Book:

Love, Unscripted

Owen Nicholls

It’s​ ​2012​ ​and​ ​Nick​ ​loves​ ​Ellie.​ ​He​ ​loves​ ​her​ ​easily​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as he​ ​loves​ ​his​ ​job​ ​as​ ​a​ ​projectionist.​ ​So​ ​when​ ​she​ ​tells​ ​him​ ​she​ ​doesn’t​ ​feel​ ​the​ ​same​ ​as​ ​when they​ ​first​ ​met,​ ​his​ ​world​ ​collapses.

 

The​ ​fallout​ ​from​ ​Ellie’s​ ​declaration​ ​causes​ ​Nick​ ​to​ ​reminisce​ ​about​ ​their​ ​first​ ​meeting, but his memories​ are​ ​as​ ​rose-tinted​ ​as​ ​the Hollywood​ ​love​ ​stories​ ​he​ ​idolises. ​​He’s haunted by ​their shared​ ​jokes,​ ​her wry smile and how perfectly everything​ ​fell​ ​into​ ​place​ ​that​ ​one​ night.​ ​

 

Four​ ​years​ ​later,​ ​however,​ ​Nick​ ​is​ ​struggling​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​why​ ​Ellie​ ​is​ ​gone​ ​and​ ​why he​ ​can’t​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​do​ ​anything​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​He​ ​checks​ ​his​ ​phone​ ​for​ ​messages​ ​from​ ​her,​ ​drafts texts​ ​to​ ​send​ ​and​ ​finds​ ​solace​ ​watching​ ​old​ ​Hal​ ​Ashby​ ​films.

 

But what did she really mean when she said her feelings have changed? Could their love ever be the same as it was that perfect first night in 2008?

 

Nick is about to find out that perhaps real love is better than reel love.

 

Genre

Romantic Comedy

UK Publication

Headline, Spring 2020

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