Friday, December 7, 2012

"A Part to Play" by Jennifer L. Fry Book Review

Be sure to check out the giveaway and more information about the book here.

A Part to PlayA Part to Play by Jennifer L. Fry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I began reading this book, I was quite intrigued because I could not help but think of "The Phantom of the Opera."  While it is certainly not the exact story, I think if you pick it up and read it, you will probably see what I mean.  I actually had hoped it would be more like that story, but after all, the story had a much bigger message to get across than comparisons with that story.

As I read this book, I couldn't help but become engrossed in the story.  After all, I love the theatre and music.  Put those together, and it is a winning combination.  I appreciated the fact the author dealt with how a family handled an unthinkable tragedy, and I was glad to see the resolution of the situation in the way it did.  I was able to connect with the characters with virtually no trouble.  The characters may have been somewhat stereotypical, but I did not see that as any real kind of problem.

I am grateful to say that there are no sex scenes in this book--that is always a relief.  I could have done without the superfluous profanity, especially since this book's targeted audience is upper high school.  I had considered whether I should mark the book down for this, but I chose not to.

Up until the last ten pages of the book, I had planned on giving this book a 4-star rating.  But I knew when I read the conclusion that this book deserved the 5 stars.  Why?  Without giving anything away, Jennifer Fry has created a very strong female character who truly embraces who she is as a woman and a person.  If you are looking for a book that is a typical young adult romance, you may wish to look elsewhere.  This book is much more realistic, and you may not like the ending.  I can honestly tell you that I was exuberant when I reached the end!  Lucy is smarter as a fifteen-year-old than I was at the age of 30!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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