Book Review: That Wasn’t in the Script


Josie Bradford feels stuck.

After being moved against her will to New York City and losing her father in the span of a year, the aspiring screenwriter dreams of escaping back to small-town Ohio where she can attend college and go back to some version of normal—if only she could afford it.

Enter Hollywood teen heartthrob Rowan Adler, an overnight celebrity thanks to the viral streaming sensation in which he stars. Ever-reckless Rowan is bored, sheltered, and desperate to escape the limelight.

The lives of the two teenagers collide one fateful autumn night when Josie finds an escaped Rowan asleep in the middle of the greasy burger shack where she works, leading her to wonder: How much would this exclusive sell for?

What follows is an absurd, heartfelt, romantic twenty-four-hour descent into chaos. The unlikely pair slowly learn what it means to embrace the plot twists life throws their way and how sometimes, getting lost is the only way to find out what you really want.

My Review

I have to admit in the beginning, this book did not grab my attention. I had to walk away from it for a bit. When I came back to it, it was a much better experience, although, it was not until chapter 6 that this happened. After that point, I had no trouble reading this book and enjoying it. 

I liked that while Rowan is a celebrity that Josie was not all stuck up on his celebrity status. It allowed the dynamics between Rowan and Josie to be more genuine. Plus, it helped that Rowan was likable as well. Love Josie's sister, Pru. She cracked me up with everything that would come out of her mouth. 

This book may have some romance between Rowan and Josie but it was more than that. It was a journey about growing up, family, and what really is important in life. 


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