Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek

Presenting The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky.

Here is the summary of the book:

Broadway, New York. The shows, the neon lights . . . the cute chorus boys! It's where Justin has always wanted to be--and now, with a winter internship for a famous actor, he finally has his chance to shine. If only he could ditch his kind, virtuous, upright, and--dare he say it?—uptightboyfriend, Spencer. But once the internship begins, Justin has more to worry about than a cramped single-guy-in-the-city style. Instead of having his moment in the spotlight, he's a not-so-glorified errand boy. Plus, Spencer is hanging out with a celebra-hottie, Justin's best friend Becky isn't speaking to him, and his famous actor boss seems headed for flopdom. Justin's tap-dancing as fast as he can, but all his wit and sass might not be enough to switch his time in New York from nightmare-terrible to dream-come-true terrific.

Seth Rudetsky's second YA novel is endearingly human, laugh-out-loud funny, and for any kid who's ever aspired to Broadway but can only sneak in through the stage door.

Went in with much expectations but came out dry. Disappointed really. It is a rather accepted fact that anything with Geek in the cover is automatically supposed to be fun (not sure about others but its been true in my case). Here dripping with the Theater panorama and the sarcastic one-liners you expect but after reading it ...... Well I don't need to repeat it again. Somehow I was hoping that i'd have as much fun reading this book as I do reading Holly Smale's Geek Girl, maybe such high expectations colored my opinion a bit but it wasn't meant to be.

Justin is our jealously selfish with a one track mind protagonist. Really he is so annoying that his quips don't even have us laughing at all. I can't really pin-point what had me cringing throughout this book but most of what makes us appreciate such selfish characters is the apparent character development we are sure to get at the end. But then Justin just rains on that parade. He breaks off from his boyfriend, claims to find someone new, ends us finding a boy too much like himself just so he could make his ex jealous. He lies his way to get what wants not caring who gets hurt in the process and almost never apologies first.

There is no apparent development to his character in the end, just that he helps one actor gets his stuff together. And after that harrowing ordeal he faced in New York , his ex takes him and goes and proclaims to Justin to never change. Really aren't relationships about compromises. T this point the story just dragged on and on. Author Seth Rudetsky tries hard to make his characters work but really it doesn't seem to hold at all and i'm not trying to be rude but this annoyed me very much.

"Tries hard to be fun but end up a disappointment"

Genre :     Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Humor

Publisher: Random House Books 

Release Date: 23rd June, 2015

My Copy: publisher & netgalley

Rate:             2/5 (It was Ok)

Buy:         Amazon | Book Depository 


  1. I would date him. Justin sounds horrible . thanks for the review



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