Feb 2, 2014

Review: Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
January 21st, 2014 from Simon & Schuster

Nate Foster's Broadway dreams are finally coming true. Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical . It's everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: full of intimidating child start, cutthroat understudies, and a director who can't even remember Nate's name.

Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit's foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle.

You know what this world needs? Instant, microwavable cupcakes and more books just like this one! Books that are smart, funny, clever, and full of literal laugh out loud moments. More books about boys who just happen to be a little on the short side with ordinary non-Bieber hair who think other boys are cuter than girls. Specifically, more books with gay characters that don't make homosexuality "a thing" or a theme or anything. Don't get me wrong, we need those books too, but we also need stories that approach homosexuality subtlety. No mention about Nate's sexuality in the premise or even in the first chapter. Just not necessary. Nate is a one-of-a-kind Broadway nut and personality that is larger than life. I would honestly hang out with this kid if he were real (I think he is real, but just a little older....uh-hem, Mr. Federle).

Besides Nate being an absolute doll that I want to carry in my pocket, I also love his best friend Libby. She is supportive and knows exactly what to say to Nate to make him feel like he can do and be anything - all this from another state. We all need a little bit of Libby in our lives. Nate meets some new friends when he starts rehearsals for E.T. and one relationship takes a sweet turn to the awe in the end.

Can't recommend enough! Be sure to start with Better Nate Than Ever so you can fall in love with Nate from the very beginning!

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