18 Jun 2019

ARC #Review: GOING OFF SCRIPT by Jen Wilde


Author: Jen Wilde
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
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A TV writer's room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn't quite what she expected... instead of sitting in a crowded writer's room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet...maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that's the last straw! It's time for Bex and her crush to fight back.

Jen Wilde's newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

TW: Anxiety, harrassment, homophobia, queerbaiting.

This one was good but not great. I feel the same way about it that I did about Queens of Geek tbh. It had a good plot (ish) and good characters (ish) and I liked the happy ending but it felt so preachy at some points and I am just not here for it. I feel like there were a lot of other ways this could have played out and I am not sure I am glad it ended the way it did but this is what we are left with and I'm always here for fake Teen Wolf in books.

I thought the characters were all interesting and had good motivations. But I thought that they were too much their sexuality and not enough other aspects of their personality. As a bisexual woman, I know how important my sexuality is to my personality, but it's not the only aspect of my personality. At times it felt like the characters were reduced to just being their sexuality. As well, all the male characters were very two-dimensional and flat to me.

I do think that the plot was a little much. It seems as though it was too convenient and easy for Bex to have that much power and authority considering she is an intern. I would have liked to see her struggle a bit more to make it before getting a break.

I liked the actual plot though and the relationship was really cute. This one wasn't as memorable as it could have been but had a lot of really great aspects so I am glad I read it, I just didn't think it was necessarily the best novel I have ever read.

I recommend this as a read during Pride Month!


  1. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one more. I got this ARC to read and review, and now I'm not super excited about it to be honest, especially with those trigger warnings. Thanks for the honest review!


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