My Life: The Musical

My Life: The Musical

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by Maryrose Wood
     
 

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To best friends and devoted theater fans Emily and Philip, Aurora is no ordinary Broadway musical. Their love for the hit show (whose reclusive author has never been named) is nothing short of an obsession. Thanks to a secret loan from Emily’s grandma Rose, seeing the Saturday matinee has become a weekly ritual that makes real life seem dull and drab by

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To best friends and devoted theater fans Emily and Philip, Aurora is no ordinary Broadway musical. Their love for the hit show (whose reclusive author has never been named) is nothing short of an obsession. Thanks to a secret loan from Emily’s grandma Rose, seeing the Saturday matinee has become a weekly ritual that makes real life seem dull and drab by comparison.
But when the theater chat rooms start buzzing with crazy rumors that Aurora might close, Emily and Philip find themselves grappling with some truly show-stopping questions. What, exactly, is the “one sure thing” in show business? How will they pay back the money they owe Grandma Rose? And why hasn’t Philip asked Emily out on a real date? As they go to hilarious lengths to indulge their passion for Aurora, Emily and Philip must face the fact that all shows close sooner or later. But first they’ll put their friendship to the ultimate test, solve Broadway’s biggest mystery–and spend one unforgettable night at the theater.


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Best friends Emily and Phil from Long Island looooooove the theatre and spend every cent they have on seeing Broadway shows, particularly Aurora, a "triple threat" of an imaginary musical that inspires the kind of historic mania that only musicals like Rent and Spring Awakening have been able to muster. When Aurora's time on the Great White Way is threatened, Emily, Phil and a troupe of other devotees set their minds to save it from closing. A theatre junkie herself, Wood packs a truckload of backstage gossip and background information about Broadway and the theatre world to quench the thirsts of any junior musical buff who dreams of living in New York City. Unfortunately, like many Broadway musicals, this backdrop is stronger and much more interesting than either the casting or the plot. Many readers will be struggling to understand the concept of the imaginary Aurora, especially when they're most likely focusing on the real world of Broadway. Curious subplots do surface, however, such as the questioning of Phil's sexuality and a mysterious anti-Aurora lurker in a chatroom. Wood's jangling, crescendo-building prose captures all the harmony of a hit Broadway number, and the momentum of her style may help readers glide over the cheesier bits of the libretto (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375846403
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
511 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Maryrose Wood is the author of Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love. She lives in New York City.


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My Life: The Musical 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Emily and Phillip's relationship began because of one play: Aurora. Emily was at the theatre enjoying tickets she had received for her Bat Mitzvah, while Phillip was there alone to escape the family he felt he could no longer turn to. From then on, the two became inseparable, the best of friends. The thing that continued to tie them together and give them joy in their lives was still the play that brought them together. However, rumors are starting to go around, first from their friend, Ian, and then from others, that the show might be closing. How could this be? Aurora was something that they saw every Saturday. It was a huge part of their life. How could it be closing? And if it was true, then they wanted to see every single show until the end! The only thing is: they need the money and a lot more then what they had been borrowing from Emily's grandmother. But Grandma Rose has her own secrets and needs the money for herself, as well. What are two theatre nuts to do? This was a great story for anyone interested in young adult literature, but most especially for any fan of the theatre! The book started off a bit slow for me, but it soon became quite appealing! Phillip and Emily's love for the play comes across exceptionally well and made me think about my own favorite play, Rent, coming off of Broadway. One thing I really loved about the book is that each chapter is named after a song from various musicals - and it always somehow ties into the chapter! If you're looking for a book that combines the theatre, friendship, and the passion of being a fan, then this is the book for you!