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My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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I got frustrated with Adam for letting everyone walk all over him, even though it was clear why he was withdrawing into himself. I think that, since this is a concept often used, and the way it's used here isn't really unique, I lost patience with it a little too soon. That's not to say Adam isn't an interesting character. He is. The reasoning in his head as he tries to figure out Derek was fantastic. I think that's exactly how a teenager thinks, and his reactions to the complexities of high school are wonderfully realistic.
The ending was a little over-the-top-tear-jerker for my taste, and the bow wrapping everything up was a bit too perfect. The story was still solid and enjoyable, but it didn't have that polished feel, where everything is connected from beginning to end. Again, I think I had such high expectations from his previous book that I didn't enjoy this as much as I could have. But I can see teens galore loving this story, boys and girls alike.
During a break, Adam sees one of the bit actresses, Summer, dancing in the hall and finds himself attracted to her. This violates one of the Montclair drama students' cardinal rules: Techies and actors don't mix. This sticky situation is made even worse by the fact that the actress who had been given the lead part leaves the play -- three days before opening -- and Summer ends up the replacement.
The play does go on, but there is a major problem shortly after the play starts. Read on and see who saves the play -- and who really loves Adam.
This book is a case where the summary, title and cover are far more interesting than what's inside. Basically, Adam, a high school sophomore, is dealing with his dad's death and new love while working on a school show. I found the narrator very dull and the story extremely slow-moving with far too much detail about how high school theater works and far too little detail given to the narrator's personality. This just feels like it's climbing on the whole Glee bandwagon. Boring.
Up on the catwalk with his precious lights, Adam can observe the world at work, without getting completely involved. Until he meets Grace, a techie who's fallen from grace (pun intended) since she dated actor-cum-student-production-designer Derek, and Summer, the actor who captures his heart. Suddenly, he's on the wrong side of Derek the Wannabe Director and his BFF. The actors think Adam's sabotaging the production but he knows it's Derek and his amazing ego that's blowing things up.
I can totally get behind Adam and his difficulties. He's so affable, so much an everyman that it's almost impossible not to root for him to get the girl, to defeat the bad guy (in this case, it's that arrogant arse, Derek, another great character), and save the entire production. In the beginning, Adam's such a doormat, just lying down and letting everyone, including his best friend, walk all over him. But once he starts to stand up for himself even just the littlest bit, I wanted to give him a standing ovation, just to encourage him.
MLtTaOT is a book you will not want to put down until you've absorbed every last drop of it. A fabulous read.
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After seeing Allen Zadoff at the Teen Author Carnival earlier this year, I decided I'd like to read something that Mr. Zadoff wrote. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies
Allen Zadoff remains a contemporary charmer with his second novel for young adults, MY LIFE, THE THEATER, AND OTHER TRAGEDIES. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by S. Su
This YA novel set amongst the actors and techies at a high school production of A Midsummer's Night's Dream in Montclair, NJ is very sweet and quite full of wonder. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Julia Walter
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Adam who is in high school. He also lost his father a few years ago and that has taken a big toll on him. He thinks about him constantly. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by princess bookie
Many Glee fans will likely see this book in the spotlight at various Gleerific sites and wonder if they'll like the book? Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Bitsy Bling Books
Adam Zeigler's father died about two years ago on the eve of his freshman year of high school setting a new course for his life. Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by K. Sullivan