Author: Davis Bunn
“Despite the fact that you were arrested for fraud, everyone I spoke with declared you were both honest and good at your job,” Danny is told in Davis Bunn’s novel, Unscripted.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy a fictional story about the movie and film industry. With no profanity, topics of depression, abandonment, and drug abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this tale based in Southern California, up and coming Danny Byrd finds himself in jail, broke and with a ruined reputation due to his business partner and once-best-friend absconding all funds from their two-bit movie production company. Mysteriously, Danny is freed from jail and given part ownership in a hotel in San Luis Obispo. Offered a chance to redeem his career by revamping a television movie script, he meets lawyer Megan Pierce, who would do anything to protect him, her newfound client. While dealing with the shame, rage, and deep-setted scars from the past, the man who wants to make his mark in the industry has to open up and realize he is not in control to move on with his life, work, and love.
~ Why ~
Having been born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and my husband was a child actor, I immediately related to the storyline of the Hollywood “climbing the ladder no matter who you trample on” scene. I enjoyed the two main characters’ roles and how they related to each other as they worked through their struggles and pain. The young new actress was genuine and realistic in how she consistently tried to please Danny.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like in-depth novels about the movie industry’s behind-the-scenes, legal issues, and sometimes underhanded deals may not be interested in this read. Others may get confused in the many individuals playing their parts so a list would be helpful at the beginning of the book.
~ Wish ~
With this being a technical novel regarding the LA film industry, it rarely mentions how God can heal and redeem those deep, hurtful of the past. I feel Bunn missed the perfect opportunity to have Megan’s father show Danny a Bible verse or two about dealing with pain and learning to trust God.
~ Want ~
If you want to know more about the ins and outs of corporate wheeling and dealing when it comes to film production, this story of a man’s unscripted path to redemption, hope, and acceptance will keep your attention.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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