Wood, Maryrose. My life; the musical.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

WOOD, Maryrose. My life; the musical. Random House, Delacorte. 240p. c2008. 978-0-385-73278-9. $15.99. JS *

At first this book seems preposterous. Two 16-year-old best friends, Emily and Philip, spend everything they have and everything Emily's grandmother has on Saturday matinee tickets to a Broadway show, Aurora. They do this week after week for more than a year. They learn to get the cheaper seats, but still they must take the train in to Broadway every Saturday, then stand in line, sometimes for hours, waiting for discount tickets. They love the music, they love the story, they love the performers and the performance. At first, such dedication to a Broadway show seems excessive, then memories of the extreme adoration of James Dean in the 1960s--after his death--by teen girls everywhere surface, and one remembers that teens tend to define excessive. Adults can be obsessive, too: witness Star Trek and Barbie Doll conventions. William Shatner famously told Star Trek fans to "Get a life!" on Saturday Night Live, failing to understand that to some Trekkies, Star Trek is their life. And so it is...

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