Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle
The warmth and humour of the main character, Nate, makes this book a really great read.
Nate, has big aspirations, but is trapped in a small town. His best friend, Libby helps him plan an escape to Broadway where he hopes to make his dreams come true by winning a role in a musical version of ET. This story waltzes you along with the adorable Nate and surreptitiously feeds the back story of love, relationships, family, forgiveness and hope.
The reader can’t help smiling and laughing and completely relating to the main character, Nate, as he bravely negotiates New York City and the cut throat world of Broadway auditions, ably supported by Libby, Freckles and Heidi.
I’ll Give You The Sun
By Jandy Nelson
Noah and Jude are twins, like two halves living separate roles in the same life.
At the age of 13 their passion for art is travelling in different directions and the stage is set for misunderstandings, jealousies and guilt to carve a ravine between the twins and disrupt their relationships with family and self.
‘Every time Grandma S. read Jude’s and my palms, she’d tell us that we have enough jealousy in our lines to ruin our lives ten times over.’
This book is difficult to put down. Each chapter pulls the reader on, eager to understand the complexity of the characters and enjoy the language that evokes tears and laughter.
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