Sunday, January 22, 2017

{Book Review} "Intermission" by Serena Chase

Rating: 4/5

You know those books that you begin reading and just cannot put down? This was one of those books for me. I read it in a day. The story is that good. It's not a particularly excellent piece of writing, but the characters are so easy to connect with that you'll immediately find yourself pulling for them.

Faith Prescott aspires to major in Musical Theater after she finishes the next two years of high school. With parents that disapprove of her aspirations, Faith receives no support at home, and faces a lot of hostility from her parents because she's "artsy" and not driven to be a doctor or a lawyer, like her brother and sister. Being the youngest child, Faith faces all of her parents' unkind comments alone because her siblings are away at college. She doesn't have anyone supporting her.

Until she meets Noah Spencer. Three years older than Faith, Noah is attending community college while he saves up to attend a theater school in London. Immediately, Faith and Noah connect over their love for musical theater. But when Faith's parents express their disapproval over their friendship, the two of them are left struggling to handle the pressure. They want to honor God and Faith's parents, but that leaves in a bind. Will they be able to obey and still be friends? When Faith's mom begins making absurd accusations about their relationship, everything crumbles. 

Will Faith ever make it to Broadway? Will she ever see Noah again after her mom throws him out of their house? These questions drive the plot of Intermission. In a story line reminiscent of The Notebook, Noah and Faith face parental conflict, long distance and many other factors that try to keep them apart. How will they hold on to each other through it all?

Intermission is an emotional coming of age story. It includes sensitive scenes involving emotional and verbal abuse, so it is a young adult novel that is definitely better for older teens than younger. There are Biblical themes that drive the choices the characters make, so it provides readers with a good example to follow in some cases. The characters' emotions are portrayed in a very real way, and the struggles they face are very real. The theme of musical theater bringing the characters together adds a fun aspect to the story. Overall, Intermission is a wonderful story that will draw you in from the very beginning. You won't want to stop reading until you find out how it ends. 

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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