Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2013
Audience: All Teens
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he'd settle for *seeing* a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There's an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.
I listened to this as an audio book. I used to say I wasn’t an audio book fan, but I just didn’t know which audio books appealed to me. Answer: re-reads, children’s chapter, some teen, and almost all comedy books. I think my problem with other types of books is that I can’t just sit there and listen, so I listen while I am doing other things, like driving or walking. Naturally, sometimes I think more about what I’m doing than what I’m listening to - it’s necessary! I hadn’t read this book before and I managed to finish it and follow the entire storyline.
I loved it. It was hilarious and adventurous. I so wanted to see Nate win, even though in real life, he would have been busted right away. If he wasn’t found out, he definitely would not have made it past the first round of auditions. This story will make kids believe that dreams can come true. Drama kids especially will appreciate this story. I’m looking forward to LISTENING to the sequel!