Maryrose Wood My Life: The Musical

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My Life: The Musical

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To best friends and devoted theater fans Emily and Philip, Aurora is no ordinary Broadway musical. Their love for the hit show (whose reclusive author has never been named) is nothing short of an obsession. Thanks to a secret loan from Emily’s grandma Rose, seeing the Saturday matinee has become a weekly ritual that makes real life seem dull and drab by comparison.
But when the theater chat rooms start buzzing with crazy rumors that Aurora might close, Emily and Philip find themselves grappling with some truly show-stopping questions. What, exactly, is the “one sure thing” in show business? How will they pay back the money they owe Grandma Rose? And why hasn’t Philip asked Emily out on a real date? As they go to hilarious lengths to indulge their passion for Aurora, Emily and Philip must face the fact that all shows close sooner or later. But first they’ll put their friendship to the ultimate test, solve Broadway’s biggest mystery–and spend one unforgettable night at the theater.

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Maryrose Wood is the author of Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love. She lives in New York City.

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Grade 7 Up—Wood uses musical theater as a framework for a larger theme: the rich fantasy life of teens. She explores the difference between reality and fantasy as Phillip and Emily become consumed with a smash hit, Aurora, and try to solve the industry secret of who wrote it. The teens make their way from Long Island to Broadway each weekend to see the show. Phillip comes from a poor background with a shady big brother and a mostly absent single mother. He has found solace in watching Aurora with Emily and with keeping a log of statistics on the show. Emily, whose quirky grandmother pays for the tickets each week, is so immersed in the life of Aurora and its surrounding Web sites that she is unable to think of anything else. In desperation, after discovering that the show will be closing, she lies to her parents as to her whereabouts and steals money from her grandmother so that she and Philllip can attend every one of the remaining performances. Upon being found out, Emily is sent to have spiritual counseling. She explains the allure of the show to Rabbi Levin and he tells her, "It's what we do, who we are right now that defines us. Not our memories, not our fantasies—but this moment, now." Emily, Phillip, Grandma Rose, and the author of Aurora all discover that the actions they perform in their everyday lives are what are truly important. Teens will enjoy the fast pace and humor in this uplifting novel.—Terrilyn Fleming, Colby Public Schools, KS
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