Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2014
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"With wit and panache, "Five, Six, Seven, Nate! "shows us that though we may face huge obstacles, we can and should still dare to dream big. These books, like their protagonist, have a heart as big, bright, and bold as Broadway."--Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs
The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended. --Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the musical, Hamilton" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels "Better Nate Than Ever "and its sequel "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" (Lambda Literary Award winner), which were named best books of the year by the "New York Times" and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and called one of the best new middle grade series by "School Library Journal". "The Great American Whatever "was inspired by an accident near Tim s high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever. It is his first novel for young adults. Connect with the author on Instagram and Twitter at @TimFederle, and at TimFederle.com. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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A definite must for all kids (and for us slightly bigger kids of 40!) with an interest in musical theatre.
I just hope Tim Federle is making this a trilogy as I am already longing for Nate’s story to continue!
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I’m SO in love with Federle’s pitch-perfect middle-grade voice and this achingly real, endlessly amusing world he has created. Everything I loved about Better Nate Than Ever (the laugh-out-loud humor, poignant honesty, superb characters, etc) is seamlessly carried over into this sequel. In Five, Six, Seven, Nate, we the readers and Nate are plopped into unfamiliar, yet exciting territory: the world of Broadway musical rehearsals. This is a fast-past, whirlwind kind of world and Federle brings his immense first hand experience to the story, creating a wonderfully authentic setting. Like Nate, I was dazzled and mesmerized by this larger than life world, but also intrigued by the many unexpected facets of it. This musical world isn’t all shining lights, shimmering costumes, and lovely voices though, and Federle holds nothing back when exploring the heavily competitive, sometimes deceptive side of this world.
Tim Federle so deftly and awesomely creates and explores this world, that it is impossible to walk away from Nate’s story NOT loving this magical musical world as much as him! But, what I love most about this sequel, and its predecessor, is, that at their core, they are about one special young boy’s coming of age and journey to find out just who he is. The refreshing honesty with which Federle writes, his perfectly delivered sharp wit, and his refusal to shy away from the complex, hard topics (extreme bullying, sexuality, alcoholism, etc), are what make his books stand out among other modern middle-grade books. And, of course, his fantabulous, unforgettable characters help too!
I’m not sure I can fully stress how much I loveadoreamcrazyabout Nate and his BFF, Libby! These characters are so well-written and given such fantastic real layers and just feel so genuine. They no longer feel like book characters, but like long lost friends and kindred spirits. Awkwardly charming, always endearing, and truly unique Nate is such a relatable young character, but also one that is worthy of looking up to. His courage, compassion, and refusal to be untrue to himself are admirable, while his unexpected humorous observations, honest perspective, and contagious excitement at the world, make him amusing and utterly impossible to love. And my girl, Libby?! Oh I love and want to be this spectacular girl! You couldn’t ask for a funnier, stronger, truer friend than this lovely girl. Nate and Libby’s friendship is one of the best written and most genuine and entertaining that I’ve come across in a long time. I really enjoyed the way this friendship organically grew and evolved in Five, Six, Seven, Nate.
There’s so much about the end of this book that gave me the warmest of warm fuzzies and put the biggest smile on my face for hours!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I loved Better Nate Than Ever SO much that I was worried the sequel wouldn’t be able to live up to it, but it SO does! With its excellent characters, marvelous storytelling, and big heart, Five, Six, Seven, Nate is simply superb and deserves many standing ovations!
Nate is not only an understudy for the part of E.T. (actually, he’s the second understudy for that role – a fact he finds out later), he’s also given a speaking part. A very tiny speaking part. He gets to say one line, consisting of one word, “Blurb.” But, anyone who knows anything about theater has heard the saying, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” So in his own words, Nate is going to “act the heck out of” that one line.
During the rehearsals and the preparations for the big show, things don’t go smoothly. They never do, do they? Nate gets a taste of what it’s really like to be an actor on Broadway. Although he has never been to acting school or ever performed in a play other than in community theater, he has to deal with seasoned child stars who have mile-long acting resumes and a director who can’t even remember his name. Also, his natural clumsiness sometimes causes havoc and chaos during rehearsals, but he inadvertently adds life to the finished show because of these mishaps.
Author Tim Federle fills the pages with humor and insight, giving us a sneak peak at life behind the show curtain. He also paints a very realistic picture of a middle grade boy who is discovering things about himself he never really knew. In the process, Federle makes us feel Nate’s pain but revel in his triumphs.
I had a couple of issues with the story, though. For instance, when one of the actors spills a cup of scalding hot coffee on himself, why doesn’t he yell that it’s hot? The only thing he’s concerned about is that it ruins his shirt. Scalding hot coffee should burn too, shouldn’t it? Also, after Nate’s big performance, instead of people saying nice things about him, why are they still putting negative things on Facebook? And, if I hadn’t read the first book, I would have been lost as to what was really happening in this book. I don’t think the author did a very good job of including back story for the reader.
If you read and enjoyed the first book, which I did, I would recommend you read this one. But, if you are jumping into the series with this sequel, I would recommend you read the first book so you get a better understanding of who Nate really is and how he ended up where he is.
Nate Foster is funny and quirky and genuine. You get to live his excitement of his first Broadway show. It is exciting and dejecting all at one. He truly embodies the idea of there are no small parts. Just being in a Broadway show is a huge feat! He takes the time to appreciate all the small victories along the way.
The supporting cast only gets better with this book. Such kooky Broadway types. I love the whole backstage feel of the book. From an inside POV, it is dead on! Jordan's mom could head the Mommy Mafia on Broadway. And poor Jordan, while he has such talent, you have to wonder does he even want to do this?
The story has some utterly brilliant themes, behind all that Broadway glitter. You have Nate who is deciding who he is, and accepting his own sexuality. The struggle he has fitting into his middle America kind of family. Bullying in many forms, some more subtle than others. In the end the good guy prevails and a glimmer of hope shines through!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author Tim Federle, who is fabulous! Usually it is a bad idea to have the author narrate, they rarely succeed as actors. That is not the case here, Tim is so talented and in-tune with his material. He brings Nate to life in a way that you can not help but love. Great pace and voices. Brimming with enthusiasm!
I love this book and the positive messages it conveys. It is tough being a kid without putting all the extra labels on top. I can only hope to find more of this authors fabulous work!!!