2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Tina has read 8 books toward her goal of 37 books.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

REVIEW for My Life, the Theater and Other Tragedies

Thank you to Jennifer at Goodman Media International Inc for sending me this book.

TITLE:                   My Life, the Theater and Other Tragedies

AUTHOR:              Allen Zadoff

GENRE:                 YA

RATING:               4 Stars

I read this author's previous title and I was looking forward to this one! Fortunately, I was not disappointed in the least.

What I love most abou Zadoff's books is that no matter what the storyline is, there is always a subtext behind it - a voice of sarcasm that makes the story I am reading all that much more enjoyable.  Its almost as though the author does not take himself quite as seriously as other authors do - and I love, loved this about his books.

Having said that, I instantly connected with Adam, the main character in the storyline.  This may be partly because I also lost my dad when I was very young and still remember how painful it all was and how, for the life of me, I could never quite get rid of the pain and had absolutely no idea what to do with it or how to deal with it.

Adam chooses to channel his energy by working "behind the scenes" in the theater - which, when you think about it is quite logical - especially when factoring the fact that he feels invisible. 

However, all of this changes when he meets "the girl".  While this my sound a tad cliche, it really isn't.  The author writes with honesty and compassion (and yes, just a tiny little bit with sarcasm) as he tries to help his main character figure out just how to get out of the pain and not worry about silly things like zits.

Very well written, touching and funny at times, I loved it.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

Oh, I love it when an author doesn't take themselves too seriously!

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