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A funny and timely debut YA about the toxic masculinity at a famous improv comedy camp

Seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho has her future all planned out: improv camp, then Second City, and finally Saturday Night Live. She’s thrilled when she lands a spot on the coveted varsity team at a prestigious improv camp, which means she’ll get to perform for professional scouts—
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Amulet Books
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Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
This book was a pleasant surprise.

I happened to nab an ARC at YALLFEST and randomly chose a book from my stash to read as I waited in various lines. This book was the random chosen one. For the first 60-70 pages, I thought, "Meh, it's alright. Kind of cheesy." I don't like DNFing anything so I continued on. I'm so glad I did.

The slow and cheesy beginning now makes sense - we are supposed to see Zelda as a carefree kid. She makes stupid jokes, cares a lot about her family, and is obsessed with
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Shannon Takaoka
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the #MeToo movement has gathered momentum, there are too many of us who can relate to the stories being told… who ask ourselves how we would or should have responded in similar situations… who have had moments where we were conflicted about whether or not to speak up because we didn’t want to be seen as “rocking the boat.” Nicole Kronzer explores many of these issues in her YA debut, through a story that puts readers in the shoes of Zelda – a smart, funny protagonist who finds that her dream ...more
Carrie Firestone
Thank you, Pippin, for sending me an advanced copy of UNSCRIPTED! I devoured this beautiful debut in one day. So many of us have been in vulnerable situations where we want something so deeply or need acceptance so badly we fall prey to people who make us question our decisions, our gut reactions, and the very essence of ourselves. So many of us have watched people we love "groomed" by manipulative asshats. And so few authors truly capture the complexity of those dynamics. Kronzer nails it. She ...more
Terri
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"'There's a lot of crap out there...But the way to get through it is together. Find your people. And then keep helping people up. It's the only way.'" (pp.320-21)

Coming out April 21, 2020!
Melanie
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With accolades from Printz-winning YA writer Nina LaCour on the cover, you know this novel is going to be a promising debut, and Nicole Kronzer delivers the goods.

The novel follows seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho, who is attending Rocky Mountain Theatre Arts Camp with the long-term goal of writing and performing with groups like Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and Saturday Night Live. You'll find yourself cheering her on as she combats the toxic masculinity and "boys' club" vibe of
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Desiree
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is Zelda Bailey-Cho doing this very moment?
Because clearly the subject and protagonist of Nicole Kronzer’s debut novel “Unscripted” must exist off of the page. Bright, funny, quick, vulnerable, loyal, fierce, and immediately relatable to this frizzy-haired former collegiate comedy troupe denizen, Zelda surely isn’t fictional.
Set in an improv comedy camp and filled-to-bursting with compelling protagonists and antagonists, Unscripted is the perfect YA novel for the MeToo movement, with an
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Kathleen
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zelda arrives at Rocky Mountain Theater Arts camp armed with big dreams and surefire list of improv rules that will lead her to them. Yes, things seem a little weird when she finds herself one of only five girl campers among 200, but she makes the prestigious varsity team and takes her first steps toward SNL. It's all fine--great!--except Zelda's coach is a twenty-year-old Thor lookalike who confuses her with his hot-and-cold behavior. Her male teammates, unchecked, cast her as a secretary ...more
Miss Kindregan
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I have never read (or seen!) a YA book about Improv comedy, so was very excited to read this, especially as it is set at a summer camp! The main character, Zelda, is determined to make it onto the top team at her improv camp because she has dreams of improv stardom, but she quickly finds out that this improv camp is miles away from her fun, inclusive club at home. I think it is great that there is a now a YA book that tackles the sexism and homophobia in comedy, as it is a topic that many teens ...more
Jessica Edelheit
How does one address the #metoo movement in a way that is accessible to teens? Author Nicole Kronzer has answered that question in the form of her funny, honest, and relatable novel "Unscripted." Told through the eyes of high school improv actor Zelda, who has always taken pride in being a strong, funny female, her ideals and ideas are put to the test by the sexist culture that exists on and off the stage. Zelda is a great character, but it's her supporting cast that really shines. The character ...more
Lydia Hephzibah
This book tackles important topics, but it's important that important topics are dealt with well, and this was not well-written. The characters were underdeveloped (most of the friends were virtually forgotten about after the dragging intro) and the story felt rushed, and no justice was done to the storylines. I found Zelda annoying, naive and impulsive, and that never changed. Also, if you're going to write about comedy ... it helps to be funny. And this was not. It was cringey, immature and ...more
Micaela Muldoon
"About a talented 17-year-old comedian who lands a coveted spot at a prestigious improv camp, putting her in front of her SNL hero at the final show; however, the humiliation and degradation she suffers at the hands of her all-male team and her coach force her to fight not only for stage time, but also for her voice."

YOU GO, GIRL!
Erika
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the premise a lot, Improv, grooming, etc. But the way it's written is so cliche and hard to swallow. I don't really root for any characters because I find them so annoying, and the dialogue sounds like a bad sitcom. (That's kinda brutal sorry Nicole)
Emma
When "yes, and..." turns into "no means no."
Belinda (bookstorm)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got to read this book before it was picked up and I zoomed through it! I loved the improv camp setting and I think the story is really timely and has a lot of important messages. Looking forward to seeing the finished version out on shelves!
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