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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (25 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442374152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442374157
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,129,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book that stirs the emotions of anyone who has ever loved musicals. Sadly i'm 42 and this is a book for teenagers but hey a man can dream! I loved Nate, I could see everything he said and felt and I read it in on sitting and would happily read again whilst waiting for Five Six Seven Nate book two. His Aunt is great too with her flatmate - definitely new book there too! Don't delay download or buy today!!
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This is a wonderful book. Particularly, if like me, you have a passion for Broadway musicals. It’s aimed at teenagers but I’m 39 and I absolutely loved it! It’s extremely well written, and very witty . From the moment I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. Nate is such a warm character you can’t help but fall in love with him instantly. Now having finished it, I am just hoping Tim Federle writes a sequel. I would download it in an instant!
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful... with a warning 3 Mar 2013
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have to start by saying that I loved this book. It was adorable, fun, and heartwarming. It was also neat to experience the first trip to New York with Nate. He grew a lot on his trip, and I loved seeing that growth. He was naive yet quick, funny yet real. Overall, just flat out wonderful.

Now, I work in a public library. We started with this book down in the children's department. Amazon says ages 9+. I cannot think of any 9 year old that I could possibly give this book to. Honestly, I can't think of any child I would give this book to at all. Nate is definitely showing signs that he wants to be with boys, but he is only 13 and hasn't made that decision yet. There is nothing wrong with that to me. To some parents, they might not feel the same way, or they might just not be ready to discuss that with their children. I wouldn't want to be the person that handed this book to a parent that wasn't ready for their child to read about it. Also, they use a word that starts with "f" and is a derogatory term for homosexual person. (Amazon won't let me say the word in my review, yet it appears many times in a book for children ages 9+???) Again, something many parents don't want their children introduced to. So there is a chance I could find a parent to discuss this with, and they could give it to their child fully prepared for discussion afterward. Unfortunately, I fear that most kids will see the cover and pick it up because it's cute, and these kids very well could have parents that don't want that discussion.

We decided to move this up to the teen section. It is a pretty juvenile story, but I'm hoping some 13 or 14 year old kids who love theater will pick this up and fall in love with it. Also, it might find an audience in people questioning their sexual preferences. By the age of 13, most kids are more aware of the world around them, and they are hopefully mature enough to talk about any questions they might come across while reading. If not, their friends probably know, and they are more likely to talk to them. Hopefully the cute cover still appeals to teens.

Again, I love this book. The story is adorable. The writing is spot-on for the story. There are a lot of concepts hit upon: family values, being the sibling of a "star", discovering who you are, exploring your dreams with eyes wide open. It is a cute, quick read that even adults will enjoy, especially adults who might love Glee like I do.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Better Nate is Great! 5 Feb 2013
By Twin2SF - Published on
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What a fabulous book. As an educator, I am always looking for good books, filled with adventure, depth, humor, "morals" (stealthily embedded), and thoughtfulness. Bravo on all accounts! Can't wait for Part Two. There must be a Part Two. My students in grades 6 and up will enjoy this book and Nate's adventures, trials, and triumphs. This book deserves all the stars it has earned so far.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Hilarious fun! 8 Feb 2013
By Melanie Greenberg - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is hilarious fun! I pre-ordered it for my 6th grade son, who developed a love of musical theater in the last year. When it came this week, I flipped to the author bio, and burst out laughing: "Tim Federle is the author of over 700 emails..." I started reading the book, and realized last night that I had to stop since it was 1 am.

Nate is 13, and tormented in school in his home town near Pittsburgh. His one best friend is Libby and she shares his love of musical theater. He embarks on a trip to New York City by himself to audition for E.T. the Musical. I think Federle gets the tone of middle school aged kids exactly right: Whip-smart funny, but also naive and unsure of themselves. I absolutely loved all of Nate's wide-eyed observations about being in New York City for the first time. He's amazed to find Appleby's right next to the bus station! And a cupcake shop on every street.

The author has appeared in several Broadway shows and was the associate choreographer on Billy Elliot on Broadway working with all the children in the show. So he knows the subject matter, and he knows theater kids.

This book is just excellent, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I'm hoping we get a sequel for further adventures of Nate!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Vanessa Handrick - Published on
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Love, love, love! What a perfect, new and fresh tale for young readers! Congratulations Tim Federle on keeping the love of reading alive in young people. An instant classic that will be on our bookshelves for generations. I have already purchased a copy for our local elementary school library. Maybe a children's musical soon? ;)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 6 Feb 2013
By KevinCahoon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
'Better Nate Than Ever' is fantastic! Hilarious , smart, and extremely touching. If you have a passion for ANYTHING, you will love this book. You will fall head over heels for its hero Nate (Harry Potter and Eloise, you have company) . Author Tim Federle has created an instant classic for all ages and this is his debut novel! Amazing. Get ready world. Buy this book and say that you discovered him when!
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