The downside of reading a lot is having to write a lot of reviews which takes an insane amount of time, but I love to share with you my thoughts on the books that I am reading and hopefully giving you a better idea of what you would and would not enjoy reading.
On this particular occasion, I believe you would enjoy reading Unscripted; I know I truly loved it and I believe it took me two, three days of reading to finish it. I was sooooooo hooked!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Year Of Publication: February 2018
Publisher: Ubiquitous Books
My rating:4.5 stars
*thanks to Ubiquitous books for sending me a copy for an honest review*
Who knew sticking your tongue out at a total stranger could change your life? Andromeda Hart doesn’t feel confident or pretty enough to carry off her big fancy name. In fact she feels messy, inelegant and out of control. With the rest of her life coming up fast, she’s terrified she’ll forever be all over the place. When a chance meeting in a crowded pub changes everything, can she face the challenges love, and the movie business, have in store for her? [Goodreads blurb]
CHARACTERS & PLOT
Andromeda, or Andi for short, has a pretty simple life and in the beginning of the book she lacks self-esteem and confidence, and so she sticks her tongue out at an attractive stranger checking her out. Unbeknown to her, this handsome stranger is a famous actor, unhappy with his life and his career path. Joseph was handsome and successful, but of late he has been feeling empty, bored with his life. So when the two of them are thrown in together, sparks start flying.
I really liked Andi, especially in the beginning, she was funny and her inner monologue was smart and interesting. Her flaws made her endearing and more human, however as the story progressed I felt that she continued to be stuck with her low self-esteem especially when everyone is telling her how awesome she is; this was particularly important as the plot also tried to capture issues around sexual harassment in the film industry.
Joseph is successful and charming, yet he lives an empty life, wanting more than the action roles he’s been cast in Hollywood. When he and Andi are thrown together, he finds the spark that was missing from his life and begins to dream again. He is generally likeable, however, on a few occasions, his misplaced jealousy and his inability to tell her he loved her, irked me more than once. The problem with this is that it didn’t feel like an issue of the character, but more of a plot design to keep the tension going. If he would’ve told her he loved her, many things would’ve been avoided, so I really wanted to strangle him for that. I loved him for the most, but wanted to strangle him there!
Overall, the plot carried well, minus some of the issues I’ve mentioned above. I really appreciated the different topics the novel attempted to carry, such as sexual harassment and female friendship.
The writing style was clear and easy to follow. I loved Andi’s voice and her internal monologue; for me, this was the highlight. As a debut author, Minnie has a distinct voice and a way with words that I found it was pulling me back into the story whenever my attention would wane. I will definitely watch this space!
I really enjoyed this novel! I initially gave it 4.5 stars because I was buzzing after finishing reading it. I definitely enjoyed it however, since I finished reading it and had a little bit more time to reflect, I feel that 4 stars would be a more accurate rating.
I definitely recommend this novel, and I am not usually a contemporary romance/fiction reader!