Going off script

Jen Wilde

Book - 2019

"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.."--Amazon.

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Genres
Romance fiction
Lesbian fiction
Published
New York : Swoon Reads 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
292 pages : 22 cm
ISBN
1250311276
9781250311276
Main Author
Jen Wilde (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—A summer internship turns into a fight for representation on the small screen. Bex is beyond excited when she is hired as an intern on the set of her favorite television program. Unfortunately, the showrunner is something of a nightmare: he yells at the staff, sends Bex on quests for fresh pastries, and plagiarizes a script she wrote for the season finale. When he also turns her queer characters into straight characters, Bex decides she's had enough. With her almost-girlfriend, Bex takes on the studio and its representation of queer characters in a show she has loved since the beginning. Readers who are willing to suspend their disbelief that an intern would write a script that is stolen by the showrunner will enjoy this story immensely. Despite Bex's unlikely opportunity, the characters in this story are likable and interesting. Unfortunately, the supporting characters are left undeveloped in an effort to display Bex's growth throughout the novel. The focus is clearly on Bex and her struggle both with her identity and her choice to ask for and expect queer characters on television. Frequent, casual references to the author's novel The Brightsiders detract from rather than contribute to what is a good story about fighting for representation in the media. Give to fans of Britta Lundin's Ship It or Amy Spalding's The Summer of Jordi Perez. VERDICT A first purchase for most libraries.—Jenni Frencham, Indiana University, Bloomington Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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, ProductionInterns 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.."--Amazon.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, production intern Bex drafts her own script for her favorite television show, Silver Falls, but when the head writer rewrites a lesbian character as straight, Bex joins forces with her crush to fight back.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.Praise for Jen Wilde: "The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue on Queens of Geek "This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams." —Seventeen on Queens of Geek

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.