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The Extra

(The Extra #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Gabby Mays wishes she had her future figured out, like her gorgeous roommate Anna-Marie, who has just landed a role on the hit soap opera Passion Medical. Gabby would give anything to find a career she's half as passionate about as Anna-Marie is about acting—and a love life that isn't comprised of nights with a party-sized bag of Doritos and her Netflix account.

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Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published April 6th 2019 by Garden Ninja Books
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Janet Newport
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Women's Fiction / Coming of Age

Lazy day read. Interesting characters with recognizable family dynamics in outrageous setting.
A sweet, seemingly organic romance, yet not the main focus of the book
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, chaste, romance
This is more what I consider chick-lit than romance with it's single PoV heroine finding herself through the course of the story. The story that is contrived to an extent, but makes up for it with humor and some truly fantastic character moments, particularly in Gabby's family.

Indeed, the weakest aspect is the romance. Will is kind of a non-entity, what with being engaged to a woman he's obviously incompatible with and thus spending little real time with Gabby. I didn't see how she could actuall
Jana Brown
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, owned, ebook, kindle
This is one of the cases where I feel like I have to explain my review a little. There is a base suspension of disbelief that I found required for this novel to work. The framework of the novel is all these people working in LA in and around a soap opera production, and the thing is their real lives mirror this soap opera environment to an almost exaggerated degree. We don't quite get to secret babies and selective amnesia, but everyone has dramatic problems, or is a diva, or is sleeping with so ...more
Michelle Argyle
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I just read another review where the reader didn't like certain aspects of the book, but those were the aspects that really made this book shine for me. I loved the support characters and cannot wait to see them in future books. I also loved the family drama in Gabby's life because it really pushed the book from "just a beach read romance" to a story with depth and a lot of potential for expanding into a great series. So, whatever floats your boat, I suppose. If you're lookin ...more
Reads A-Lot
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
When one career door slams in your face, another one opens. In L.A, who’s NOT desperate to get into the acting world? Certainly not Gabby. But, to her friend, landing a role in a daytime soap opera was a dream come true.

Since losing her job, Gaby certainly had more time on her hands. Of course, she was going to miss all the things money could buy. That’s when her friend suggests she be an extra on the soap opera. An extra for Passion Medical. Suddenly, Gabby is thrust into the world of acting.

Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Extra is the story of Gabby, A 20 something living in LA just trying to figure out what she wants out of her life. Her roommate is a soap opera star and gets her the opportunity to serve as an extra on the show. We see the drama of the set, the relationships with the people she meets there as well as drama within her family help shape her trajectory in life.

This book had vibes that reminded me of the show Love with Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on Netflix. Young 20-something characters who a
May 10, 2021 rated it liked it

The best parts about this book were the behind the scenes stuff at the soap opera set. There were some funny moments that I enjoyed. Gabby is an extra on the set of Passion Medical and I was entertained by some of the shenanigans.

There's a subplot about Gabby's brother Felix and his drug addiction, but it really didn't fit with the tone of the rest of the book, and didn't go in-depth enough for me to care about Felix.

The romance with Will was kind of weird, 90% of the book he's engaged
Paula Weisberger
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Fluffy, pretty shallow and predictable...
Linda McCutcheon
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST read! I enjoyed every page of it. I laughed out loud and I shed a few tears as well. Gabby Mays is a twenty three year old woman who is in a holding pattern. She's given up college after three years because she wasn't getting anything out of it. She has been fired from a slew of jobs and the worse part is she does not really care. She just moves on to the next inconsequential job. That is until her actress roommate gets her a job as an extra in the soap opera Passion Medical. ...more
Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I was younger, every day from 12:30 till 2 I could be found sitting in front of the TV with my mom trying to figure out what kind of drama Brooke would unleash or who she was married to today. I would try to find a redeeming quality in Victor, and honestly wonder how today’s episode could top the day before. I loved bonding with my mom watching Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful. So to read a rom-com that gives me an insight into the inner workings of soap operas left me beyo ...more
Cait | GoodeyReads
3.5 Stars.

Thank you to the author, Megan Walker, for a copy in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own!



I had a good time with this one! I didn’t know much going in but found myself easily drawn in to the writing style and the story at large.

Gabby was a well thought out main character. She had a lot of struggles and over a small amount of pages really showed some growth. I liked that she started to take charge of her life and didn’t rush into what she wanted t
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gabby Mays is a twenty something Cali girl trying to figure out her life.  While in limbo she gets a job on her best friend’s soap opera as an extra. Life gets a little more interesting when she finds out her (hot) ex-boss is also a writer for the show.  Pretty soon there’s as much drama in her real life as the soap she’s on!

This was such an entertaining, quick read RomCom that is light and fun, but also has the drama fit for an actual soap opera!   I love a good series and can’t wait to pick up
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
3.5 stars.

This one’s a soap opera within a soap opera, which may not be realistic but with Middle Child Syndrome so classic I think I might actually know these people.

