#BookReview of Unscripted by Claire Handscombe @bookishclaire @BOTBSPublicity #Unscripted

Posted December 4, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 2 Comments

#BookReview of Unscripted by Claire Handscombe @bookishclaire  @BOTBSPublicity #UnscriptedUnscripted by Claire Handscombe
Published by Unbound on April 4, 2019
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Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby is. Nobody. That's why she's totally going to marry him.

She is going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to get it to him. Intrigued and flattered, he will read it, fall in love with her prose, write to her and ask to turn it into a movie. She will pretend to think about it for a week or so, then say, sure, but can I work on it with you? Their eyes will meet over the script, and fade to black. It is a fail-proof plan.

Except for the fact that he is a Hollywood star – not A list, perhaps not B list, but certainly C+ – and she is, well, not. Except for the fact that he lives in America. Except, too, for the teeny tiny age gap. Not even twenty years! Totally overcomable. All of the obstacles are totally overcomable. It's all about determination.

My Review

I kept seeing the cover for this book and when I read the blurb I knew I had to read it as soon as I could. A story of a fangirl crush and whether it would come true, yes, please. I know I have said before in another review (of another book) that every girl in one stage of their lives has had a crush on a celeb, minor or otherwise, and envision meeting them and having a fairytale life. I mean…I still do! Oh, Kelly Jones! *swoon* Ahem….moving on! The problem with Libby’s crush is she beyond obsessed, in an endearing way but she is willing to give everything and one up just to meet her crush!

I admit I found Unscripted a little hard to get into, maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I carried on and the next thing I knew I was hooked on Libby and her tale of Thomas Cassidy. A fairy tale dream of writing a screenplay with him for 3 months in Pasadena. Perfect chance for her to get him to fall in love with her and live happily ever after! Or does she? More importantly…can I go instead?

We live a tale of love, unrequited love and obsession through four sets of eyes, Libby, Thom, Ebba and Dan. Libby the girl with the crush, Thom who she crushes on, Ebba the ex-girlfriend of Thom and Dan, lovely Dan who is so totally in love with Libby but she is too blind to see it.

All these stories are tied together in different ways. The what could have been and what we still can have. To me, this book was so much more than girl meets celebrity and they fall in love. It is realistic with how life really is when you meet your star crush. You have the mundane, you have the repercussions of life decisions and it did not have the airy-fairy feel to it. It has real insecurities and feelings that we have in these surreal situations and it added a depth to the book. I mean if I managed to somehow get the opportunity to write music with Kelly well there would be tumbleweed on this blog so I completely got Libby and the way she felt, even though she was a little bit cray-cray at times. She is a likeable character but she can’t see outside her bubble which made me not like her a little bit, however, can you blame her!!

I am glad I got to read Unscripted because I do love the elements that dreams could come true and I still will hold my hope out…WOW I’m sounding a little bit like Libby now! The writing has an edge to it, it a realistic vibe and at the end well I may have got a bit choked up and the words may have got a bit blurry to read. Damn you! Although I had my reservations at the beginning I found I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to stay with the characters and not leave their side and it was bittersweet and I am wanting to go back and meet them all over again!

Until next time xxx

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About Claire Handscombe

Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA, but actually, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. She was recently longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, and her journalism, poetry, and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Bustle, Book Riot, Writing Magazine, and the Washington Post. She works as a bookseller at East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill and is the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing.

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