Published by Usborne Publishing Limited on June 28th 2018
Genres: Clean & Wholesome, General, Love & Romance, Performing Arts, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Theater & Musicals, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret.
Gorgeously fresh, funny and commercial YA romance from the author of Unconventional, and The Last Summer of Us.
I absolutely loved Maggie’s book Unconventional so when I saw she had a new book out I had to grab it! I say this a lot, but I don’t know why I waited so long to read it!
This book is a love letter to all those who work in theater – both on and backstage. I was never really a theater person but have recently for reasons (Hamilton) become more and more interested in it and seeing the performances. I never really thought about all the things that go into getting a show ready for opening night and all those people behind the scenes that we don’t see, and this book really opens your eyes to it.
This story focuses on Hope. She’s loved theater her whole life, but her mom is an award winning costume designer and for each job she gets she wonders if she’s only there because people know her mom. In order to see if she has what it takes to earn a job and do it well, she goes on an interview to work as an intern for a huge production with one of her idols… and she gets the job. She decides not to tell anyone, not even her family what she’s doing to make sure she has what it takes and make sure no one interferes.
I loved the characters in this story so much – yes absolutely Hope, but I also really loved getting to know the rest of the cast too! So much teamwork is needed to put a production in place, and you can see that with every interaction Harcourt writes.
There is plenty of swoon in this story, and a bit of a cross-over from her book Unconventional, which you must also read, and her best friend Priya and her new friend George are just so wonderful I couldn’t get enough of them!
There is something for everyone in this story of finding your way in the world… romance, family, friendship and of course lots and lots of theater! If that’s your thing, I can’t recommend this one more!