Monday, February 25, 2013

Better Nate Than Ever: By Tim Federle



Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.


I know this may sound like a bit of an over exaggeration, but I think Better Nate Than Ever may be one of my favorite books I’ve read.

Just like the protagonist, Nate, this book just oozes a sort of charm and hilarious innocence that is impossible not to love. Readers of all ages (I’m 24 and loved it) will find something that they can relate to in this hilarious tale of innocence, dreams, and family.

There’s just something about Nate that readers of all ages and sexes will love. He’s innocent, funny, kind but not perfect, and through his eyes you’ll see New York, not as dirty expensive place people sometimes grumble about, but as the most magical place on earth. Nate is awed at the simplest things, from an enormous Applebee’s, to $1 pizza being sold on the street, to the Duane Reeds and Cupcake shops on every corner. He’ll simultaneously make you crack up with the knowledge of what’s actually going on around him, and make you feel appreciative and lucky for the things you do have.

Of course, the author, Tim Federle, takes it one step further. He makes this into a book about love and lost, family and forgiveness, and about discovering the best version of yourself. But he does all of this without feeling corny or hokey. The story just flows, sweeping readers along, until they can’t think of anything else except if Nate will get caught by his parents, or make it to the next level of the audition. I don’t know exactly how Federle does it, but he makes all of these lessons, all the hilarity, all of the heart fit into one 288 page book, that readers wont be able to put down.

I know this all might sound like a bit much, but I’m being honest when I say this book was amazing. I fully plan to follow whatever Federle writes next, because if it has even half the heart that Better Nate Than Ever has, it’ll be one heck of a book. Perfect for all ages.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Published: February 5, 2013

Price: $16.99

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