When two former teen stars reconnect at the reunion for their hit TV show, they discover their feelings for one another were not merely scripted in this charming and heartwarming novel perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.
Liv Latimer grew up on TV.
As the star of the popular teen drama Girl on the Verge, Liv spent her adolescence on the screen trying to be as picture perfect as her character in real life. But after the death of her father and the betrayal of her on-screen love interest and off-screen best friend Ransom Joel, Liv wanted nothing more than to retreat, living a mostly normal life aside from a few indie film roles. But now, twenty years after the show’s premiere, the cast is invited back for a reunion special, financed by a major streaming service.
Liv is happy to be back on set, especially once she discovers Ransom has only improved with age. And their chemistry is certainly still intact. They quickly fall into their old rhythms, rediscovering what had drawn them together decades before. But with new rivalries among the cast emerging and the specter of a reboot shadowing their shoot, Liv questions whether returning to the past is what she needs to finally get her own happy ending.
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What a fun read for a lazy afternoon! This utterly charming romantic comedy is for all of us who had a favorite teen TV show and always wondered how the characters’ stories ended. When the cast of the early-2000s television drama Girl on the Verge—imagine a cross between The O.C. and Gilmore Girls—gets together for a 20-year reunion special, the show’s almost-retired star, Liv, and her on-screen boyfriend, Ransom, find it easy to slip right back into the chemistry they used to have. But a couple of decades of growing older in Hollywood—not to mention some unfinished personal business—creates obstacles. Author Kayla Olson fills her novel with laugh-out-loud lines about retro fashion trends and social media and gives us some tart subplots about career rivalries and on-set cattiness. This second-chance romance will delight even the most cynical reader.
YA thriller writer Olson (This Splintered Silence) makes her adult debut with this breathtaking friends-to-lovers romance. Liv Latimer became a teen star through Girl on the Verge, a landmark high school drama that lasted six seasons primarily due to the chemistry between Liv and her handsome costar, Ransom Joel. It was hard to separate playing at love for the cameras from their close friendship in real life, but Liv managed to be happy keeping things platonic—until a misunderstanding drove them apart. Post Verge, Ransom has become a blockbuster movie star, while Liv, who values her privacy more than ever after the invasive tabloid response to the death of her father, is something of an indie darling. When the cast of Verge is brought back together for a 20th reunion special, the pair see each other again for the first time since their adolescence—and the sizzle between them is stronger than ever. Olson makes the sexual tension palpable as Liv weighs whether getting involved with Ransom is worth the potential heartache. Meanwhile, agents, publicists, and social media all home in on Liv and Ransom, some pushing a romance while others work to keep them apart. This tantalizing glimpse behind the scenes is sure to wow. Agents: Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary.