Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Life, The Theater and Other Tragedies; Allen Zadoff

Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: EgmontUSA (May 10, 2011)


High school sophomore Adam Zeigler thought the best way to live life was behind the spotlight. When his father died two years ago, Adam retreated into the world of the theater, ultimately winning a coveted place on the theater crew and finding (what he thought) was his place in the world, high above the theater floor in the lighting grid.

But then a young actress, Summer, appeared in his view. Instantly smitten, Adam is determined to win her over. But to do so, he'll have to defy his best friend and break the golden rule of his school: techies and actors don't mix.

Set against the backdrop of a high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, MY LIFE, THE THEATER is a theater story, a love story, and a bromance in one. The complexities of life, death, and high school are revealed as Adam struggles to find the courage to step out of the shadows and into the light.

My Review

Adam aka Ziggy is trying to find his way through highschool, while finding himself.  Losing a loved one especially your own father can make things 10x more confusing. The plot wasn't as predictable as I thought it was going to be. It's interesting to see the sarcasm drip from Adam, some times it felt as a shield. Having a male protagonist with out any super powers or being supernatural was refreshing. It was just true emotion with out being  annoying and whining, which you get a lot with this type of book.

  All the characters were 3 dimensional. I hated Derek and I know that was the point but I didn't like him because it's as if he never got a clue. I can see a spin off from this book with Dereks character taking the lead. I still want to know what Derek's "mark" is. LOL I'm a grown woman and couldn't figure it out. WEIRD!!!

I can see this reach into the male audience with ease. It's real and left a comforting feeling that you are not alone. It touches on a lot of strong topics. Self growth and over coming your own adversities makes this a worth while read.  I do recommend this to all Teen Guys and Girls.

One last thing, I actually like the cover of the ARC better then the final cover. Ahh well.
Here's what is looked like...

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Jenny said...

Ooh I think I like the ARC cover better too only because of that marquis thing. The new one's nice too. Sounds like a good "real life" YA book.

~The Book Pixie said...

Glad to see you liked this as I really enjoyed it as well. And if I recall right, Derek's 'mark' was when he'd give a girl a hickey. Yeah I like the ARC cover too but do feel the new one fits the story better. I actually thought the second cover, the one with the different colored lights on the black background, fit it best of all though. Anyhoo, great review. :)


Jennifer A said...

What a well written review! :)

Oh, the ARC cover is so pretty! Maybe they were trying to make it less feminine, and that's why they chose to go with the cover they have now?

Jennifer of Little Shelf

Blodeuedd said...

So perhaps not for me :) But I liked your review

GMR said... see I was going to say I like the final cover better. Funny how little things like that appeal to some but not to all. Anywho...hadn't heard of this one before, but it sounds like it made an impression. May have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

Zibilee said...

This might perhaps be a book that my teenage son would like. It's really hard to find topical books that will interest him, and he runs the gamut in his tastes. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will definitely be looking for it.

Juju at Tales of said...

Great review and you are so right about the arc.

Lily Child said...

Wow, this one definitely sounds interesting! Great review! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great review, Liz. I've wondered about this one. :-)