Intermission

IntermissionIntermission by Serena Chase
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Published by Candent Gate on November 15, 2016
Pages: 353
Also by this author: The Sunken Realm

 

Publisher’s Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of-age themes that honestly explore the gray areas of the moral dilemmas the characters face, this novel traces the path of one talented teen girl as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire.

Due to content involving instances of verbal, emotional and physical abuse directly and indirectly perpetrated against the main character, this book is recommended for ages 14+.

If you haven’t heard of author Serena Chase, her Eyes of E’veria series is fantastic. It contains adventure, retelling of fairy tales, allegories, and of course, there’s love and happily-ever-afters. And although her newest release isn’t in the fantasy genre, Intermission in no way falls short.

Ms. Chase has many gifts as a story crafter, but one thing I love is her ability to produce a story that matters. The theme, the message, the heart of the book shines through Noah and Faith, but not in an in-your-face kind of way. While reading Intermission I was fully immersed into the characters’ lives. Their struggles. Their guilt. Their desires. Not a moment happened when I thought, ‘this feels too preachy’, and yet, there is a beautiful and important message to be heard. What does obedience look like, whether as a child under a parent, or as a child of God? And what happens when there’re gray areas in life, or when those in authority are wrong? Intermission is so much more than will Romeo get his Juliet in the end. This fictional Iowa world digs through the hard questions of life in a realistic and page turning way.

Intermission is so much more than will Romeo get his Juliet in the end. This fictional Iowa world digs through the hard questions of life in a realistic and page turning way.

Now Noah and Faith are theater enthusiasts. If you love music, theater, art: this book, hands down, is for you. However, if you are more like Faith’s family and feel most comfortable, say: watching sports or something else outside the arts, you’re in luck. This book is also for you.  Ms. Chase does an excellent job describing all things theaters in a down-to-earth way that everyone can understand. It even made me wish my high school growing up had a drama department so I might have be able to participated in such events as these characters.

Noah is… well, sigh worthy. I know, I know, as a reviewer I’m supposed to give details about why and how he’s awesome, but sometimes simpler is better. He’ll be what a girl wants her real life hero to be. And yet, he’s not perfect, and I think that’s what also makes him so great. Faith, the poor girl, there’s family issues, rumors, and having to be apart from the one she loves. She’s the type of heroine you want to jump into the book for and be the friend she needs.

Whether you’re a teenager climbing your way toward tomorrow, or an adult who’s ever struggled with their dreams, hold on, because this story will sweep you away.

Whether you’re a teenager climbing your way toward tomorrow, or an adult who’s ever struggled with their dreams, hold on, because this story will sweep you away. Especially recommended for readers who loved: What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae and All She Wanted by Nicole Deese.

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