The Girl in the Book is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Marya Cohn in her directorial debut. The film stars Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist, David Call, Michael Cristofer, Talia Balsam and Ana Mulvoy-Ten. It had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13, 2015. The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on December 11, 2015, by Myriad Pictures, and Freestyle Releasing.
Alice Harvey, a 28-year-old assistant book editor and aspiring writer, is tasked with handling the re-release of Milan Daneker's book Waking Eyes. Alice, the daughter of two successful, but neglectful, agents first met Milan as a teenager at one of her parents' parties. As she is forced to interact with him again she repeatedly flashes back to their interactions when she was a child when he forged a relationship with her under the guise of reading her work. When he later incorporated both her writing and intimate moments from their sexual relationship into his book she told her mother what had happened. Both her parents confronted Milan and chose to believe that she had an over-active imagination and a crush on Milan after Milan denied anything ever happened.
In the present Alice finds herself feeling jarred and out of control as Milan keeps inserting himself in her life. At her birthday party she meets Emmett, a community organizer, and the two begin dating. However, when her best friend's baby sitter makes an off-handed comment about how Waking Eyes doesn't interest him she has sex with him and is quickly caught by her best friend Sadie. Emmett also finds out and dumps Alice. In order to convince Emmett to give their relationship another shot Alice creates a blog listing 100 reasons why Emmett should take her back. In the meantime she confronts Milan about what he did though he continues to insist that the relationship was what she wanted. She later skips Milan's book re-launch party to talk to Emmett who finally agrees to take her back. Afterwards he figures out that she is "the girl in the book" and Alice tells him that she isn't any more. Newly inspired she begins to write again for the first time since Milan betrayed her and titles her work, The Girl in the Book.
In June 2013, it was announced Emily VanCamp, and Michael Nyqvist had joined the cast of the film, with Marya Cohn making her directorial debut. Production on the film began in Mid-June of that same year, in New York City. It was filmed during a five-week gap VanCamp had between seasons on Revenge.
A Kickstarter campaign was set up to raise money for post-production, the goal was set at $65,000, the goal was met raising a total of $65,342. Rewards for donating included a behind-the scenes blog, and a coffee table book.
The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13, 2015. In October 2015, it was announced Myriad Pictures, and Freestyle Releasing acquired U.S distribution rights to the film. The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on December 11, 2015.
The film has received positive reviews from critics. It holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. It holds a 69 out of a 100 based on 8 critics on Metacritic, indicating generally favorable reviews.