Review: Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

Going Off ScriptTitle: Going Off Script
Author: Jen Wilde
Genres: Young Adult 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.


I got an ARC of Going Off Script from Macmillan Publishing. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

When I read Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek two years ago it quickly became a favorite, so when her The Brightsiders came out I thought I was going to enjoy it very much but there was no way it was going to get better than Queens of Geek but… it was. Because of this, Jen Wilde solidified herself as an auto-buy author for me. So naturally, I hoped that Going Off Script would be even better for me than The Brightsiders was, since Jen Wilde had managed to exceed my expectations before but, sadly, this time it wasn’t the case and I ended up liking Going Off Script even less then Queens of Geek.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still very much liked Going Off Script. I actually read it while I was in a reading slump and on a day where it was 30+ degrees (Celcius, I’m not American) and I just sat outside and read all day, and managed to finish it. And that while I hadn’t read anything but audiobooks for a few months. There’s just something incredibly addicting about Jen Wilde’s writing that just makes you want to keep reading forever. And while I usually feel like my brain is filled and can’t take it anymore after I read an entire book in a day, I never have that problem with Jen Wilde’s books.

Jen Wilde’s books are always cute and fun and quick and nerdy and that’s what I love about them. Queens of Geek centered around a convention, The Brightsiders centered around a band and Going Off Script centered around a girl trying to break into the entertainment industry by interning at a tv show. And while these books are cute and fun, they also don’t shy away from showing the ugly side of things.

And besides this book being about the entertainment industry and how incredibly shitty it can be sometimes, and fighting this shitty-ness, it’s also about a girl coming out, falling in love and dating a girl for the first time. And the romance was absolutely adorable and made me smile a lot.

So, what made me not like this book as much as I liked the others? I’m… honestly not completely sure. I enjoyed the plot, the writing, the relationships, etc. It just felt like there was something missing. I didn’t feel as connected to these characters as I did to the characters in the other book, I didn’t feel as invested in the plot, and this book didn’t have those moments that made me incredibly emotional like the other books did. This book was just… Less.

So, would I still recommend this book? Absolutely. Like I said, I still very much enjoyed this book and had a really great time reading it, I just didn’t like it as much as I liked the other books. While Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders were both 5 star reads for me, this one was a 4 star. Maybe a little more. And I still can’t wait to see what Jen Wilde comes out with next, because I’m still 100% sure I’ll love it.

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7 gedachtes over “Review: Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

  1. Marie zegt:

    Lovely review, Laura! I’m sorry to hear you were a little disappointed by this one compared to the author’s other books so far, but I’m happy you still overall really liked it! I so agree with you about the writing, somehow whenever I read a Jen Wilde book, I just can’t stop reading and want to read it all in one go 🙂

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