Flip the Script book review

The script
Flip the Script by Lyla Lee
304 pages
published May 31st, 2022

In this simmering, joyous novel, I’ll Be the One author Lyla Lee delivers a tender romance set between two brave teens who decide that when the script isn’t working, it’s time to rewrite it themselves.

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, heartthrob Bryan Yoon, who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the TV producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her.

But when showrunners bring on a new lead actress 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?

If I’LL BE THE ONE was for fans of K-Pop, FLIP THE SCRIPT is very much for fans of K-Dramas. And is it EVER dramatic! Hana is caught in a love triangle with two affections coming for her, one contractual, one perhaps contracting for her heart! (Okay, that was a very bad pun, I’m so sorry). Also! Fake dating! The marketing for this book indicated that Hana and Minjee were rivals to lovers, but they really just seemed to be close friends the entire time, so that was disappointing and misleading. I didn’t actually like I’LL BE THE ONE very much, but I did enjoy FLIP THE SCRIPT – I just felt like I connected with Hana a lot more. Also “sapphic k-drama star” is just much more up my alley than “K-pop star auditioner”, it feels like. I do think that Lyla Lee writes a little ‘young’, but I was prepared for that this time and found it sweet rather than annoying. Four stars.

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