Saturday, November 29, 2014

Audiobook review: Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Nate Foster dreams of one day starring in a Broadway show, so when he catches wind of an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, he and his best friend Libby begin hatching a scheme. While Nate's parents are away for the weekend, he decides to catch a bus from Jankburg, Pennsylvania to New York City with nothing but a backpack and his dreams.
Sassy, snarky, yet totally endearing, Nate is one of my favorite leading boys in all of kid lit. Better Nate Than Ever fills a need for a specific niche-reader: the drama club member or kid with musical aspirations. Fans of Glee and Raina Telgemeier's Drama will go gaga for Nate.

Better Nate Than Ever resides on the older end of middle grade... the time right before kids are ready for full-fledged YA, as there is still a sweetness and naivete to Nate despite his sass. There's some edgy language and situations, but not so edgy that it isn't appropriate for a middle grade reader. If a student is ready to move up to YA after reading Nate, a good rung up his or her reading ladder would perhaps be Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. 

Tim Federle not only wrote Better Nate Than Ever, but he also narrates the audiobook. And given his theater background, it's no wonder this audiobook won an Odyssey award. It is a wonderfully entertaining production and one I highly recommend.

Reading the sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate is an absolute must for me now! My only regret about reading Better Nate Than Ever (well, listening to the audio) is that it took me so long to finally pick it up! 

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Audiobook Narrator: Tim Federle
Published: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 288
Audiobook Length: 5 hours, 54 minutes
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Audience: Middle Grade
Disclosure: Library Copy 

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