Review: Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

I knew I wanted to read Going Off Script as soon as I read the synopsis. If I were anywhere to be seen, I’d be giving Jen Wilde a standing ovation right about now.

Going Off Script CoverA 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. (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC of Going Off Script from Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Going Off Script needs trigger warnings for mentions of bullying, discussions of poverty, homophobia – both blatant and casual -, straightwashing fictional characters, on page panic attack, on page description of massive anxiety, characters being chased by police, loss of employment with threats, and a lot of workplace harassment.

I loved that we got to be in Bex’s head while she figured out exactly what she needed to do to be brave. She figured out what was important to her and how to live her most authentic life and she went for it, even though she was absolutely terrified to do it. She takes her past for what it is and brings everything she learned from it into the future she’s trying to build. I loved every minute of it.

It was also amazing that the characters who deserved to be shat on got shat on by the end of it. That made for such a nice change for me as a reader.

We get to see throwbacks to both of Wilde’s earlier novels with references to the Brightsiders and with Alyssa as a member of Silver Falls’ cast, which was absolutely delightful. She and Charlie are still together and life is good for them. It’s exactly what I wanted to see, honestly, even though I still need to read Brightsiders. The queer characters in this had a real community which was great.

If you’re a fan of Wilde’s other work, you’ll definitely enjoy Going Off Script! You can pick up a copy from Indiebound, Amazon or The Book Depository!


Title: Going Off Script

Author: Jen Wilde

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Length: 304 Pages

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Representation: poor ADHD lesbian main character, Indian American sapphic character, MLM side characters, WLW side characters, poor side characters.

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