Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Intermission by Serena Chase | Re:View

A sweet tale of musical romance and growing up. 

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When I got my hands on this lovely book I was so excited! I've long since been a fan of Serena Chase and knew it was going to be good--if not different from the other books she's written. I was totally right!

This engaging story of teenage love and the struggles that come along with that was so sweet. I really liked Faith and Noah and could really believe in their story. I also loved the musical references and the passion that these two had for theater. I too was once a part of theater productions and I love music so these elements were not lost on me.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this story is the "realness factor" (as I shall hereby deem it). For the most part (see my next point), I felt like the struggles put forth in the book were real. I would say Intermission falls squarely in the Christian category, but not in the way overly preachy books sometimes tend to lean (at least in my opinion). Serena has put Faith in a very real high school setting with all that comes along with that and she shows us the way that Faith copes with all forms of pressures as well as the good and bad parts of being a girl in high school. Her personal journey is beautiful to watch.

The only thing that I didn't really connect with was the Faith's mother. I won't give anything away here, but the way in which she acts seems implausible. I understand she's supposed to be a tough character and I totally get that, but it just seemed like a little too much from my perspective. I also didn't like the resolution with regards to this...but, on that point, I can concede that things don't always work out exactly like we want them to. 😉

I definitely recommend this to those of you who like YA Contemporary. It'll make the perfect Spring/Summer read and will leave you with a big smile on your face!

My rating: 4*
Purchase: Intermission

Book Description
(from Amazon)

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

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I received this book for free from the author but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.