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Love, Unscripted

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,172 ratings  ·  295 reviews
A film-obsessed romantic rewrites the script to understand why his "picture-perfect" love story crashed and burned in this wonderfully clever debut.

Ellie had the quizzical eyebrows of Broadcast News-era Holly Hunter and the neon-red hair of Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. At least, that's what caught Nick's attention when he met her on the night of 2
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Ballantine Books (first published August 22nd 2019)
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Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Boooooooo! 👎🏻☹️. DNF. 56%.

I tried. I really did. But this just wasn’t a good book for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I tried listening to this one, but the narrators voice kinda bugged me. 😬 That aside, this story is just depressing. Nick (the main character) is an adult cry baby. All he’s done is complained about, well pretty much everything, for 56% of this book. 🙄 And no, you don’t feel bad for him, like at all. You’re pushing 30 and are mad at your parents for selling their house and moving away, because you can
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Ohh boy. This was a drag. I was hoping for a cute chick-lit to get me through a long weekend and I almost gave up a few times while reading. Also there's no damn Happily Ever After (HEA) that I could see so this being in the romance category of NetGalley and Goodreads ticked me off. The main character sucked (Nick) and I didn't really get a sense of Ellie at all. My main issue is that this book jumps aro
Larry H
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

Wouldn’t it be nice if love were like the movies? Or is that not really such a good thing? In Love, Unscripted , Owen Nicholls weighs in on that debate.

Nick and Ellie meet on Election Day in 2008, at a party to watch the results come in (despite the fact they live in London). He’s a projectionist at a movie theater, an enormous movie buff, and an aspiring screenwriter, and wouldn’t mind living a romantic comedy of his own. It seems to Nick that Ellie ticks all the boxes for the perf
Love, Unscripted is written in 3 timelines. You have the moment where the main character Nick meets Ellie the night of the presidential election of 2008. Then you have the after the part where their relationship is over and Nick is trying to figure how everything went wrong. The third part (The Intermission) is written more in depth of their relationship and how some things were in Nick's mind.

This book deals with relationships, friendships, and trying to figure life out when it seems that every
Sharah McConville
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, Unscripted is a witty romantic comedy about Nick and Ellie. I loved all the movie references throughout the story. Nick was a bit of a downer in parts but I still really enjoyed Owen Nicholls debut novel. I read this for Books With Heart Book Club's September pick. ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, Unscripted is the first novel by British author, Owen Nicholls. Thirty-year-old projectionist Nick Marcet is sort of in denial: he had a big fight with Ellie, his girlfriend of over three years, and she’s moved out. He doesn’t want this to be a final state of affairs, so he begins to analyse their relationship, trying to pinpoint what went wrong. Learning he is to be evicted focusses the process as, in the act of packing, he unpacks all their fond memories. When his small(ish), indie(ish) ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books

I kind of have a beef with this book, because one I couldn't stand the main character at all. He was very woe is me, why did she leave me? But I also don't think this book should be labeled a romance. I think we are supposed to assume there is a HEA, but it is not spelled out at the end of the book. If there is no HEA, it's not a romance!

The book is done in three different timelines, which honestly I found a little annoying. T
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you had one perfect night, that was movie-esque in its specialness? Would you hope that you could live happily ever after with that new person in your life, or would you attempt to walk away knowing that nothing may ever compare to that first meeting?

Nick meets Ellie on the night of the 2008 US Elections at a party, and is torn whether to risk his heart on more than just one night.

He is a geeky film nerd, who is working as a projectionist in a small cinema, and that makes
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I wanted to love this book so much - it definitely had the potential.

I LOVED the movie reference first and foremost.... I think the younger generation might not get them - but that's just fine with me cause I did! And they were FUN!

I liked that this had that juxtaposition of the two elections 4 years apart. I thought I was going to like it from the guys POV but I just couldn't root for Nick. If fact.. it's been a few days since I finished and I actually had to go back and check what his name was
A.L. Goulden
I wasn't in love with the back and forth between past and present in this book. It was a light-hearted story and I appreciated that the hero saw is own faults by the end, realizing he and his expectations were the problem. In that sense, there was a satisfying resolution but I didn't get those rom-com feels or the big laughs that I wanted. It made me smile and laugh here and there but I felt like it was more about the hurdles of young relationship expectations and less about the meet-cute romanc ...more
Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
I thought contemporary and romance were some of my favorite genres, but it's books like this that are starting to make me realize that I've just lucked out with some good contemporaries and as a whole I don't fancy this genre unfortunately.

This was another book that I've listened to as an audiobook. Christian Coulson was a fantastic narrator for the book and he really captured Nick's personality, but not even Christian's amazing voice can stop me from finding issues with this book.

The main chara
Love, Unscripted

I Picked Up This Book Because: Netgalley cover coveted

The Characters:

Nick (never ran across a last name):
Ellie Brown:
A bunch of people who don’t seem to matter in the story. Or at least what I read of it.

The Story:

I was seduced by a cute cover and a clever title and I kinda regret it. Nick is a projectionist at a theater in the throws of an ended relationship and being laid off. This story is told in alternating chapters of the night Nick met Ellie (t
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance
For a book that will be releasing right before Valentine's Day, I thought it was too cute and perfect to not share as soon as I was done reading this! I mean, I'm not exactly a fan of romance, but this book had me hooked right from the start! I really liked that there wasn't any overly sappy, lovey-dovey kind of characters in here. Instead we get a film nerd, and music nerd, and the simple notion of love. So adorable! Perfect for anyone wanting to try the romance genre out. ...more
Samantha W.
I'm giving this book a 2, not because it was awful, but rather because I just didn't like it.

