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Unscripted

Amulet Books; pub date April 21, 2020


Seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho has her future all planned out: improv camp, then Second City, and finally Saturday Night Live. She’s thrilled when she lands a spot on the coveted varsity team at a prestigious improv camp, which means she’ll get to perform for professional scouts—including her hero, Nina Knightley. But even though she’s hardworking and talented, Zelda’s also the only girl on Varsity, so she’s the target for humiliation from her teammates. And her 20-year-old coach, Ben, is cruel to her at practice and way too nice to her when they’re alone. Zelda wants to fight back, but is sacrificing her best shot at her dream too heavy a price to pay? Equal parts funny and righteous, Unscripted is a moving debut novel that Printz Award winner Nina LaCour calls “a truly special book, written at exactly the right time.” 


Behind the scenes…

The main lodge

The main lodge

Sky Ranch

Unscripted takes place at a fictional improv camp in the mountains of Colorado, but the setting is based off of a real, more conventional camp I attended and worked as a counselor in high school and college. During a weekend in July of 2018, I went back with my family to hike and camp and smell that piney air again.

Me in 1998, rocking a hemp necklace

Me in 1998, rocking a hemp necklace

It’s like I knew…

When I found this photo, I freaked out. Here I am at camp, belaying campers, and wearing an improv comedy t-shirt!

My boots at Cirque Meadows, 1998

My boots at Cirque Meadows, 1998

My boots at Cirque Meadows, 2018

My boots at Cirque Meadows, 2018