Finnegan, Amy Not in the Script, 370. Bloomsbury, 2014. $9.99. Language: PG (5 swears, 0 'f'). Violence: PG. Mature Content: PG.
As a famous movie and TV star, Emma Taylor has had her share of the spotlight. After her latest dating mistake is splashed all over the media, she vows to select her guys more carefully -- and none of them will be coworkers. But that vow is challenged when model-turned-actor Jake Elliott joins the cast of her newest TV show. To complicate matters, Jake has plenty of other admirers -- including Emma's own best friend. Navigating romantic relationships is hard enough for a normal teen, but for Emma and Jake it just might be impossible.
This is a delightful story filled with humor, romance, and tons of insider looks at life on a television set. Emma and Jake's growth is well worth cheering on, and the secondary characters add some fun spice. Although Emma and Jake are older teens and have the chance to live the movie star lifestyle, the book is refreshingly clean and would work well in a high school -- or possibly even middle school -- library. Despite being on the longer side, Finnegan's smooth writing and good pacing make this book a fast read, and every scene feels necessary.
HS -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn.