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  • Title: My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies
  • Author: Allen Zadoff
  • ISBN: 9781606840368
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • High school sopho Adam Zeigler, who lost his father to a sudden accident two years ago, thinks the best way to live life is behind the spotlight As a member of the theater crew, he believes he s achieved it all when he wins the coveted job of spotlight operator But that was before a young actress, Summer, appeared in his view Instantly smitten, Adam is determined toHigh school sopho Adam Zeigler, who lost his father to a sudden accident two years ago, thinks the best way to live life is behind the spotlight As a member of the theater crew, he believes he s achieved it all when he wins the coveted job of spotlight operator But that was before a young actress, Summer, appeared in his view Instantly smitten, Adam is determined to win her over But to do so, he ll have to defy his best friend and break the golden rule of his school techies and actors don t mix.Set against the backdrop of a high school production of A Midsummer Night s Dream, Zadoff s latest is a bromance, a love story, and theater story in one The politics of love and high school collide as Adam struggles to find the courage to step out of the shadows and into the light.
    My Life the Theater and Other Tragedies High school sopho Adam Zeigler who lost his father to a sudden accident two years ago thinks the best way to live life is behind the spotlight As a member of the theater crew he believes he s achie

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    1. This review also appears on My Life, Theater, and Other Tragedies is the first book I ve ever seen about technical theater, so of course I had to pick it up I was really glad to see someone tackle the subject, and even happier when I read the author s bio and saw that he was in theater himself I did technical theater in high school I m now pursuing stage management as my career , and it completely defined my high school life Zadoff really hits the nail on the head with how clique ish tech theate [...]

    2. I really, really enjoyed this one I was so engrossed in this funny little snapshot in the life of Adam Zeigler that I sat down to crack it open and before the end of the day I had turned the last page The theater that Zadoff presents to us is like a world and culture of its own And for the Monclair High Theater kids, it s the tech crew or Techies against the actors Each side thinks they are better than the other Each side thinks the other will be the death of the current production of Midsummer [...]

    3. I loved the crap out of Zadoff s first book but I really had to force myself through this one And I am a freaking theatre geek this was an easy sell to me.I just never felt truly invested in Z s story A billion notes struck seemed false conversations with friends and fellow techies and Derek none of that seemed like a reality I knew And I have worked backstage, and I have performed, and yet very little of this took me back to anything I could relate to.And after the three dimensional look at a f [...]

    4. Oh, to be a high school thespian again Dramarama.This story would have been successful if the plot lines of the characters followed the story of A Midsummer Night s Dream, but that is just wishful thinking Also, there were unnecessary character plot lines, like the unresolved absent brother issue Overly dramatized warring between actors and techies Yep, that was pretty much spot on But it would have been nicer if it was less self depricating while stereotyping women and British people Oh well [...]

    5. I m officially a fan of Allen Zadoff.This book is actually very, very similar to Zadoff s debut, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can t Have , in terms of structure, plot and characters, but I just like these triumphant stories so much I love seeing how an underdog character rise above the odds and emerge from the shadows kind of thing, you know It s like flicks such as Mean Girls , where you root for Lindsay Lohan from the beginning, then watch her descend into a huge pit hole, and then get all [...]

    6. It s two years after his dad s unexpected death and Adam Ziegler s life is all tech all the time Terrified of the dark after losing his dad, he spends his time creating lights for the shows in his high school theater Though he s still mourning his father and is somewhat distanced from his friends and former life, Adam finds a place he belongs in Tech, running the lights But when a beautiful actress named Summer catches his attention, he s suddenly in danger of breaking the most important techie [...]

    7. Since his father s death two years ago, Adam Ziegler has enjoyed living life behind the scenes As a techie in the school drama department, he prefers to watch things from the safe distance of the catwalk, dealing with lighting equipment and other social misfits, rather than stepping into the spotlight or hanging out with actors His best friend, Reach, shares this affinity for backstage, and has created a widely accepted set of rules to keep techies and actors from being friends.This year, though [...]

    8. Sweet, funny, and heartfelt, Allen Zandoff s My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies truly captures the voice of teen in nearly every way possible Ever since the death of his beloved dad, Adam Ziegler has made it a point to fall into the background From his friendships, to his after school actives, to school in general, Adam never lets himself truly get involved or attached However, everything changes with his high school s production of A Midsummer s Dream, because after meeting a cheerful an [...]

