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Book Review: Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt

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Title: Theatrical (2018)
Author: Maggie Harcourt
Genres: Young Adult, Romance and Contemporary
Publisher: Usborne
Release Date: 28th June 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
Reviewed by: LoisScreen Shot 2017-12-05 at 15.30.59Synopsis:

Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret. 

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 15.30.59Review:

Theatrical tells the story of Hope, a 17-year-old theatre lover. She has just managed to land herself an internship in stage management at the Earl’s Theatre, but she has only told her best friend about it. Hope is going to be doing the stage management for the highly anticipated production of Piecekeepers, that is being directed by a top director and stars a Hollywood star. When an understudy catches Hope’s eye her internship is in jeopardy.

I loved this book! I know I say that quite often but that book is going to stick in my mind for a long time. It encapsulates all the feelings of Theatre in 400 pages. I feel like this book was made for all the theatre nerds out there. At first I thought how can a contemporary about theatre be 400 pages long when a lot contemporaries aren’t over 300 pages long. At the end of this book I didn’t want it to end, the 400 pages was not enough! I needed more of this story and this theatre production and the characters. I loved it so much that I stayed up till 3am to finish it.

This book has some of my favourite character ever in it. I loved Hope and how determined she was to do a good job in the theatre production. I also like how this book was focused around a character in stage management rather than a main character in the show. It showed how not everyone wants to be in the limelight, some people want to seem invisible to the audience but pull off something amazing. This made me love the book even more. Luke stole my heart! That is all I will say about him but I’m sure you will love him. My favourite character of all has to be George! I loved whenever he made an appearance in the story and wanted him to appear even more. I struggled not to fall in love with all the characters in this book. They all made me want to work in theatre as well! I also loved Hope’s family and her best friend Priya, I just wish they had more parts in the story.

I finished this book desperate to go to the theatre and watch any show I could. It showed me how much I love theatre and all the feelings it gives me. Maggie Harcourt has written such a beautiful, fun-filled, heart-warming story all about the love of theatre and all the aspects that have to work in order for a theatre production to go well.

Overall, I loved this book so much and will be recommending it to everyone. I plan on taking it with me to my next theatre trip just to take some nice pictures. It is the perfect book for all theatre nerds out there who are looking for some theatre whenever and wherever.

Thank you to Usborne, Maggie Harcourt and Stevie Hopwood for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I am actually a part of the Theatrical blog tour and this is the first post of two! Look out for my next post coming very soon about my theatre experiences!

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