Anna-Marie is getting her big break, another perfect feather in the ever-fashionable hat of her life. She’s moving forward, toward something she loves and is really good at, and I, as usual, am stuck in some kind of early-adult pothole of pathetic jobs I don’t care about and college plans I can’t muster the interest to see through
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
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Benjamin Liska
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great contemporary romance with an interesting setting and great characters. I’m not usually a romance novel kind of guy, but I enjoyed The Extra even though it lacked spaceships, lasers, dragons and magic. A fun story of romance, self-doubt, and family drama set against the backdrop of a daytime soap opera. This book kept me up far past my bedtime.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Extremely heart touching. Gabby is wonderful. She is so relatable that I found myself laughing and crying with her. She is so real that I wish I could meet her. The way she grows in the book is truly inspiring.

The funny, sad and all the other parts of the book make you love it. I am honestly so in love with these characters. I can't wait to read about Anna Marie next. The writing is simply awesome and swoon worthy. I love this series already.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.75 / 5

Really interesting story and I liked how everything came together but it just didn’t have a full 4-star read feel. It was really entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot but I probably won’t ever think about it again except for the big climax scene because that was amazing (added the .75).
Lindzi Mayann
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this bubbly, feel good read.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
Rating: 5/5 stars

Gabby isn’t too sure what to do with her life, but is open for more or less everything. So when her best friends encourages her to work as an extra on her series, she joins in, not expecting to find many things to love.

My thoughts:
I thought this was going to be some super sweet romance, but there was so much drama! Not between the couple, but in her family! Still, the story was lovely to read, though the ending was a bit too short in my opinion! I need more of these ch
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno2021
Cute love story. Liked the soap opera backdrop!
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Enjoyed this!

Life is messy and I liked that Gabby's life was, too. I plan on buying book 2 (which I never do) and that is the highest compliment I can give.
May 19, 2020 added it
its a really good story but i wish they added more emotion
Tracie Banister
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book caught my eye because I love fiction about Hollywood and this amusing, fast-paced, highly entertaining story did not disappoint! Its heroine, Gabby, is a floundering twentysomething who’s tried her hand at and done poorly with a variety of jobs and hobbies. When she finds herself unemployed once more, she agrees to let her actress roommate hook her up with a gig as an extra on the soap opera, Passion Medical. Gabby soon learns that the drama, backstabbing, bed-hopping, and shocking rev ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I actually really enjoyed this book, although it did feel like a guilty pleasure at times. It emulates the very daytime soaps that it is, in many ways, parodying. With plotlines that stretch credulity and characters that have either so many faces that you wonder if they have a multiple personality disorder or have just one stereotypical one. Honestly, it is a daytime soap in paged format.

Our lead character is Gabby and she is a mess - physically clumsy, emotionally shuttered and add on
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gabby is an outcast, she's the family screw-up who doesn't fit in with her parents or her siblings. With a scientist sister and a musical brother, she has no comparable talent. She's always getting fired from various jobs and she seems rather hopeless.

But then her best friend Anna-Marie gets a job on the soap opera "Passion Medical" and gets Gabby on as an extra. It's perfect for her because she's good at fading into the background. Only Will works there as a writer, the Will she spent hours dr
Emily Lawder
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Addie BookCrazyBlogger
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Gabby Mays is throughly average, in a family where extraordinary is the norm while living in an Los Angeles where everyone is a star. Gabby has taken a leave of absence from school because she doesn’t know what to do with her life (SAME GIRL!) and she’s just been fired from the latest in a series of minimum wage jobs. Currently living with her best friend and aspiring actress Anna-Marie, Gabby can’t help but make comparisons between the two of them: Anna-Marie is gorgeous and successful, having ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's just say I didn't know what to expect with this but what a pleasant surprise. It was clever, witty, inspirational & extremely well written. While perhaps it's in the NA category the characters were definitely not, in fact quite mature.
The story revolves around Gabby, the plain Jane of a very almost perfect, yet very dysfunctional family & her search for who she really is. Lots of family dramas unfold but what had me hooked was the soap opera she worked on as an extra, while she found what
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A light read, but ended up being a little deeper and dealing with more serious topics than I initially thought. Gabby has not found her niche in life. Unlike her family members, she doesn't seem to have any special talents. And she somehow manages to screw up a series of less-than-impressive jobs. After losing her most recent position, her roommate, an actress who recently got her "big break" in a soap opera, suggests she try out as an "extra" for the medical drama. Gabby reluctantly agrees and ...more
Deb Threadgill
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The main character Gabby May (who narrates the story) is a young woman with several problems. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life and goes from job to job and from night time classes, like cake decorating and CPR, to name a few. She is the somewhat stereotypical middle child of wealthy parentd, she has always thought they had everything going for them. Her older sister is a beautiful scientist with what appears to be a perfect marriage and an adorable little boy. Her younger brot ...more
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Megan Walker lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, and two dogs-all of whom are incredibly supportive of the time she spends writing about romance and crazy Hollywood hijinks. She loves making Barbie dioramas and reading trashy gossip magazines (and, okay, lots of other books and magazines, as well.) Megan has also written several published fantasy and science-fiction stories under the name Me ...more

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