Nick was an annoying man child who couldn't get his shit in order for 98.9% of the book (yes, that's a accurate calculation). He's fucking 30. And even if he was 26 when he and Ellie met that's literally no excuse to continue to be a man child.

I really didn't like this. There's a lot more than just the above mentioned situation, but I can't get it out coherently. ALSO, NOT A ROMANCE.
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Brilliant book, so funny, so real, wonderful characters full of flaws. Nick at times isn’t likeable at all but I love the make perspective and the fact he has so much self doubt, makes terrible choices etc makes him likeable to me, because he is real. I really enjoyed this and thoroughly recommend this. A great debut.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Kris - My Novelesque Life
DNF @15%

Love, Unscripted is a rom-com, but is from the voice of a man. I found that super cool and was excited to try this one. I just didn't like the constant back and forth between "now" and "then".
Jan 19, 2020 added it
Shelves: review-books, 2020, dnf
DNF @50%.

The cover for this book is just adorable. When I read the synopsis and editorial reviews, I was really excited to check it out. I do think this book started off promising, and had a lot of good potential. However, the story went downhill pretty quickly for me. I had a really hard time connecting with the characters, and the pacing was just too slow. When you put those two factors together, it was easy to get distracted and I struggled to stay focused on the story. Also, while this book
Keelin Rita
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley

Considering the main female character calls out the reason this book is awful within the first chapter, I’m surprised that that is actually how the book went. Why cal out a guy for thinking the girl is just a tool for him to get his life together and have him protest this only to have it be that exact thing? I don’t care about spoiling this bc I don’t want people to suffer through it. Think Garden State and 500 days of summer and eternal sunshine of the spotless mind and think of 1. How the m
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Tedious! Chaste! Why write a sexless romcom? AAAGGHHHH if I wasn't running low on library books I would have DNF'd this. ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
I'm going to keep this kind of brief but unfortunately LOVE, UNSCRIPTED didn't work for me. I found the whole read a struggle and a bit of a chore.

Marketed as a romantic comedy, I found the wit to be mild at best. This is the story of the beginning and end of a relationship, what happens in-between and afterwards. It had great potential but I didn't find either character particularly likeable. Nick was a geeky-guy, stuck in a rutt and unable to move forward, he projected all his motivation in li
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
2.5/5 stars

* I was provided an E-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

The one word I would use to describe this book is forgettable. I enjoy my love stories and romance, so going in I was excited to think I might find another book I loved. This wasn't the worst book but certainly not the best. As I said it was pretty forgettable, I didn't care much for the characters, and I really didn't like the flipping of timelines. Overall it was very meh.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book suffers from a "too many timelines not enough character growth" issue something fierce. Additionally, the protagonist was just not someone whose head I enjoyed being in. I did like the movie references, which is what lured me in with this book.

I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own
Jenny Jo Weir
This book was OK. It is slow and a tad boring. It's told in a back and forth manner, going from past to present throughout the entire book. Its a little dull and could have used a little more intrigue. As is, the book was not horrible, it's just not something I would recommend. Still, I'm not ready to totally write this author off and I'd be willing to give this author another go. ...more
Yvonne Olson
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm sure this book gets better and has some growth, but I read a fourth of it, and I cannot stand the "woe is me" attitude, and the time jumps feel unnecessary, even though they had a big place in the plot. ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
My overall reaction to this is just Meh. I didn't dislike it, but I honestly didn't really love reading it either. It was a very thoughtful book, told across 3 different timelines. All focusing on the relationship of Nick and Ellie, when they met, when they broke up, and during their courtship.

Everything was told in a particular order and complimented the story beautifully, but unfortunately it just wasn't all that engaging for me. I almost felt like I wasn't cool enough to read this, I wasn't
Living My Best Book Life
Love, Unscripted is a particular contemporary romance about a projectionist going through a breakup with his girlfriend and analyzing their relationship to see what went wrong. There are funny movie references that the character Nick uses that showcase his humor and wit.

The story follows Nick and Ellie's relationship. Nick is a film lover and uses many references throughout his life that were from some of his favorite movies. When his girlfriend Ellie tells him that she doesn't love his the way
Diana Iozzia
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
“Love, Unscripted”
Written by Owen Nicholls
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia of Bookworm Banter

“Love, Unscripted” is a romantic comedy in which Nick, a person obsessed with film and pop culture, experiences an extremely difficult break-up. Nick fell in love with our second main character, Ellie, at the beginning of the Barack Obama presidency campaign in 2008. The story splits when Ellie breaks up with Nick. We have a small third person narrator that explains some details about the two, similar to the nar
Aug 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Love, Unscripted
By: Owen Nicholls

I love romcom and chicklit stories in both movie and book format. What I expected from Love, Unscripted was a charming fun story. What I got was, well, depressing and just a downer. I did like the male point of view for a change. This particular guy believed in happily ever after, but reality slapped him hard. Life is not a
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Thanks tot he publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.
This book reads a bit like a more sentimental and kinder film oriented version of High Fidelity. Nick is going back over the bumps in his relationship with Ellie as he tries to work out how they ended and what his role was in the demise of their relationship (while also being dealt the blows of his job becoming redundant and his flat being sold out from under him). There are definitely moments when he is a charact
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