In the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever, Nate Foster’s Broadway dreams are finally coming true.
Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical. It’s everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: Full of intimidating child stars, cut-throat understudies, and a director who can’t even remember Nate’s name.
Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit’s foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle.
The companion audiobook to Better Nate Than Ever, which The New York Times called “inspired and inspiring,” Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is full of secret admirers, surprise reunions, and twice the drama of middle school...with a lot more glitter.
©2014 Tim Federle (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
This is a great story of a boy who feels he doesn't fit in, and how he is able to find his true place. It is so enjoyable to go though Nate's experiences. His joys, his fears and his discoveries. It is a book many people can relate to about growing up and discovering one's self.
I would compare this to Wonder because both Auggie and Nate felt they didn't fit in with their school mates and peers. They were able to find their place and be celebrated for being their wonderful selves.
My favorite character is definitely Nate. He is so real. You are actually listening to Nate speak. The fact that the author is narrating makes you really hear Nate how is meant to be and it is so real. Hilarious at times, vulnerable at times, he makes you love him.
A story of losing and finding yourself in the Big Apple.
Tim Federle is a hilarious narrator. I couldn't get enough of listening to him.
Follow your dream!
This book is pretty unique, but I might compare it to My Side of the Mountain (if you turned it inside out). Both main characters are boys with very particular ideas about how to live a happy life, both are surprisingly independent, and both appreciate their successes. So what if one is in the actual wilderness while the other is in a concrete jungle?
I loved them all, but if you're going to make me choose (why, Audible, why?!?) I pick Libby, because Federle just delivers her with perfect sass.
You bet your freaking life. The last five chapters had me tied up in knots, because just about EVERYTHING happens to Nate. But not quite everything, which is better than everything.
This book and its predecessor are great middle grade/YA picks, driven by both plot and character in turns. Add to that Federle's talent as a narrator, and you have a very credit-worthy listening experience!
I wasn't familiar with Nate Foster when I bought this book. I was pleasantly surprised at how likable and and relatable Nate was. I enjoyed the story and the author's performance added to that, as well.
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