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Unscripted by Claire Handscombe Book Review & Blog Tour

*I was gifted a copy of this book in return for this review and as part of the blog tour.

Unscripted is a book about unrequited love, friendship and following dreams.

Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thom 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?

Book Review

Usually, I tend to stick to the same genre of book; serious, dramatic and not always quite so lovely, but I’ve been trying to expand my reading a bit into other types of books. This book certainly didn’t let me down. More so in the fact it was kind of like my love for the really cheesy Hallmark movies that are on the TV at certain times of year. Cheesy, light hearted and predictable, but in a good way.

The story is based around 4 characters; Libby, Dan, Thom and Ebba. Libby was just a bit irritating but she is the main protagonist so obviously I just wanted good things to happen for her. From the get go (after the first introductory paragraphs from each character) I’d decided a little in my head how I’d like the story for each character to play out (or at least tried to predict a little). The paragraphs are quite short and each one is in the perspective of a different character which I found made it quick and easy to read. It made me want to read more, constantly thinking “I wonder what’s going to happen to x character now” and I enjoyed how the characters and their stories intertwined.

The characters were all adults in their 20’s and over but it did feel a little as though the characters (particularly the 2 university graduates) were quite young. Libby’s behaviours and attitudes were quite childlike at times I felt and I wondered if she was quite immature and unrealistic.

As I mentioned before, the ending was really quite predictable, as were some aspects of the story but I enjoyed the journey all the same. The book kind of finished before I was expecting it to, like it was quite rushed. I wanted to know what happened after the ending. It was quirky, light hearted and just a really lovely read.

You can find out more about the author Claire Handscombe on her website, Twitter and Facebook Page. You can also purchase this book from Amazon if you fancy a read yourself (which I highly recommend).

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