    9. The voice in the blurb for the book caught my attention for this one as well This story is about Adam Ziegler who is still dealing with his father s death He does so by becoming a techie for the school s drama department But this year s production is going to be a lot harder Derek, the villain of the story, updated A Midsummer Night s Dream script, is in charge of the actors, the set, and is basically running the show This is a classic case of someone who has cash than ability Adam knows what h [...]

    10. You can find reviews BloodyBookaholicI m trying to remember the last book I read which was a stand alone Nope can t remember Well, besides this one of course I think it was Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block Why is it a hard time for me to remember this Because I don t generally pick up stand alone books I like series I like revisiting characters and watching them grow I don t like saying good bye But that doesn t mean stand alone books are bad, on the contrary come of them are fantastic Like t [...]

    11. My Thoughts Okay, I ll admit it I was a drama nerd in high school Fortunately, my theater experiences were not as embarrassing or painful as Adam s The theater connection is what drew me to the book in the first place, and I definitely think that readers with theater experience will appreciate the details and the story than non theater types.I wish that the play Adam s school put on was something other than Shakespeare, though I glossed over every quote, chapter title, and Shakespeare reference [...]

    12. My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies is an awfully long title, but the story itself is freakin sweet with a dash of boyish charm and theatrical pizazz Yes, you heard me right freakin sweet I may be a bit biased because I have a secret penchant for behind the scenes theater e.g I get overly excited for set changes SO cool , and Adam Ziegler and peeps were the coolest of the cool.Adam was such a fascinating narrator that told the facts as they were and added no fluffery, but he delivered the [...]

    13. After seeing Allen Zadoff at the Teen Author Carnival earlier this year, I decided I d like to read something that Mr Zadoff wrote When I found our My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies was available in audiobook format, 5.5 hours long, and narrated by one of my favorite voice actors Macleod Andrews paired with the fact that I had a 5.5 hour drive I knew this was the one to read Did I like it Yes, I did.It s a bit different from what I normally read don t get me wrong, I definitely read my f [...]

    14. 4.5 stars Excerpt from my review below You can read my full, in depth review here thebookpixie 2011 Have you ever had a book that just calls out to you and you aren t exactly sure why Well that s what My, Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies did the entire time it was sitting in my review pile I felt inexplicably excited to read it and, some how, just knew that I was going to really like itMy Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies starts off with what I thought was a very strong first chapter, [...]

    15. My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen ZadoffEgmont, 2011288 pagesYA Contemporary4 5 starsSource Received an ARC through Vine in exchange for an honest review.After enjoying Zadoff s Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can t Have, I kept this on my radar once I heard about it I love high school theater stories and Zadoff s writing so I knew this would be a win.There were two main threads to the story that eventually intersected The sadder, emotional thread was Adam missing his father wh [...]

    16. My Thoughts We are introduced to Adam who is in high school He also lost his father a few years ago and that has taken a big toll on him He thinks about him constantly He even has to sleep with a flashlight because his thoughts get the best of him at night.Adam was an interesting character He is a stagehand and in the theater this is a whole group of its own Stagehands or the theater crew do not mash with the actors, under any situation They like to keep their distance.Of course Adam meets a gir [...]

    17. I have already read Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can t Have, and I really enjoyed it It s a feel good kind of book, with friendships and relationships and life so I was expecting that from My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies and I got it Hooray.I really like Allen Zadoff s writing style I started this book late one night, looking for a book where I could read a few chapters before bed and I actually ended up having to force myself to stop reading halfway through a chapter because I kept [...]

    18. Ever since his father died two years ago, Z has been hiding from life His only passion is theater lighting, and he lives for his time on the catwalk far above the stage Problem is, the arrogant student Derek, who has a rich and powerful father, is designing the whole production of Midsummer Night s Dream including the lighting and it s a disaster When inevitable accidents happen because of Derek s incompetence, like the lead actress breaking her leg, Z gets blamed Then there s the director, who [...]

    19. This book was a really fast paced read I never once wanted to put this book down because it was dragging Most books start off like that and about 30 pages in you want to put it down because it s dragging so much In the beginning, most of it was just Adam, Adam, and Adam But it wasn t boring But then when Summer was introduced in to the story, things started to pick up EVEN MORE It doesn t go so fast that you can t keep track of it which is also a very nice thing here Adam is a character that I [...]

