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Love, Unscripted

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I have read a few meh thrillers lately so I was looking for a great romcom to redeem my month of reading, but unfortunately this book fell flat for me. I felt it have potential to be great  but I was ultimately underwhelmed.

What I enjoyed about this book:

1. The sibling relationship between Nick and Gabby was a high point of this book. Their banter was hilarious and they were an extremely relatable brother/sister duo.

2. I enjoyed the movie theme, but all the references fell a bit short for me because of my lack of movie knowledge. I did end up googling a few and adding them to my list to watch so hopefully I find a great movie or two to watch from this book.

3. This book had more depth and emotion than I initially thought it would. I felt this book is definitely relatable, especially to those looking to find purpose and decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives. I will leave contemplating life choices and looking for your happy ever after.

My biggest star dedductor was the lack of epilogue and ambiguous ending. With the lack of communication between Ellie and Nick I just needed to see how their story ended. Honestly with the two of them it could have gone either way.

If you're looking for a romcom that's not as cheesy as most that's about self realization and self discovery, this is a perfect book for you. The serious aspects are balanced well with the witty banter and laugh out loud moments.
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Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls was a quirky and delightful read. 

Nick is a hopeless romantic who loves comparing his life to movies. When his relationship with Ellie fails and his life starts to unravel, he looks back at the "script" of his life, trying to figure out what went wrong. 

The novel is told from Nick's point of view and I will be honest, I typically don't love romance novels told from the guys perspective. This one pleasantly surprised me. I thought the author did a nice job at making Nick's character relatable. But I still would have liked to have some of the story told from Ellie's perspective. 

The narrative goes back and forth from past to present, which can be difficult to read. I think the author did a decent job at making the distinctions, but the reader will need to pay attention. 

The idea behind the story is sweet and I enjoyed the movie references throughout. It was excessive at times but fit the plot. Nick's character is quirky so some of the comments and comparisons will make you laugh. Who doesn't want that?!

I would give this novel 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this story, but I think I would have appreciated this novel more if it had been told from Ellie's point of view.
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DNF at chapter 2. I don't think this title was for me. I wasn't invested in the characters or what was happening. Perhaps this this the fault of the author because I am not usually a fan of romantic stories or stories that deal with politics. I think this could be a lovely story for someone else, but just not for me. I appreciate the opportunity to review it.
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This book suffers from "too many timelines not enough character growth" issue something fierce. Additionally, the protagonist was just not someone whose head I enjoyed being in. I did like the movie references, which is what lured me in with this book.
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I tried my best to read this one!  I've loved Ballantine books in the past and I've been really into contemporary romance/romantic comedies lately (plus the cover is just so cute, I couldn't pass it up!).  However, I just couldn't click with this story/characters and I had to DNF it... which was really sad!

NOTE: Because I didn't finish the book, a review will not appear on my blog.
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As much as I wanted to love this one, I just didn't.  The plot was interesting enough and the three separate timelines added a nice way of breaking up the story while also advancing it forward.  My main issue with this one are the characters.  The main character, Nick was insufferable.  He was whiny and too idealistic, and unwilling to accept his faults.  He really didn't seem to grow as a character and remained the same, annoying person throughout.  Nick wasn't the only awful character though.  Ellie was just as bad.  She was too set in her ways and determined to be right.  Their breakup was confusing and they didn't really seem to have any resolution of their issues.  Instead, Ellie was just like "hey come to America with me" but there was nothing in the story to lead us to believe they had worked out their issues.  Finally, the movie references would have been cute, except they are constant and obscure to the point of annoyance.  I'm afraid this just wasn't the book for me.
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Love, Unscripted is a particular contemporary romance about a projectionist going through a breakup with his girlfriend and analyzing their relationship to see what went wrong. There are funny movie references that the character Nick uses that showcase his humor and wit. 

The story follows Nick and Ellie's relationship. Nick is a film lover and uses many references throughout his life that were from some of his favorite movies. When his girlfriend Ellie tells him that she doesn't love his the way she once did, he remembers specific dates and jogs his memory to see where it all changed. Can he figure out what went wrong? And will he be able to fix it?

Overall, I liked the story. I will admit that it was a tad underwhelming. The story did drag at times and some scenes felt like they were in there just to add to the word count. 

I give Love, Unscripted 3 stars. Although it fell short for me, I thought the character Nick's charm, humor, and unique wit kept me reading.
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I could not get into this book.  I am not sure if it was just timing or my lack of knowledge related to movie trivia.  After reading other reviews and talking to others who have read this book I believe I will just set it down and maybe pick it up at  a later time.
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So, I really wanted to love this book. It sounded like the perfect little romance, something sweet and great to read, I mean hell even look at the cover. How do you NOT buy this book?! But this book just didn't do it for me. And to be honest, there's three timelines going here, and I've read plenty of stories that follow through multiple timelines but this just didn't to it very well. It jumped around so much I couldn't really keep everything in the right spot in my mind.

