AWRW Book Review: Scared Scriptless, by Alison Sweeney

Maddy Cscaredscriptlessarson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates “Hollywood.” Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule – “No Actors!” – helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig’s agenda doesn’t exactly line up with her altruistic goal.

Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.

Scared Scriptless offers an engagingly relatable heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how television is made.


Paperback, 320 pages

Published June 3rd 2014 by Hyperion

Women’s Fiction/ Chick Lit.




“So now I have to introduce my family to the guy I am dating, who is also my boss, sell them on a reality show, and put together a sizzle reel that’s going to impress Craig… and save Wolf county.”

Maddy Carson, a script supervisor for the hit television show, The Wrong Doctor, swore to herself that she would never date anyone in the “business”. And yet she finds herself  dating her boss Craig, of all people! She has a bad habit of measuring anyone she dates against her college boyfriend and first love, but so far, as far as office romances go, her relationship with Craig is pretty low risk.

Hollywood is a far cry from her hometown in Wolf County, and Maddy wonders about the road not taken. But could she ever give up her career and go home again?

When her parents tell her they may have to shut down their business at the Ski resort, Maddy comes up with an idea for a reality tv show to save Wolf County, and her parents’ business.

“I am absolutely not going to be a part of this hatchet job you are trying to do on my hometown.”

But Craig isn’t who Maddy thinks he is, and soon she is drawn to a new actor on the set of  The Wrong Doctor. Adam is refreshingly real, and very persistent in his pursuit of Maddy, but should she give him a chance? Or will she become another notch in a celebrity bed post?

I really enjoyed this women’s fiction, Scared Scriptless. It has a healthy dose of romance, but focuses mostly on Maddy’s career as a script supervisor, and eventually executive producer. If you are interested in all the behind the scenes drama that goes behind television shows, well this book has PLENTY of it! Based on this novel, I’m starting to think that sometimes the behind the scenes drama is more interesting than the shows themselves!

Maddy Carson is a REAL woman, with hopes and dreams, and insecurities. She is a heroine that is absolutely relatable. In the end, she learns that life is better without a script.

Scared Scriptless, by Alison Sweeneycontains several laugh out loud moments, a few gasp-worthy scenes, and an ending that will bring happy tears to your eyes. I am giving this novel 4 stars. 🙂

“Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC’s hit reality series The Biggest Loser; an award-winning actress who plays Sami Brady on NBC’s hit daytime drama Days of our Lives; and author of The Mommy Diet and her first novel, The Star Attraction. She serves as an ambassador to SU2C and City of Hope.” –Amazon Author Bio.

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***I received a copy of Scared Scriptless, by Alison Sweeney, from the Author’s Publicist, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful review.


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