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Waiting for Callback (Waiting for Callback 1) Paperback – 28 Jan 2016
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Perdita Cargill is a former barrister and her eighteen-year-old daughter Honor is currentlystudying at Oxford. Honor herself has dipped her toe into the world of acting, giving them some unforgettable experiences to draw on for the WAITING FOR CALLBACK series.
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Elektra wants to be an actor, even if that means dressing up as a spider, pretending to be a carrot for an audition!
When Elektra goes to auditions mum goes too, and as Elektra moves from her local acting class into the hands of a ‘legitimate’ agent it seems she is on her way. The ups and downs of auditions and competition for every part are described perfectly. All the characters are empathetic and quite memorable.
‘Waiting for Callback’ is extremely entertaining and written with great wit and aplomb. It is funny and touching and a very appealing, light hearted, escapist book for any age group although the age of the main character suggests it was intended for the Young-Adult audience.
I enjoyed every minute of it and would recommend it to anyone who has ever thought they might like to act, or anyone who just likes a gentle, fun story.
An eye-wateringly funny and tender feelgood treat!
Smart, much-loved only child Elektra loves acting, and yearns to break through as a young actor. So she throws herself into the rites of passage that every actor must go through in order to gain that ultimate dream-role. Soon, her time fills up with auditions, trying to get an agent, as well as putting time into her acting classes. On top of that, she has to juggle her studies and friendships at school. Elektra has a bumpy ride on her journey towards stardom: brief triumphs and toe-curling humiliations fire at her from all directions. The poor girl certainly goes through it! I was really rooting for her all the way through.
Waiting For Callback is a beautiful portrayal of teen hopes, friendships and angst. It’s also a beautiful portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship (which I found very touching). Elektra’s mother is permanently anxious about something-anything really! It really brings home to you what pressures young people face with all their actions under the scrutiny of social media, and with so many restrictions arising from parental anxiety.
This book really resonated with me as the mum of an aspiring teen actor, and also as a grown-up wannabe ballet dancer who never fulfilled her ambitions after being turned down by the Royal Ballet School. When I was a youngster, my favourite books were Ballet Shoes and Curtain Up by Noel Streatfield, so Waiting for Callback for me harks back to that, albeit in a very modern and hilariously funny way.
There are so many laugh out loud episodes that this a perfect book to cheer you up: a kind of hug-in-a-book. The budding romance between Elektra and Archie builds up very nicely through the story, and the ending left me very teary eyed! I can highly recommend it as a feel-good antidote to the stresses and strains of real life. Treat yourself!
Pippa Wilson @hellopipski
21st April 2016
This is a brilliant read for practically any age and I can't wait for the next installment of Elektra's adventures, Waiting For Callback: Take Two.
A well told tale that should appeal to young people of all ages. (Literary license permitting even the 'texting' to be lucid to those in their dotage). Hopefully Scraps will find the urn, with a few added biscuits, to be a doggy nirvana.
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