Love, Unscripted: A Novel (Paperback)
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“Nostalgic, tender, and achingly cool.”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December
A film-obsessed romantic rewrites the script to understand why his “picture-perfect” love story crashed and burned in this wonderfully clever debut.
Ellie had the quizzical eyebrows of Broadcast News–era Holly Hunter and the neon-red hair of Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. At least that’s what caught Nick’s attention when he met her on the night of 2008’s historic presidential election. A cinema buff and devotee of great love stories, Nick always fancied himself the Tom Hanks of his own romantic comedy, and when sparks flew with Ellie that night, he swiftly cast her as the Meg Ryan of his story. For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie just as he loved his job as a film projectionist: wholly, earnestly, cinematically.
But now Ellie has moved out, convinced that “the fire’s gone,” and Nick is forced to sift through his memories to figure out where it all went wrong. That night was a perfect meet-cute, yes, but was their romance as destined for a “happily ever after” as he’d thought? Was he really the rom-com hero he believes he’d been? Or did this Harry let his Sally down? Peppered with references to beloved movies, Love, Unscripted explores how even a hopeless romantic can learn that in real life, love isn’t—shouldn’t be—like what we see in the movies.
About the Author
Owen Nicholls is a screenwriter with a master’s in script writing. He lives in Norwich, England with his family.
“A gorgeous rom-com filled with movie references and Obama-era nostalgia.”—Kate Davies, author of In at the Deep End
“A properly funny, clever, bittersweet rom-com.”—Richard Roper, author of How Not to Die Alone
“High Fidelity with celluloid replacing vinyl—an astutely observed romantic comedy that had me shaking with laughter and sniffing away tears . . . pure pleasure.”—Empire
“A delightfully sweet, funny, and heartbreaking ode to love stories, both on-screen and off.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Sometimes a book comes along and it feels dusted with magic—Love, Unscripted is one of those books. Nostalgic, tender and achingly cool, it has the same understated beauty as a John Cusack movie. A love letter to the silver screen and to all of the iconic romantic comedies—it’s book treasure, my new favorite.”—Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December