Bex just got her ticket out of her hometown of Westmill via an internship on the hit TV teen drama “Silver Falls.” (Think “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”) However, her boss and head writer, Malcom, is none too happy to have his own intern. Nonetheless, Bex is just excited to be part of the show, even if it means getting coffee for the writing crew and green juices for cast members.
When Jane, another writer, takes Bex under her wing, she learns the ins and outs of how a TV show is put together. And later, when Malcom is stumped on how to write his assigned episode, Bex takes it upon herself to draft a script and give it to him. Malcom sneakily rewrites the script and passes it off as his own—right after writing her lesbian character off as straight in order to protect one of the show’s stars who made a homophobic statement. Having just come out of the closet herself, Bex feels the burn, and she makes it her mission to set the record right—both for the LGBTQ+ community and the fandom.
Author Jen Wilde not only gives readers a peek into the television industry, but she also offers an in-depth look at Bex’s coming-out process. Bex finds herself unexpectedly falling for Shrupty, a new actress on the show, and Wilde handles their romance with extreme heart and tenderness. Diverse characters and themes of sexuality and individuality make this an extremely timely story that readers will devour.
Perfect for the #ownvoices movement, Going Off Script is an excellent choice for teens looking to make their mark in society.