Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Crowder, Melanie

 Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 334 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 251486 ISBN: 9780525516743
 Ages: 12-18 Grades: 7-12

 Theater -- Fiction
 Singers -- Fiction
 Love -- Fiction
 Broadway (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
 New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction

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Seventeen-year-old Mazie Butterfield leaves her family and boyfriend behind in small-town Nebraska to find fame on 1950s Broadway, but when her big break comes it means going back to the Corn Belt and facing her past.

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2021 Nebraska-born Mazie dreams of being an actress on Broadway, far from the small-town life she’s had. When tragedy strikes, she has a sudden opportunity to head to New York City on her own and take a chance at her dream. Once there, she’s amazed by the city’s bustle and is soon overwhelmed by loneliness and the constant rejections of parts due to her “straight off the farm” appearance. Luckily, right before her money runs out, Mazie lands a role in a show traveling through the Midwest, and it’s during this run that she learns what’s important and begins coming into her own. Crowder’s latest is an inspirational story of bravery and confidence, following an easily charming heroine. Readers will be swept away to the 1950s and a post-war Broadway scene alongside Mazie as she leaves everything that she’s known, journeying to a new city to chase her acting dreams. Entertaining and heartfelt. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2021 Gr 7 Up—In 1959, white 17-year-old Mazie Butterfield is a farmer's daughter with dreams of Broadway. Growing up, Mazie let everyone know her future was in New York City. But when her chance to follow that dream suddenly appears, she is confronted with the loss of everything she took for granted: her family, her close-knit small town, and her loving boyfriend. Once in New York, Mazie gets her first taste of city life and show business, neither of which match her lofty expectations. With her savings quickly dwindling, she hops from audition to audition looking for her big break and finding loneliness, doubt, and insecurity instead. As the teen continues on her path, she discovers the world is larger than she ever knew and slowly finds her own place in it. Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a struggling young actress and the hard work that goes into putting on a live show. The plot may not be the most original, but Mazie's authenticity makes this novel stand out. Strip away the theater and you have a young girl trying to find her identity and determining how she wants the world to see her—a universal theme regardless of the century. VERDICT Recommended for all collections, especially where theater is popular.—Cathy DeCampli, Haddonfield P.L., NJ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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