Three-sentence Review: Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer

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A three-sentence review of Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer. Published by Amulet Books.

It’s rare to have a funny book that also deals with the heavy topics of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gaslighting, but Nicole Kronzer’s Unscripted is just such a book. Zelda Bailey-Cho lives for improv comedy and is attending her dream improv camp. But the camp’s attitude from stem to stern regarding women’s place in improv comedy is different than her hometown comedy team, and her coach is sending her confusing signals.

I’ve got 85 #betareading questions and here’s the answer to one:

Is the story told from a perspective that works for a YA audience?

This novel’s point of view is spot on! Camp is always a convenient setting because it removes the support network of parents and friends. This camp also has a nearby Boy Scout camp that provides a comparative camp experience. I love how Zelda is repeatedly knocked off kilter. She gets to spend entire days doing the thing she loves the best: improv! She’s attending the camp she always dreamed of! She made Varsity her first year, just like her comedy hero Nina Knightly! But even with all those exclamation points, nothing is right. And that’s before we even get to her coach’s actions.

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