I am such a big fan of Jen Wilde ever since reading and loving Queens of Geek. And Going Off Script was the same. It has the signature queerness of Wilde’s story, plus some cute romance, and a whole ton of activism and speaking out!
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
What I loved the most about Going Off Script was how Wilde is able to balance this summer romance with a discussion about being ashamed of our roots and chasing our dreams, with a discussion about homophobia, sexism, and privilege in the media business. There’s so much nuance and layers in Going Off Script which just hits all the right spots.
Going Off Script features a tender cousin relationship, budding romance, coming out to her family, and Bex’s own feelings, and shame, about her background. All while there’s homophobia, straight washing, and the white male privilege in the media industry. Going Off Script is a powerful book that tackles issues that you might come up against today. All while delivering a story with a lot of heart, perseverance, and compassion.
It’s a book about insecurity, about (re)invention, and about living in the face of it all. Of the importance of taking a stand, speaking up, even when it could cost us everything. If you’re a fan of Jen Wilde books, or if you’re searching for a compelling contemporary read, or even just a book with quiet characters that stake a stand, then definitely check out Going Off Script.
About the Author
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.