Title: Bette, Unscripted
Author: JB Trepagnier
A damaged former child star
“Thank God, it hasn’t affected my looks,” she said as she lined her eyes. Bette Poole, once the biggest child star in the world, is struggling at twenty five. She’s got the talent for adult roles, but none of the drive. She can’t function without cocaine, booze, and opiates and it’s affecting her performance on set.
Layers of secrets and psychological damage
Jerry, her agent, makes one last attempt to help her by getting her on a reality TV show. Bette’s studio executive father doesn’t want to help, but pulls the plug on the first day of shooting. Jerry inserts himself into her life, moving into her apartment to get her sober and working. It’s worse than Jerry thought. Bette has secrets upon secrets. Secrets that could bring down half of Hollywood and involve Jerry directly. He just needs her to trust him and talk, unscripted, so he can bring down everyone who has hurt her
Bette is unstable. Being in show business from little on has left her an emotional and physical mess. Hooked on cocaine, she’s struggling to survive and desperate to help, her agent tries to step in and change her future for the better.
This book gave a very realistic look into the mindset of what young stars go through and the struggles that affect them later on in life. Bette’s character was very well-written, and I really felt for her right from the beginning of the story. After the first chapter, I was hooked, just waiting to see if her life would get better or if she would crash and burn.
Definitely an addictive read.