Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love.
Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.
The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
A captivating, humorous, beautiful book, Alex Evansley’s debut novel ‘Love Scene, Take Two’ will leave you tearing through the pages and desperate for more. If you only read one book this summer, this should be it.
Full disclosure, this book has a special place in my heart. I read it two years ago (actually on June 13, 2016, which is only one day off from two years of the release date, which is crazy…), back when it was still called ‘Between Takes’ and was posted on Wattpad. (Side note: I was crazy excited when I learned that it was going to be published, but I have to admit that I was a *little* salty that Swoon Reads decided to change the title. But my favorite cover won, so I can’t complain too much 😉
One of my favorite things about this book is that even though it’s written in third-person, it reads more like it’s written in first-person. Confusing, I know. But hear me out. Alex does such a great job of letting us inside Bennett and Teddy’s heads just enough so that I never felt detached from them, which is a problem that I have run into before with third-person books. So, props to Alex on that one.
The premise of the book is one of my favorite things ever. A book about a teen author who falls in love with the actor playing her book character in the film adaptation of her book? Ultimate goals right there. (Also…can somebody make this book into a movie ASAP? Thanks.) It was also awesome that Bennett got to work on the script too, because that’s actually my dream job — I would love to write scripts and adapt books to media. Until that happens, I’ll just live vicariously through Bennett.
I love love LOVE Bennett, our female protagonist. The first half of the book is more from Teddy’s viewpoint, but in the second half we really get to see who she is, and I love that. Like Teddy, she’s super smart, witty, and sarcastic, but also vulnerable. Another thing I liked about both her and Teddy’s characters was that they weren’t perfect. They both felt real, because they both had their faults and made their mistakes, but they were still able to move past them and become better versions of themselves.
I loved how supportive and positive the relationships between Bennett, her assistant Emmy, and the female lead in the movie, Olivia, were. Even when Bennett was jealous of Olivia, she acknowledged that she had no reason to be and that she didn’t let that get in the way of becoming friends with her. The three of them together were totally awesome, although I would be lying if I said that I didn’t start to totally ship Olivia and Emmy as a couple. Just saying.
Bennett’s cousins, Will and Liz, were also great additions to the story. Will is incredibly kind and sweet, and just all around the person who you would want to be best friends with. Liz is the total opposite of that. Once you read the book, you’ll know what I mean — unfortunately, I think we’ve all had either friends or family members (or both) that have a lot of the same qualities as her. (And if you haven’t, then I hope you never do.) At first, I thought that Bennett was way too nice to her based on all the crap Liz has done to her, but after I thought about it, she just did what most of us would have done in those situations. Liz is her cousin, after all.
I figure I should end this review here, because I could continue on and on and on, and it’s already quite long. Long story short, make sure you go get this book. I’ve included preorder links down below, but it’s always a good idea to stop by your local bookstore to pick up a copy! I promise that you’re going to fall in love with this book just as I did, so do yourself a favor and read it sooner rather than later.
‘Love Scene, Take Two’ will be released by Swoon Reads on June 12, 2018.
*Don’t forget to check out my playlist for this book!
Connect with the author!
You can follow Alex on all social media platforms, including Wattpad, at @nonfictionalex!
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