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Scripted Unscripted

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Ellie Quinn has spent most of her sixteen years behind the scenes, helping her father manage a crew of four-legged movie stars. Although she longs to be acknowledged as an animal trainer in her own right, she often gets stuck babysitting actors' personal pets and is known around the studio as "the dog sitter for the stars."

When teen megastar Kate Montgomery's sidekick gets
Published May 15th 2019 by Turner
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Katie W
Fun facts about me: I haven't ever had the desire to be an actress, but I love Hollywood and celebrities. I'm fascinated with the behind-the-scenes of movies/tv shows. I enjoy a good story about an every-day-normal girl rubbing shoulders with the stars. Of course I had to read this one because it incorporated so many of these interests into this story.

Ellie assists her dad with animal handling for Hollywood movies and tv shows and finds herself acting in the pilot of a new show. In a effort to s
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kidlit Exchange and to Turner for the ARC of Kristina Miranda’s young adult novel SCRIPTED UNSCRIPTED. All opinions are my own.

Ellie Quinn is happy to be an animal trainer in her dad’s dwindling Hollywood business, serving stars like her diva frenemy Kate Montgomery behind the scenes. But when when Kate’s usual best friend for the studio’s new new teenage sitcom Born in Beverly Hills (could be my age, but I get campy nineties sitcom vibes), doesn’t work out… the producer calls in El
Alyssa Chaney
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A special thank you to Edelweiss and Turner/Ingram Publisher Services for a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I've read a few stories about teenage stars in Hollywood but this one takes a unique perspective from a teenage animal trainer who stands in and ends up filling a bigger role. Her interactions with the other stars are honestly just so amazing, especially how these things are even able to begin. There is j
Alice Mackenzie
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Scripted Unscripted is a young-adult read about a former pet caretaker turned rising star, and the struggles in her life with factors such as publicity, finding herself, and love. The main character, Ellie Quinn, loves helping her father take care of the famous star's pets, but is suddenly dragged into the spotlight when a main character in the series is fired. I loved this book because most young adult novels for teenagers today a ...more
Kerry Cerra
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This multi-layered book surprised me--in the best of ways. The premise may seem light and airy--a fun, summer read--but I was elated to discover the deeper themes, too. Friendship, family, and loyalty take the reins here, but first-loves play a part, too. Ellie is an animal-loving teen, always more comfortable behind the Hollywood scenes than in them, even when that means working with ungrateful mega-stars. What starts out as a typical good girl vs. bad girl plot-line, turns into a compelling st ...more
John Clark
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one pulled me in from page one and I read it pretty much in one sitting. Ellie is spunky, but vulnerable, caring, but prone to letting her guilt level make bad decisions for her. Others, both human and animal tend to come before her own needs and she has trouble recognizing her own talents. Of course, when you know that your mom died giving you life, that's huge. Being from a family where Dad is now struggling to make ends meet, you've been home schooled all your life and you relate to anim ...more
Lovely Loveday
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scripted Unscripted is a young-adult novel written by Kristina Miranda tells the story of a former pet caretaker turned rising star. Read along as she struggles to adjust to her new life dealing with publicity, finding herself, and love. An intriguing story with multiple layers of surprise and drama. Scripted Unscripted is a fun, fast-paced airy read that is the perfect summer read. This is not a light read, there are underlying themes of friendship, family, and loyalty with a hint of first love ...more
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This was a cute book with a great premise however it never really moved beyond average. The characters and the love story were just okay and the overall narrative felt too familiar.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, fun read with an 'insider' feel about the dangers of Hollywood and fame and the importance of being yourself.
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Ellie's father is the handler for many animal movie stars and she wants to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, Ellie ends up spending a lot of her days babysitting the pets of some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Ellie's life begins to change when the sidekick in a television pilot Ellie and her dad are working on gets fired. The producers have Ellie take the part and she soon finds herself entangled in drama on and off t
Jacee Simons
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked Scripted Unscripted and give it 3.5 stars.

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I write young adult novels for teens and tweens about empowered girls in fun situations that usually include a dog, or a horse, and a worthy crush.

My upcoming novel, SCRIPTED UNSCRIPTED ( is a romantic comedy about a sixteen-year-old girl who gets cast in a TV pilot she wants nothing to do with. (Turner Publishing, May 15, 2019.)