    20. I thought this was a cute book Quiet, interesting, and a good coming of age story Nothing really new here, though And it wasn t funny like Zadoff s first novel, which was a bit disappointing I think I had really high expectations regarding the humor, though, so I felt the lack of it much than if I d read this book first Newcomers to Zadoff s work may not feel the same way.I got frustrated with Adam for letting everyone walk all over him, even though it was clear why he was withdrawing into hims [...]

    21. Allen Zadoff remains a contemporary charmer with his second novel for young adults, MY LIFE, THE THEATER, AND OTHER TRAGEDIES.As he did in Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can t Have, Zadoff breathes life into subjectively overdone themes like high school isolation and grief with his winningly empathic characters and humorous dialogue Adam is endearingly geeky and shy Sometimes his inability to stick up for himself made me want to give him a good hard well intentioned slap, but then watching him [...]

    22. review If you haven t read Allen s debut Food, Girls and Other Thing I Can t Have do it It s hilarious heartfelt, and just a feel good novel about life in general, friendships, relationships, growing up and finding a voice I was hoping that I would get some of that again when reading My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, and I did And Somehow, Allen can take these books with serious topics and make them humorous, but not in that cheesy or forced way You know what I m talking about, right O [...]

    23. A good, quick read I m afraid this book would be a little to theater y for many of myyoung adult readers especially the males , but I really felt like the main character, Adam, was a realistically portrayed teenage boy He s awkward, NOT good with expressing his feelings or emotions, and just overall pretty clueless For students who are interested in drama, it is clear that Mr Zadoff knows what he s talking about when it comes to theater, tech, and the whole drama world Students will find that as [...]

    24. 4.5 starsI loved Since You Left Me and this book appealed too I love the way Mr Zadoff writes, touching and funny at the same time and again dealing with a teenager s real and deep issues in an insightful way The words drew me in and the characters felt real and as diverse as you d find in any high school I liked Reach, Adam s best friend and dastardly Derek was the one you love to hate Adam is likeable, sweet and insecure, my heart went out to him I felt total sympathy for a boy, full of pain, [...]

    25. Many Glee fans will likely see this book in the spotlight at various Gleerific sites and wonder if they ll like the book My life, the Theater and Other Tragedies is a sweet teen book with some angst moments, but for the most part is aimed at the younger teen audience Heavy topics are lightened and although various deeper thematic plays, schemes and issues are present, none are weighty The book is episodic in nature, perhaps a little predictable, but otherwise entertaining Verses some other young [...]

    26. It s good to know that the cover of this book has already been changed from the Uncorrected Bound Proof I received at Midwinter last month The old cover had a couple kissing on a movie marquee and it didn t fit the plot very well at all I m hoping there were lots of editorial changes, too.The plus I loved the details about being a techie in a large school production lots of info about lights, gels, etc.The negative The friendships and relationships between the characters didn t seem real I know [...]

    27. Painting with lights Adam, that s amazing The high school theater immersion was real, passionate going behind the curtain and on the catwalk is where Allen Zadoff focuses his story, rather than going to every class of Adam s In high school world, character is being discovered integrity glows and dims under peer advantage Derek, thinking he s Quentin Tarantino of theater writer, producer, director except he wants all the credit and shoves off error onto others Adam challenged Derek and is startle [...]

    28. There s something just enjoyable about a high school theater story I haven t read a lot, but having participated, I could appreciate the atmosphere even if we never had an actors vs techies rivalry The story of Adam Ziegler s uphill battle against the smarmy Derek, dealing with the loss of his father two years prior , and his general awkwardness around girls is easy to relate to.The dialogue is funny and captures the way that people talk though naturally, if this book weren t aimed for teens as [...]

    29. YA Standard high school theatre dead father social clique standing up for yourself young adult novel Adam Ziegler, whose name suspiciously mirrors that of the author, is struggling after his father s death Socializing is difficult for him and though he loves being a techie, increasingly his favorite place in the theatre is up in the lighting grid, alone.I liked the emphasis on light it felt really natural, in the story, and for the character Some of the dialogue s quite funny and there are two, [...]

    30. Did not expect to like this book as much as I did Adam is on the Tech Crew for his high school theater He loves to work with the lights It is the one place that makes him feel good since his dad died He has withdrawn a lot from his friends, but they re still there for him One day, while hanging lights, he sees a new actor and is smitten He kind of creepily watches her, but it s totally in character with the shy, scared guy he is But if he wants to actually have a chance with her, he has to break [...]

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