Life Is Like a Musical: How Broadway Can Help You Live Your Best Life

224p. Perseus/Running Pr. Oct. 2017. Tr $18. ISBN 9780762462643.
Award-winning author and Broadway expert Federle offers 50 hilarious self-help tips for drama geeks and beyond. In Federle's own words, his book is "Don't Sweat the Small Stuffwith jazz hands." He stresses how his cheerful personality has helped him secure many gigs—after all, no one wants to collaborate with a grumpy or arrogant coworker. Federle shares various coming-of-age and theater experiences, from dancing in a polar bear costume at Radio City Music Hall to cowriting the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. Featuring star-studded theater references, this is an uplifting yet realistic look at living life to the fullest. There's even a section noting how students voted most popular in middle school tend to plateau early in life.
VERDICT Perfect for theater-focused teens, especially those who grew up on Federle's Better Nate Than Ever and loved his young adult novel, The Great American Whatever.

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