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The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (23 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449816699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449816691
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,208,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 and featuring the voices of Andrea Martin, Jonathan Groff, and Kristin Chenoweth. He currently writes a weekly column on" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and theatrical! 24 Jun. 2015
By Charlene - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is such a fun read! Justin is a flawed but passionate teenager, who learns so much about himself in this book, while also getting a fantastic behind the scenes experience of Broadway and theater. Although the story doesn't quite get into that aspect right away. There's plenty of drama and humorous characterizations to set up the main conflict in the story, which revolves around Justin's love life, and some mistakes he makes trying to get the internship of his dreams. And there's a bit of mystery in this story that was unexpected, but helped to keep me really involved in the story. I just had to find out what a certain character was hiding!

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.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only....! Great Read at Any Age 27 Jun. 2015
By Jeff Linamen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tina Fey's quote on the cover says it all. If only there were great books like this when I was growing up! Aimed at teens/ young adults... 'Theater Geek' is really a great read for theatre lovers of all ages. I was lucky to get and advanced reading copy and devoured it in a day.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's Just a Broadway Baby... 26 July 2015
By Joe Newman-Getzler - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek is a very entertaining YA book, whether you're a theater geek or just someone who wants to leave their mark somewhere. Our hero, Justin, wants to make an impression on Broadway while interning for superstar Chase Hudson, and nobody's holding him back. He can be a little bitchy sometimes, which might alienate first-time readers, but he means well and is often very funny and well-meaning. The book itself is also a bit predictable, but I'm willing to forgive that - it still gets really nerve-wracking towards the end, even when you know what's happening. The supporting characters are also really well-written for. It's a great read and I highly recommend it (especially if you're a fan of Tim Federle's Nate books). Good stuff, Mr. Rudetsky!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 20 July 2015
By stephanie white - Published on
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What a wonderful book. Although written for young adults, it's also sophisticated and an amusingly great read for adults. The twists and turns of the story keep you guessing, the stories never giving away what was truly going to happen at the end. Just when you'd get a glimpse of something you thought was the answer to the mystery, a twist would happen and you would be off on a different direction! Terrific inside tidbits about life behind the Broadway curtain as well. It is great writing, full of amusing asides ( cleverly done with internal voices) it is definitely worth a read for adults and young adults as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Fun to Leave to the YA's 13 Sept. 2015
By sdr19899 - Published on
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This book is a sweet and funny romp through the machinations of a Broadway show as seen through the eyes of a 15 year old theater "geek" who is coping with a few machinations of his own, romantic and otherwise. It's not heavy or deep or likely to help you re-direct your life or lose that last ten pounds, but if you're looking for something light, quick, and entertaining I can't recommend it highly enough.
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