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Faith Prescott's story is one of young love, artist dreams, coming of age, and tests of faith. It's girl-meets-boy, it's the highs and lows of being sixteen, the rush of doing what you were made to do, the hurt of being rejected by a person who is by rights supposed to be your champion. For Faith, those last two are musical theatre and her mother, but the book is written with a deep emotion that transcends the story's specifics. Faith's first-person voice is full of poetry and passion, a reflection of her love for music and acting and life itself. Chase makes it easy to root for her and for her blossoming relationship with Noah, who shares her dreams of musical theatre and is an all-around honorable guy. Their foundation of friendship is probably my favorite part of the story.
As the author peels back the layers of dysfunction in Faith's family, the sunburst disappears for a while behind storm clouds of Faith's hurt, frustration, and helplessness. Which brings me to my other favorite element (predictably, I guess): what at first seems to be "only" a love story is much more than that. There's a bit of a tonal shift that might catch some readers off-guard as Faith loses the support of almost everyone in her life, but in this choice, the author finds a deeper substance to her story. And the sunshine will return: like real life, all the more beautiful for the shadows.
Looking forward to Chase's future books, no matter what genre she explores next.
I'm not gonna lie--this book was hard to read. It hurt. But it was worth it. The perseverance, love and sheer hope that it inspires you with is worth the tissues. Trust me.
The characters stole the show--sorry, couldn't help it--and they are what drove the story. Faith and Noah are so real--imperfect, lovable, and piecing themselves together. I could connect with Faith so much. She was the heart and soul of the entire book.
The plot was both heart-breaking and hopeful, revolving around the character's interactions with each other. You just knew things were not going to go well, and you just wanted to reach right into the pages and rescue those poor souls. But oh, it was worth it. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Not much world building in this one, but I was fine with that. This book is all about the characters.
Intermission deals with some really tough and painful issues--such as abuse, both emotional and physical. Serena Chase handled it all well. She didn't tactlessly and graphically plow through the issues, but neither did she tiptoe around them either. Because this is such a heavy, heavy book, I recommend it for 16 and up.
One nit-pick--I would have like to see Faith's spiritual life develop more. It was touched on, but I felt like it needed more importance.
Overall: this was an emotional tear-jerker, but it wasn't overpowered by despair. Intermission had notes of hope, love, and most of all perseverance. It's heavy, but worth it.
Rating: 5 stars
Recommended: 16 and up. Some mature themes and difficult topics.
Content guide (may contain minor spoilers):
Language 4/10 (obscene name calling related to accusations of sleeping around--not deserved)
Sexual Content 7/10 (kissing and embracing. Character is mentioned as being loose, and a wild parties. Condoms, STDs, and pregnancy tests all come up. Characters are accused of sexual activity. Character is forced to go to a women's clinic for testing for STDs and pregnancy testing--later described as indirect physical abuse.)
Violence 4/10 (emotional abuse, and indirect and direct physical abuse.)
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Faith's parents have never accepted the fact that Faith desires to study music. Faith feels that she can do no right in their eyes. Living in her two older siblings shadow Faith refuses to give up her dreams.
Playing Leisl and Rolf in a community production of The Sound of Music only brings Noah and Faith closer together. After the production they wish to date, but Faith's parents will have none of that. Especially Faith's mother. She won't even hear of meeting Noah. She does everything in her power to keep Faith and Noah apart. Will Noah and Faith be able to hold on or will they drift apart?
I absolutely loved this story! I love "young love" stories anyway, but add in all of the hurdles that Noah and Madeleine Faith had to face only added to the special-ness of this book. So many emotions were felt throughout the reading of this story. I felt like I was part of the story. Faith's heartache was so heart-wrenching and yet her ability to hold on was admirable and caused a big smile to come across this readers face. Faith's mom is totally over the top crazy! I found myself wanting to jump into the story and defend Faith! I wanted to go rescue Faith. So many things kept me turning the pages and totally engrossed in what was happening between Faith and Noah. This is the perfect YA novel that features young love, family angst, faith and triumph. At the risk of gushing, I will just say once more, I absolutely loved this story and highly recommend it.