Title: My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies
Author: Allen Zadoff
Release Date: May 11, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Synopsis ( via Goodreads )
High school sophomore Adam Zeigler, who lost his father to a sudden accident two years ago, thinks the best way to live life is behind the spotlight. As a member of the theater crew, he believes he's achieved it all when he wins the coveted job of spotlight operator. But that was before a young actress, Summer, appeared in his view. Instantly smitten, Adam is determined to win her over. But to do so, he'll have to defy his best friend and break the golden rule of his school: techies and actors don't mix.
Set against the backdrop of a high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Zadoff's latest is a bromance, a love story, and theater story in one. The politics of love and high school collide as Adam struggles to find the courage to step out of the shadows and into the light.
This book was a really fast paced read. I never once wanted to put this book down because it was dragging. Most books start off like that and about 30 pages in you want to put it down because it’s dragging so much! In the beginning, most of it was just Adam, Adam, and more Adam. But it wasn’t boring. But then when Summer was introduced in to the story, things started to pick up EVEN MORE. It doesn’t go so fast that you can’t keep track of it which is also a very nice thing here. Adam is a character that I can sort of relate to. He’s just kind of there and is ignored and shy. Kind of like me. Afraid to step up and take charge sometimes but he makes a very interesting character! Summer is a really interesting character too. She doesn’t think she’s good enough to be an actress so she finds some help form Adam or “Ziggy,” as she calls him. She’s a funny girl and I thought she came across as sometimes sarcastic and REALLY funny! I really hope this isn’t supposed to be a stand – alone novel because it was fantastic and I don’t want it to end where it did! I think if Summer had come into the book earlier then we would have been able to see a little bit more of the relationship between Summer and Adam. Overall, I would definitely recommend reading this novel but be prepared for a bit of a cliff hanger!
I have the old cover so I can't judge to well but I do like the new cover alot more. The old one really had nothing to do with the book. The lights on the new cover are a good representation of Adam's love for the light and how he doesn't like the dark.