Summer Unscripted – Jen Klein


   Summer Unscripted – Jen Klein, Random House, (9781524700041), 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: romance

What did you like about the book? Rainie is a bit of a drifter. It’s the end of her junior year and she’s unsure what she wants to do with her life. Then she hears gorgeous Tuck Brady deliver a speech that feels directed to her and she’s off to follow him to a summer theatre job even though she has never been interested in theatre before. When she gets there, she gets a bit part, moves in with her ex-best friend Ella and discovers that Tuck has a summer girlfriend. Things are not what Rainie was hoping for, but she finds an unexpected friendship (and perhaps more?) with photographer/actor Milo who seems to get her right off the bat. Unfortunately Milo and Ella have a bit of a history from the previous summer. Tuck indicates that he would love to be with Rainie when senior year starts and that this summer fling is nothing special. Drama! Who will Rainie choose? I liked the banter back and forth between Rainie and Milo. It felt natural and fun. I also enjoyed the humor around the play. This was a quick, fun read.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot was a bit predictable and the girl following boy plot line got my feminist hackles up a bit.

To whom would you recommend this book? Students who like summery romances by authors like Sarah Dessen, Susanne Colasanti, Jenny Han and others.

Who should buy this book? Most high schools

Where would you shelve it ? romance

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not at the top.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: August 7, 2017

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