LGBTQ romance and straightwashing? Those two were enough to make me want to read the book. However, I didn’t know there was an Indian gay character in the book. I’m lowkey mad that wasn’t in the synopsis, but it’s okay (not really).
Anyway, Going Off Script follows Bex, who is interning for her favorite TV show, Silver Falls. She is a screenwriter who dreams of one day writing her own show. However, her perfect picture of Hollywood is ruined when she realizes instead of sitting in the writer’s room, she’s going to be doing all the grunt work. In order to prove herself, Bex writes an episode and gives it to the head writer, who rewrites her proudly lesbian character as straight! Bex and her crush won’t stand for it, so they have no choice but to fight back.
This was a new and refreshing type of contemporary that I’ve been wanting. All I’ve been reading is the normal type of contemporary in which a boy and girl fall in love, with maybe a few obstacles in between. It’s been monotonous when it comes to reading, and this book was like a coming up for air. This book reminded why I read.
First off, the diversity was so effortless. In a lot of books the diversity is the focus of the story. In 2019, that shouldn’t be the case anymore. We need to move away from diversity being the main thing to it being a normal idea. Of course as an Indian I appreciated the representation. It’s not something I’ve ever seen before, which made be appreciate it more.
Bex also has a wonderful support system. She is scared to come out, but when she does her family surrounds her with love and they don’t treat her any different which I think is very important.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. It was a really cute story that took on some important issues and tackled them really well. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a different type of contemporary.
A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.
Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.
Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.
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