standalone contemporary book and the second novel I've read by Riley Redgate. I really liked Noteworthy last year because of the humor and the friendships, and this one was even better.

The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is “realistic”. I can believe teenagers like Laila and her friends, with these problems and dreams and life, really exist. I almost felt like I was reading a part of someone else’s life. Contemporary books often fail at that – maybe the d
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Aug 16, 2017 marked it as not-dnf-but-on-hold
"sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed."

Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs


Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick it up. Elise is my #1 go to for f/f romance and she is yet to let me down. I’m not even sure how to begin describing Final Draft by Riley Redgate. Honestly, I am still mildly speechless and I finished the book yesterday (t
"When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction to build an escape chute from her life's insistent monotone."


Thank you so much to ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this via NetGalley!!!!!

riley redgate is a treasure and i loved this boo
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn't have high expectations but still I walked away feeling disappointed.

First off, the relationship between Laila & Mr. Madison was cringeworthy for me. It was not sexual in any form (thank god) but it was crossing the line bet
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had this on my Scribd audiobook list as one of those books I wanted to get to somedays, but were not a priority. All I knew was that it's sapphic, has something to do with mental health and is about writing.

Today I needed something quick and easy I could listen to.

Quick it was. Easy it was not. It made me ugly cry and realize that maybe I'm still not that okay I thought I was.

A few days ago something happened and brought up a question in me: Could someone who had serious depression for years
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Wow. This was such an unexpected read and one of the best 'quiet books' I have read in a long long time. I loved this, and am so glad that I read it.

- Follows Laila, a teen writer who, after her supportive mentor is hospitalised, has to grapple with her new mentor, who is as hard-ass and critical as they come.
- This story is about a lot of things - it's about friendship, it's about falling in love with your best friend, it's about finding singular moments of peace and joy amidst change.
- For me
I didn't feel connected to Laila for most part of the book. that's something I'm really sad about. because she was a great main character, she had depth, dreams, friends, a family, feelings, and yet I was just waiting to connect. and I did. when everything went down, I did. I saw myself in her pain and desperation. I connected to her at her lowest. I don't know how I should feel about that. it wasn't the story I had expected it to be, it had some important conversations about female masturbation ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. The timeline had broken like a seal and let loose something weightless. For a crystal instant Laila was borne up on its back and was invulnerable and immortal, and she was never going to let them go.”

This wa
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Final Draft is a slowburn wlw romance with a half Ecuadorian pansexual writer and a rebelious and adventurous Korean and honestly it's my school life summed up in 230 pages. I enjoyed every moment of it, and at many parts I just wanted to scream in delight because I loved a quote or a moment so much. That being said, I was really distracted in the last 50 pages of the book(entirely my mistake) and that really dwindled my enjoyement. But this really is a great contemporary and I wish more people ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018-releases
Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3
Full review coming soon!
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends besides Hannah didn't do much. Laila's whole writing plotline fell to the wayside later on.

So when I first read Laila's story I was like oh no I hate it so I had it out for Laila in the beginning, but then Nazarenko (t
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

While this had some pacing issues, this is such a great melancholy book that talks honestly about grief and depression.

GOD, Redgate is such a powerful writer.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arc-s
She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet

* * * *
4 / 5

When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the head. This isn't really a happy book, but it's definitely a great one.

She wanted to pierce the furthest frontier of her ability

Laila Piedra is half-Ecuadorian, half-French Canadian, and entirely full of passion for writing.
— 3 stars —

Content & trigger warnings: anxiety, death, depression, grief, underage drinking, drugs
buddy read with the Dragons & Tea book club.
lily ☁️
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to lily ☁️ by: Marie
I adore friendships in books, and I wish this one had focused more on that, and a certain friendship had not turned into a romance … (but I still liked this book!!).

// buddy read with a fave

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Irena BookDustMagic
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of all the books Amulet scheduled to release this Spring/Summer season, Final Draft was the one I was looking forward the most.
The premise sounds just right up my alley, as I also like to write and rewrite, so having a main character who’s so into writing was (in my case) a recipe for commonality.
Diverse representation is always a plus, and this novel represents pensexuality, homosexuality, Ecuadorian, Korean and anxiety (if I missed something, I do apologize!).

Reading Final Draft, when it comes
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Review to come.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief.

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

After reading Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (do not mention the fact that I’ve had Seven Ways we Lie for over a year now and haven’t touched it yet) and I had really really REALLY high expectations for Final Draft and although the first half felt like it was set
4.25 stars. A very welcome and unexpected surprise!
When a book reduces you to tears, the author has done something right.

I first picked up this book a few months ago in an attempt to get over a prolonged reading slump. But it just wasn't the right time to read it, so I put it aside.
Then last night I was browsing my library Overdrive app looking for something to evade the reading slump that I could feel was on its way (again, yes). I found this book and started reading in a whim, and that was t
4.5 stars! A truly excellent unique novel on the older end of the YA spectrum. Laila is a dedicated 18-year-old high school SF writer whose world of careful control is turned upside down when her mentor and creative writing teacher is in a horrible accident. His replacement is an impossibly cool award winning author who Laila wants desperately to impress. The ensuing journey takes her way out of her comfort zone. I loved Redgate's smart insightful writing and the portrayals of mental health, que ...more
Jessica C Writes
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I was terrified to read this book. I have wanted to read it ever since it came out because, duh, it's a book about writing. I'm a reader, but I'm also a writer, so getting to combine those two? Incredible. But, my expectations were set really high, so I was worried that I would be disappointed.

Spoiler alert: I wasn't.

From the first page, I loved the writing style of this book. It was done really well, and I found myself underlining so many quotes that I enjoyed.

The cast of characters is also s
a pansexual mc! sapphic goodness! majority poc characters! coming of age discussions! sad vibes! happy vibes! a damn great book, once again from my queen riley!
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