Claire Handscombe: Unscripted

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Unscripted. I’m resharing the review I wrote last year, with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the tour and the publisher for my copy of the book.


Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby is. Nobody. That’s why she’s totally going to marry him.

She is going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to get it to him. Intrigued and flattered, he will read it, fall in love with her prose, write to her and ask to turn it into a movie. She will pretend to think about it for a week or so, then say, sure, but can I work on it with you? Their eyes will meet over the script, and fade to black.

It is a fail-proof plan. Except for the fact that Thom is a Hollywood star, and she is, well, not. Except for the fact that he lives in America. Except, too, for the tiny age gap. Not even twenty years! Totally overcomable.

All of the obstacles are totally overcomable. It’s all about determination.


I found Unscripted very easy to read, and this is no small part owing to the cast of hugely relatable characters. Libby is the central character (Her crush on the lead actor in a TV show set in a school bears a striking resemblance to my own fondness for Andrew Lincoln) and I found myself invested in her story and wanting her plans to succeed. However, she’s surrounded by a group of funny and supportive friends, and for me, the star of the piece is Dan. Everybody needs a friend like Dan, and my heart ached for him as put aside his own feelings to support Libby. I wanted him to find happiness too.

Unscripted is a novel which is slightly out of my reading comfort zone. However, whilst it has all the ingredients of a romantic comedy, it is much more than that. It teaches us (and Libby) about life, love and friendship, and I enjoyed its heartwarming message.

Unscripted is available from Amazon.

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