Going Off Script – Jen Wilde

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Film Industry, LGBTQIA+, Coming of Age, Celebrity, Family Bonds, Romance, Fandom


June is Pride Month—not that you need me to remind you—so I’m reading almost exclusively books with LGBTQIA+ characters in order to show my support, thus highlighting LGBTQIA+ themed stories. And this is a beautiful, under-the-radar gem you should definitely check out if you, too, want to join the Pride wagon but aren’t sure what would make a great summer read.

Remember the lovely and mildly popular LGBTQIA+ book titled QUEENS OF GEEK? The one with the con, strong friendships and swoon-worthy relationships? Yes, that one. This book was written by the same author so I have no idea why it’s so under-the-radar. After all, Jen Wilde’s writing is elegant and her characters so easy to relate to.

You don’t even have to be into writing, filming, directing or a huge fangirl/boy to enjoy this story. It’s universal in that way. Bex gets an internship, proves herself at her internship by writing a script which is then stolen. Betrayal and hopes squashed are things most of us can understand and connect with. And if you’re like me, then your instinct tells you find a solution and fight until everything is right again. That’s what Bex learns to do, and thankfully she has people who care about her to back her up.

The storyline is pretty simple but I enjoyed the themes of perseverance, love (wonderful lesbian romance and family bonds!), courage as well as the dirty information provided about the dirty Hollywood film industry that everyone loves to hate. The main ‘‘villain’’ is pretty one-dimensional, despicable and stereotypical but I couldn’t wait to see him suffer.

It’s Pride Month, Pride Month, Pride Month. So read it, read it, read iiiit.


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