Woah I’m writing a review after such a long time but I’m glad the reviewing dry-spell is being broken by FLIP THE SCRIPT. I loved loved LOVED this book so much because it featured an amazing cast of characters and such an enjoyable storyline! So let’s get onto the review!
Flip the Script by Lyla Lee
The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead.
As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her.
But when showrunners bring on a new girl to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest—and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well—can Hana fight for her position on the show while falling for her on-screen rival in real life?
-K-drama lovers will fall for all the fan-favorite tropes that make for a hit show.
-Romance is everywhere in this swoony, joy-filled novel, with fake dating, a secret relationship, and a classic love triangle!
-Visit South Korea as Hana takes readers through popular spots and hidden gems.
FLIP THE SCRIPT was an absolute joy to read. I actually read it a few months ago but I was too busy to write a review, nevertheless the book is still on my mind! I finished the book in one sitting and if some good trope-y fun seems up your alley you should definitely give FLIP THE SCRIPT a chance. The book literally has friends-to-(on-screen)-rivals-to-lovers, secret dates, fake dating (with an actual legal contract LOL!), love triangles, holding hands while running away, and much more. Since this book is a bit K-drama-esque I quite enjoyed the tropes (even though I’m not a fan of them usually)!
Without giving away too much of the story Hana, an up-and-coming actress in her first lead role decides to fake date her co-star Bryan aka a very popular member of a K-pop group, to boost the ratings of the show. Hana and Bryan don’t actually *fall in love* while fake dating, let’s just say they both have very different views on how fake the relationship is.
Aside from that, I really enjoyed how Hana and Minjee quite literally “flipped the script” by falling in love with each other. It was really cool and heartwarming to see two queer Asian girls just being with each other in a book. Overall I also really enjoyed the friend group of Hana, Minjee, and Bryan. I also loved all the different locations in South Korea Hana took the reader to.
Some of them are here in these super cute character cards which were a part of the pre-order campaign!! You can still enter the pre-order campaign for the paperback version here.
To conclude, FLIP THE SCRIPT by Lyla Lee tells the story of a tender romance between two queer teens in South Korea, who decide when the script isn’t working, it’s time to rewrite it themselves.
RATING: Highly Recommended!
Is this book for you?
CONTENT WARNINGS: Online harassment, homophobia (escalating to career retaliation), fear about coming out to parents/family/the public.
PERFECT FOR: Fans of K-dramas, love triangles, contemporary books featuring queer characters.
THINK TWICE IF: If you don’t enjoy books that feature tropes such as love triangles, fake dating etc.
GENRE: Contemporary, romance, young adult.
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