This book also felt a bit slow at times to me. So I had some trouble trudging through it and to be quite honest I didn't really connect to either of the characters which makes reading a book really difficult for me. Although I got through it, it was just kind of meh. Nothing stood out to me and I feel bad because I really wanted to enjoy this book.
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I was a little disappointed with this book. I felt like everything was overdone. The movie references were overdone. The narrative was confusing and made it difficult to follow the timeline. I had so much hope for this book, but was left wanting more. The characters were difficult to connect with. Probably would not recommend this book.
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Nick and Ellie were the perfect couple, until they weren’t. This story alternates between telling the story of the first time they met, and Nick’s more disappointing present day - he is single and his job as a movie projectionist is becoming redundant. Can Nick figure out what led to their breakup before Ellie moves onto someone new?
A spin on the classic love story - we’re brought in after the break-up, and are working alongside Nick to figure out what went wrong. Was it his self-deprecating personality? His fears of screenwriting, even with Ellie’s gift of a notebook for writing? Did Ellie tire of trying to fix him, or did Nick tire of trying to fix things for her?
This book will be published next week on Tuesday February 11! Pre-order now! Thanks to @netgalley and @randomhouse for this ARC.
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I don't want to rate this book as I couldn't complete it. I got about 25% done but really didn't like the characters or where the story seemed to be going. The plot seemed a bit flat and I just really wasn't enjoying how mopey the main character seemed. It was just not something I was enjoying.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the complimentary e-ARC.

As a huge fan of media and pop culture, I fully expected to love Love, Unscripted. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. 

First, I found the two main characters difficult to connect with. Nick came across as pretty immature and kind of a jerk, and Ellie, while witty and sarcastic, didn’t really make me want to be her friend.

Secondly, the narrative unfolds in parallel timelines—the night they met and the present, after they broke up. The back and forth narrative can work really well, but this time it was more confusing than helpful. Their first night and the beginning of their relationship was cute, fun, and relatable. But that relatability quickly faded, and then I was just annoyed at both of them, and at the writing in general. I didn’t even really care if they got back together or not. That’s how annoyed I got with it all.

I get that movies are the “gimmick” of the whole novel—Nick’s an aspiring script writer and movie aficionado after all, but the device was used with too heavy a hand. It quickly got to the point where I was throwing up my hands and exclaiming, “I get it! You like movies. Now move along.”

And I won’t say that men never write good love stories—because I’ve read some excellent male-penned love stories—but it takes a certain skill to really pull it off and make me want to invest in the characters. The author gave it a good shot, but for me, it missed the mark.

I did like this one quote—I literally laughed out loud: “And now I have to break their hearts by telling them that their dreams of both their children finding everlasting happiness are as dead as Sean Bean in
every film Sean Bean has ever been in.“
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Ellie, with the neon red hair, caught Nicks eye immediately at a 2008 presidential election party hosted by his friends. Nick is a cinema buff who loves romantic comedy, always viewing himself as the Tom Hanks of his own love story. He loved Ellie just as much as he loved his job and the cinema. ⁣⁣
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Fast forward four years, and Ellie has moved out, convinced that she doesn’t love him the way it’s supposed to be. Nick is left to sort through the memories the past four years.From their meet-cute at the party, to the following years of moving in together. But maybe not everything was as perfect as he let himself to believe. Was he really the rom-com hero he believes he has been? Or did this Harry let his Sally down?⁣⁣
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If you are expecting a cute, rom-com type story out of this, it may be a bit of a let down. I feel like this book more compares to “How Not To Die Alone”. It did have it’s funny moments in it, but the thing that really made this enjoyable for me was all the movie references! I think everyone has been at that stage in life where they are heartbroken over a relationship ending, and it was not what you thought it was. This story is told from Nick’s pov, with flashbacks to that first night he met Ellie. It was actually quite heartbreaking at times. Nick was so sad but came to terms with everything at the end. I wouldn’t say this had the HEA that you would expect it to! However, I did enjoy it! ⁣⁣
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Love, Unscripted is definitely a good book. And one I think many romance/rom com/contemporary readers will love. I enjoyed bits of it and ultimately was happy when I was done, but guys, this is a classic, it’s me not you, book.

Coming in at ⭐️⭐️⭐️, I just didn’t connect with the story or our main character, Nick. The story is told in alternating timelines of past and present. Past, Nick and Ellie meet at the 2008 election night party to watch Obama secure the presidency. It’s adorable. Present, Nick and Ellie are broken up and Nick’s life is imploding. The story follows both timelines to help put all the pieces together.

And guys, it’s a good story, but not what I was craving at the time. Nicholls wrote about amazing story and one that will definitely pull heartstrings and help others feel seen, but I just didn’t love Nick or Ellie and I wish I did. Once again, ITS ME, NOT YOU.
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Long story short: Nick sucks and I'm glad Ellie left him. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.
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“Love, Unscripted” by Owen Nicholls is like a sad country western song with a self-deprecating narrator. A cynical and honest depiction of falling in and out of love.

Blurb:  Nick and Ellie break up and Nick spends the rest of the novel looking back on how everything went wrong.

In the process of his reflection, we get the entire retelling of Nick and Ellie’s love story retold from Nick’s perspective.  He explores the ups and down that come with any relationship and how, ultimately, love isn’t like the movies.

I had a really hard time staying focused while reading this one.  While the writing is stellar and I loved the retelling of their love story, Nick’s ego got in the way of me truly falling in love with his character.

The constant movie references and film talk left me confused and bored.  I really wanted to love this one, but I just didn’t relate to anyone in this book.  If I was more of a movie buff, I probably would have fallen in love with all the movie references.  This one just didn’t do anything for me.
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2/5 stars

DNF. I'm sorry to say that I DNF'ed this one. The premise sounded so good and I generally love anything regarding film. I wasn't able to connect with the characters or writing style.
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I started this one a few weeks ago and really wanted to love it especially since a trusted rec source really enjoyed it. However, I just could not get into it. I think I’m going to wait a bit and give this one another try, because I was enjoying the story, but I just don’t think it was the right time for me to read this one.
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The one word I would use to describe this book is forgettable. I enjoy my love stories and romance, so going in I was excited to think I might find another book I loved. This wasn't the worst book but certainly not the best. As I said it was pretty forgettable, I didn't care much for the characters, and I really didn't like the flipping of timelines
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