Review: Off Script by Kate Watson
Look, I know absolutely nothing about Jane Austen and her stories but every time I read a Kate Watson book, I get a little more curious. Not going to lie, Off Script in combination with the latest Emma movie trailer has me even more intrigued! Check out my 5 star review below.
Big TY to Kate and Flux for giving me the preview of all of her books, including this one. I’m a fan because she’s fab!
Off Scriptby Kate Watson
Published by: Flux
on January 21, 2020
Emma gets a Hollywood-tinged, feminist update in this funny and fierce retelling of Austen’s classic about a well-intentioned but tragically misguided matchmaker.
The summer after her first year of college, teen starlet Emma Crawford returns home to Manhattan to prepare for the role of a lifetime—and play career matchmaker to her friends. When Emma’s search for an assistant leads her to the wide-eyed Brittany Smith, Emma sees the big screen in the girl’s future. And because Emma knows best, she’s sure that steering Brittany onto the right path is all she needs to do to make her a star—even if Brittany doesn’t know it yet.
Emma’s plans start to unravel, however, when professional soccer player Liam Price re-enters her life. Not only is Liam her former best friend’s older brother, but he’s gorgeous, smart, and has no problem pointing out the (totally exaggerated) flaws in Emma’s plans. But as Emma comes in close contact with the darker side of Hollywood, she starts to question the glamorous world she’s always known and realizes her role in it needs to change—if she can find the courage to go off script.
We live in an era of Instagram influencers and the #MeToo movement, which Kate appropriate explores in her story. Yes, Emma is a celebrity and comes from celebrity, but she feels equally as down to earth and real as someone who lives next door. She could be your best friend (Emma, call me) yet she has some work to do (oh, and does she do the work) as a precocious young adult. Perhaps what I love most about this story is that Emma has actual thigh muscles on the cover and the diet to match. I’ve never read a female character who goes through a muscle growth period. As a person who has been in a growth period for almost 3 years, I can tell you: it’s fucking hard. The stigma around having muscles as a female is real so to have Emma as a role model for youth is *chef’s kiss*.
Oh, and that last chapter? Seeing old favorites will never get old. Thanks for keeping these stories in the same universe!