Hi everyone! Today I’m here to share with you my 5* review of the wonderful Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt as part of the blog tour celebrating its release. Check out my review below and don’t forget to check out the other stops along the way!
Author: Maggie Harcourt
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publication Date: June 28th 2018
Format: Paperback (442 pages)
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.
My Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Theatrical is like a long, warm hug from a best friend. It was absolutely everything I needed and I was so content curled up with this beauty (I mean, LOOK at that cover!!).
Theatrical is Hope’s story. Hope is a theatre lover and her passion runs through her veins, that’s clear to see from the very beginning. She helps out behind the scenes at her local theatre but has just been given an internship as deputy stage manager on a top secret but very exciting new production – it even has a famous lead role! Hope can’t quite believe her luck but somehow manages to keep it all a big secret from those around her.
What I loved most about this book is how I felt instantly transported to the theatre. Maggie Harcourt’s writing is gorgeous: I could feel the props as Hope touched them, I could sense the buzz and excitement, the first night nerves. That special atmosphere of being back stage at a show, let alone being part of the audience viewing the show. For anyone who has ever helped out in theatre or been in a show, this book will be your everything! My experience is limited to leading the props team when we do our annual school musical but even I could relate to Hope’s excitement. I can’t imagine how some of my friends have felt reading this!
I immediately loved Hope from the very first few pages. I knew straight away she would be a character I adored and my love for her just grew and grew as I eagerly flicked through the pages. I loved her vulnerability and lack of confidence at the beginning just as much as I loved the person she grows into as the production gets nearer to opening night. She has some absolutely cracking moments that had me chuckling aloud but also some moments where I wanted to wrap her in cotton wool and protect her forever.
As far as the other characters go there were plenty to love! George is definitely up there in the second best character spot for me. I loved how sassy he is and thought his personality really balanced well with Hope’s. It goes without saying that Luke is just an absolute babe. He is so adorable and I loved peeling back his layers. Tommy is a whole other kettle of fish and I spent a good portion of the book disliking him but he did redeem himself slightly towards the end.
Hope’s story of finding herself is possibly my absolute favourite thing about this book though. Hope’s mother is a famous costume designer who now works on designing dresses for the big celebrities. Hope’s mum is so famous in the theatre world that should Hope wish to name drop she could literally get any internship or theatre job there is, just because of her name. Hope doesn’t want that though. She doesn’t want the pressure of people knowing who her mother is. She adores theatre and wants to dedicate her life to theatre but she wants to do it on her own merit. I cried my eyes out at a certain part in this book where Hope and her mum have an emotional conversation. It got me right in the feels.
Theatrical is a gorgeous novel of friendship, romance and family all in the beautiful setting of the theatre. A story that will capture the hearts of many.
A huge thanks to Stevie from Usborne for my early copy in exchange of a fair and honest review and for inviting me to be on this blog tour.
My Favourite Theatre Experience!
Going to the theatre is something that I really enjoy but definitely need to do more of! I’ve seen some great shows over the past few years including Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King and even saw The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in New York! But my favourite theatre memory of recent times was seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with my brother. There’s a whole post about it here and I’m definitely still keeping the secrets but I walked away from both parts of this show absolutely blown away. I still have NO idea how they did half of what we saw during the play – props to their special effects team! It’s definitely a theatre experience I will never forget and hope to do again one day!
Have you read Theatrical? Will you be adding it to your TBR?
What has been your favourite show/play to see in the theatre?