Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby. Nobody. That’s why she’s totally going to marry him.
She’s 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, and ask to turn it into a movie. She will pretend to think about it, then say, ‘Sure, but can I work on it with you?’ Their eyes will meet over the script… and fade to black.
But with four interwoven lives in play, can anything be that simple? Thoughtful, quirky, and moving, Unscripted is a story of friendship and second chances, and asks the question: how far can you take your dream?
Admittedly, this story took me a while to settle into it. That being said, once I did settle into it, I soon became swept up in Libby’s world and couldn’t put it down.
We’ve all been there. With a pop singer maybe or an actor. Who didn’t fantasise that somehow that person would come into your life and you would live happily ever after? I know I did. It brought a rush of emotions back to my major crush on Morton Harket, lead singer from A-ha. My wall was plastered from top to bottom of posters and cut outs. It’s a stage though that we grow out of. Or normally do.
Libby I wasn’t to sure what to make of her at first. To say she is mid twenties and still has these fascinations had me thinking she was very deluded. The further into the story we get though, her fantasies start to become reality. I won’t tell you if they all do as that would spoil the story but for me this was the changing point in the novel.
The story alternates between four characters. One of the stand out ones for me was Dan. He has been Libby’s constant go to person since they met. I enjoyed reading of his thoughts and emotions and I had real empathy for this guy. In fact, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the chapters from the point of views of Dan and Thom. It was good to see things from the male perspective.
Unscripted ended up being a surprisingly compelling read of which I enjoyed getting to know the four main characters better as well as the love triangles form. I got caught up in their lives and was intrigued at how it was all going to end. Have to say the ending was the one I wanted it to be and did get rather emotional and shed a few tears. What can I say apart from being a sucker for a happy ending.
Thanks to the author for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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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.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5178862.Claire_Handscombe