The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek
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About the Author
SETH RUDETSKY is the Broadway host, seven days a week, on Sirius Satellite Radio. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including "Ragtime, Les Miz, " and "Phantom." He was the artistic producer and music director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts, including "Dreamgirls "with Audra MacDonald and "Hair" with Jennifer Hudson. In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut in "The Ritz "and has also appeared on TV in "Law & Order, Criminal Intent." As an author, he penned the books The Q Guide to Broadway, now in its third printing, and the recently published "Broadway Nights, " which was just released as an audio book on audible.com and featuring the voices of Andrea Martin, Jonathan Groff, and Kristin Chenoweth. He currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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While the novel is technically YA, I thought that the observational humor, and the voice of Justin didn't always feel authentically young adult - but that didn't really bother me, since I enjoyed the character and his thoughts so much. He's a little crazy sometimes, but in a fun way - and I really enjoyed his sometimes neurotic tendencies. The drama made for a lot of teen angst and overreactions, but sometimes it's wonderful to just get carried away by a fictional character's little problems. And of course, see how it gets resolved in the end!
If you are interested in Broadway, teen angst and hijinks - all presented with wry comments and hilarious observations, then I think you will enjoy this book!
(I received this book from the publisher or author for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated for this review.)
Rudetsky has created wonderfully engaging characters that are too easy to love. The story has a bit of everything. Centered around precocious Justin (self-proclaimed as the best actor in his school), The Rise and Fall of A Theater Geek is hilarious, mysterious and inspiring. Imagine a 16 year old attempting to take Broadway by storm, perhaps solving the mystery of a peculiar collection events and attempting to save the next big flop along the way? That's Justin... AND, how could he not learn about love and friendship in the process?
I highly recommend this book for all the theater geeks out there-- those looking ahead towards big Broadway dreams or those looking back at what might have been. Rudetsky's book is just plain fun.
This is actually the second book featuring Justin-- My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan was first. I personally read 'Geek' first followed by 'Awesome/Awful' (which takes place earlier) and I actually didn't think the reading order mattered. What does matter is that both books feature positive LGBT story lines of coming of age.