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Off Script

By: Kate Watson

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.

ISBN: 9781635830484

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Actors and actresses , Hollywood , Sexual abuse , Friendship , Family life , Love , Matchmakers , Retellings

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Just like the protagonist of Jane Austen’s Emma, this young Emma is a misguided matchmaker, but she lives in present-day Manhattan instead of 1800s England. She and her brother Harlan are TV and movie stars who share an apartment and are both preparing for the roles of a lifetime. But Emma needs a new assistant to help her as she devotes all her Just like the protagonist of Jane Austen’s Emma, this young Emma is a misguided matchmaker, but she lives in present-day Manhattan instead of 1800s England. She and her brother Harlan are TV and movie stars who share an apartment and are both preparing for the roles of a lifetime. But Emma needs a new assistant to help her as she devotes all her time to bulking up for a new action role—and who better than pretty, young, naive Brittany? Emma and Brittany spend hours scheduling social media updates as Emma schools Brittany in all things trending, while also helping Brittany with romance and even walk-on spots in a soap opera. Meanwhile, Emma’s own love life is rocky as she flirts with the son of a good friend but not-so-secretly falls for handsome Liam, a professional soccer player. It takes a #MeToo moment for Emma to be shocked out of her matchmaking attempts and overwhelming self-absorption to focus on the bigger picture, and to recognize and confront the many toxic people who surround her. Readers who follow celebrity Twitter feuds will enjoy this third book in the “Mansfield” series. While this installment can be read independently, most teens will be able to follow the enormous cast of characters better if they’ve read the two previous books, Seeking Mansfield and Shoot the Moon. A lightweight rom-com turns more serious following a #MeToo moment; a fun read for tweens and younger teens who are avid social media users.

Book Details

ISBN

9781635830484

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/4"

Page Count

344

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

Flux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Actors and actresses, Hollywood, Sexual abuse, Friendship, Family life, Love, Matchmakers, Retellings,

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