Once Upon a Book Club Review: The Roughest Draft

Posted November 21, 2022 by shooting in Book Review / 6 Comments

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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I got this book from Once Upon a Book Club. That means I was able to open up gifts as I read the book. To be honest, this made me like the book a bit more than I otherwise would have.

Katrina and Nathan met at a writing workshop and eventually became co-authors. Nathan is married, but Katrina is not. Despite this, their author relationship seems to work and three years ago, they were on the brink of stardom. Something happened and Katrina walked away. She got engaged to their literary agent, and Nathan tried to eke out a solo author career.

Now they are forced back together to finish one more book to fulfill their contract. This is a book that writers would probably enjoy as it’s very much about writing a book, and writing a life. The POV changes between Katrina and Nathan, both past and present. This gives us a whole look at the story, but I also found the back and forth in time to be kind of annoying. It just felt like a lot of things were going to repeat themselves, and I just wanted concrete answers about the past.

Not a bad book by any means, it’s still a pretty standard 3-star read for me. Definitely not something I’d re-read, but I’m glad I had the chance to check it out.

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6 responses to “Once Upon a Book Club Review: The Roughest Draft

  1. I mostly liked this one, but I lost all respect for Kat when she agreed to write the novel as an ultimatum from her fiancé. And all the emotional cheating I was not a fan of. And I was confused because the two authors were writing a book about divorce, but also writing about their own feelings in the book…about divorce?

  2. So you get prizes for getting to certain pages. How wonderful! I think I went 4/5 on this because the ending was very strong for me. I just expected something different from them given my experiences with ther YA books.

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  3. verushka

    In the beginning I hoped this was a stellar read for you bc the relationship between Katrina and Nathan had me so curious. I’m sorry it didn’t quite get there 🙁

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