When her screenwriter ex makes a hit movie based on their relationship, Abby's faults are projected on screens across the country. Suddenly the fact that her job depends on orchestrating hot tub hook-ups doesn't seem so impressive.
Her friends rally to help. Zoë thinks she needs to meet a guy. Stephanie suggests an attitude adjustment. Nancy wants her to get in touch with her inner Goddess. Abby knows they mean well, but she prefers to focus on her work. Unfortunately, she's already embarrassed herself in front of her new boss, Will Harper, who she would find totally crush-worthy if he weren't so irritating.
Abby's about to be reminded that life doesn't follow a script—and good things happen when you least expect it...’
Abby Edwards, a lowly reality TV producer, is feeling pretty disillusioned with her life: her job’s unstable, not fantastically paid and often puts her in embarrassing situations; her ex-boyfriend’s written a movie about their time together, depicting Abby as a raving lunatic; and her relationship with her best friend has hit very rocky ground. When Abby’s latest job finds her working for Will Harper, a gorgeous and talented executive producer, she finds herself falling for him, but bossy supermodel look-alike Lisa is determined to get her claws into Will before Abby can win him over.
As the novel’s title suggests, life doesn’t have a script and Abby has no idea what’s waiting just round the corner….
This book was precisely what I want from chick lit: the heroine was likeable and I could relate to her; her lifestyle was interesting but not out of the realms of possibility; and the authors made good use of their own experiences in Abby’s profession to make the situation both realistic and genuinely amusing.
Abby’s love interest, Will, was successful, good-looking, clever, witty and kind – a killer combination. The scenes towards the end of the book where Abby and Will finally get to know each other outside of work were so sweetly written that I had a big grin spread over my face whilst reading them. The dialogue between the two was fantastic and had me totally hooked.
I would have liked to have seen more of Lisa and found out why she behaved the way she did, and, in particular, why she disliked Abby – I assumed that this was because Lisa was also after Will, but I couldn’t really work her character out.
Abby, her friends, and their escapades made for some humorous reading. I liked that despite the fact that she worked in such a superficial industry, Abby didn’t let it affect her and was very down-to-earth. Her phobia of cardboard was an inspired, and very original, character trait.
I enjoyed the humour of the novel and particularly liked seeing behind the scenes of how a really television show is produced - it can be quite a brutal profession to be in! The ups and downs of Abby’s life kept me entertained and she was a great protagonist. Her friends were colourful characters whose interests led poor Abby into some hilarious situations, none of which she’s keen to ever return to! ‘Unscripted’ is an impressive debut from two clearly very talented writers.
Many thanks to the authors for sending me a print copy of this e-book to review.