Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
How lovely is this cover? I have to admit that I was hooked in by the cover first. The synopsis was quite interesting as well and romantic comedies are one of my favorite genres. So I decided to give this book a try.
The author’s writing was really good, witty and funny and had me cracking up at a lot of the scenes. I enjoyed the main character’s POV very much. Her internal monologue was equal parts insight and story-telling with dashes of humor and sarcasm sprinkled over. Which if you haven’t figured out, is pretty good.
Overall, if I had to describe the story in two words, it would be cute and sweet. It’s a light romantic comedy and it was fun. However, there was also a serious undertone to the plot that I feel wasn’t given as much severity and gravity as it deserved given the major impact on the main character. This issue was almost lightly delivered, rather than the with the extreme importance it deserved.
When I was in high school, there was a series called Sweet Dreams consisting of numerous stand-alone teen romance novels that were published from 1981 through to 1996 before Young Adult was actually recognized as a separate genre. Each of the teen novels dealt with the usual high school drama and romance with personal life issues interlocked. I loved those books and they were great for that time.
Stage Kiss is based in the year 2002 and has that same vibe but I feel that the lack of modernity (cellphones, social media etc) acted as a detriment to the story. This book is targeted at a young adult generation and although I enjoyed the story, I feel that a majority of teens probably won’t relate to it. It might even give them an old-fashioned vibe.
The characters were great and this story had a good plot-line with witty writing but it would have been better if the story had been time-framed in the current teen culture.
***Note: Received from Netgalley for an honest review.