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Scared Scriptless: A Novel Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"With a lovable heroine and industry gossip, Sweeney's latest goes behind the scenes and straight to the heart."―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's hit reality series The Biggest Loser; an award-winning actress who plays Sami Brady on NBC's hit daytime drama Days of our Lives; and author of The Mommy Diet and her first novel, The Star Attraction. She serves as an ambassador to SU2C and City of Hope.
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The novel revolves around a few months in the life of Maddy Carson -- script supervisor for a major, primetime drama. The first few chapters have a little bit of a slow, but educational, start as we learn all about the different jobs on set - who's who and what they do. Some other reviewers felt like this was too much, but I have to say I really liked learning all the ins and outs of show production. Later in the story, Maddy works on developing a new show concept and pitching it to the network execs - again, I thought all the Hollywood insider bits were fascinating. It's a lot to cover to make sure that readers aren't lost by the industry jargon - and I think it was better to cover it all rather than leave any readers confused. So I give a thumbs up to that where others might just find it tedious.
Other than the behind-the-scenes tidbits, you've got this completely relatable main character, Maddy. She's detail-oriented and ultra-organized. She's from a small town but totally settled (at least physically) in Hollywood now - so you get to see both of these worlds and how they mix (or don't mix). You've got the personal journey that she goes on throughout the novel. And you've got the romances - which I won't say anything about so as not to spoil anything! Oh, and there's a genuine, feel-good family side story too - loved that!
I found myself wishing that this had been a much longer book because I sort of thought it ended too soon - so many more moments that could have been written about. Not that it ended abruptly, just that I had come to know these characters and wished I could stay in their world a little longer. Perhaps in book #3...
Oh - and any Days of Our Lives or Ali Sweeney fans will love the little Easter eggs she throws in - just for fun!
So when she begins dating one of the show's executives, Craig Williams, she tells herself she is not technically breaking her own rules.
When she gets an idea for a reality show based on her hometown in Wolf County, and collaborates a bit with Craig before presenting the idea to their boss, she is totally unprepared for Craig's betrayal, which definitely makes her question her own rules.
Then when Adam, one of the actors on the show, asks her out and pursues a relationship with her, she begins to wonder if she needs that rule book.
Scared Scriptless: A Novel was a delightful story about life behind the scenes in Hollywood, and the author definitely knows her material, as she starred in Days of Our Lives for several years, and has been on other TV shows as well.
The story is narrated in the first person voice of Maddy, a character I could not help but root for. I recommend this book for all who love stories about Hollywood, and those who have read any of Sweeney's books. 4.5 stars.
Maddy gets to meet Sophie Atwater a publicist through her work colleague / friend Billy Fox both from The Star Attraction and Adam Devine a new character.
The novel has a genuine feel good vibe about standing up for what you believe even if it leaves you a little shaken. Rule driven by nature Maddy learns that you never now what’s waiting for you around the corner.
Maddy the main character deals with the pressures associated with bringing her ideas to fruition, actor fan reaction, those that will do anything just to get noticed, trusting your self in matters of the heart, being true & respectful to your family & friends.
Scared Scriptless is an engaging feel good read that has the reader experience many emotions and leaves you smiling with delight as you turn the last page.
I've heard it said that finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend. I look forward to revisiting these characters in Alison's next novel.