|Kind of a big deal|
Author: Hale, Shannon
A broke and beaten down Broadway-hopeful finds herself nannying in Missoula, Montana. At the local bookstore, she falls into the plots of her books. Can she get back to the real world?
|Illustrator:||Richardson, Samantha S.|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 510700
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/20)
School Library Journal (08/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2020 Gr 8 Up—Josie has big Broadway dreams. Encouraged by her theater teacher, Josie drops out of high school and moves to New York…where she promptly gets knocked down a peg (or five). Deep in credit card debt and swiftly losing confidence, Josie takes a gig as a nanny. But when nannying turns into a full-time job and requires her to move to Montana, Josie has some real soul searching to do. Unusual townspeople, a weird pair of glasses, and some light reading help Josie escape from her obsessive introspection—literally. Josie finds herself transported inside the stories she reads, acting as the star of various tales, from zombie attacks to bodice rippers to a superhero graphic novel. The stories are populated by the people around her; even Josie's boyfriend and best friend from home appear in the fantasy spaces, helping Josie process their changing relationships and her fading dreams of stardom. But when fantasy threatens to take over Josie's reality, Josie must fight to take back control of her life. Even if a little uneven, in typical Hale style, Josie's story is full of heart, whimsy, and flawed yet lovable characters. VERDICT Hale's play with genre, as well as Josie's absurd internal journey, will appeal to fans of Libba Bray and Andrew Smith who enjoy a light and playful surrealist adventure.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.