The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.
Quin has been told of the tragic story that took place inside Avery Theater for as long as she can remember. The tragedy between Emma and Nick which was believed to be a story liking to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Two star crossed lovers that died on that fated evening of 1947.
Now on her senior year, Quin and her Advanced Drama classmates are on a task to perform Nick and Emma’s unfinished play, “Anything Goes” to regain the Avery’s former glory. Having Dylan as the musical director and Cass, the lead.
As everything goes into motion, Quin realizes that the magic of the Avery has been restoring itself aiming for Dylan and Cass’ love story. Will Quin be in time to save her friends and the Avery itself?
- The focus of the story is not just on the main character but on another subjects. One of the things I like about this novel is the way the characters are plotted. Quin, as the narrator and the main character, is not necessarily the center of the story. It is about the story between Emma and Nick then Dylan and Cass.
- The story is creatively written. It’s as if the magic is radiating from the novel itself.
- Magical Realism. I for one is a fan of this genre. It is the type of storytelling that requires the author a very imaginative mind that will capture what it means to have magic in your hands. This novel grasped that. And really, magic is seeping through the pages of this book!
- I find some parts of the book shallow and a little bit rushed. For example, the part where Emma and Nick died. It has so much potential given how much the elements outside of these two main characters acted upon their death. The prologue captivated me with all of the things going on but when the time came where their deaths are narrated, I didn’t expect it to be slightly disappointing on my part.
Holly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri.