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.
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.
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