You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche
To be published by Razorbill on November 1, 2016
Plot Summary for You in Five Acts by Una La Marche
At a prestigious New York City performing arts school, five friends connect over one dream of stardom.
But for Joy, Diego, Liv, Ethan and Dave, that dream falters under the pressure of second-semester, Senior year. Ambitions shift and change, new emotions rush to the surface, and a sense of urgency pulses between them: Their time together is running out.
Diego hopes to get out of the friend zone. Liv wants to escape, losing herself in fantasies of the new guy. Ethan conspires to turn his muse into his girlfriend. Dave pines for the drama queen. And if Joy doesn’t open her eyes, she could lose the love that’s been in front of her all along.
Review of You in Five Acts by Una La Marche
The book's narrative structure is a bit experimental and may not be for every reader.
I'm old, but do I spend a lot of time around teenagers, and I think that the author must too. Often I feel that YA characters either sound older ("I'm saving the whole world") or younger than the kids I know.
The one thing about the book that I had a an issue with was the ending. I can't say too much without spoiling (and there's a fuller explanation, hidden by spoiler tags in my Goodreads review.)
But all in all, a great choice for those readers who like contemporary YA on the grittier side. Fans of performing arts themes should also definitely check it out!