Thursday, April 22, 2010

Radio Week: Glee!

Finn and Rachel abuse their library privileges...
Glee is not just a popular television program, but the cast also does concert tours and their soundtrack cds are best-sellers. So much so, that the songs from their episodes are way up on the I-Tunes top 100 songs downloaded list. To go along with your Glee Soundtrack, here are some over the top, drama-fest-filled books that might leave you singing along.
(thanks to the Green Been Teen Queen for inspiration)

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
How many novels have such a cast of characters: A Red Sox addict who writes letters to his dead mother; his gay American-born Chinese "brother"; a love interest whose role model is Jacqueline Kennedy and who's the daughter of the ambassador to Mexico; a young boy who thinks Mary Poppins is real; and a father romancing his son's school adviser? This book does, and it all works wonderfully in a modern-day tale of baseball, romance, Broadway musicals and even baseball. T.C., Augie, Alejandra, Andy and others find that romance means learning to see with new eyes and becoming new under the influence of magic in the world.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens--both named Will Grayson--are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most fabulous high school musical.

My Life, the Musical by Maryrose Wood
To best friends and devoted theater fans Emily and Philip, Aurora is no ordinary Broadway musical. Their love for the hit show (whose reclusive author has never been named) is nothing short of an obsession. Thanks to a secret loan from Emily's grandma Rose, seeing the Saturday matinee has become a weekly ritual that makes real life seem dull and drab by comparison. As they go to hilarious lengths to indulge their passion for Aurora, Emily and Philip must face the fact that all shows close sooner or later. But first they'll put their friendship to the ultimate test, solve Broadway's biggest mystery-and spend one unforgettable night at the theater.

A Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan
A ten-year best friendship is put to the test when Chuck and Hal spend their first summer apart falling for two questionable mates: a sexy Saudi songstress and a smokin' hot French punk. As Chuck heads off to summer theater camp and Hal stays in their hometown, learning how to drive, they keep in touch via blogging, reporting to each other about their suddenly separate lives and often ridiculous romantic entanglements. As both their relationships take some unexpected turns, Hal and Chuck struggle to come to terms with their growing differences while trying to keep their friendship alive.

Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Two theater-mad, self-invented fabulositon Ohio teenagers. One boy, one girl. One gay, one straight. One black, one white. And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP. It's a season of hormones, gold lame, hissy fits, jazz hands, song and dance, true love, and unitards that will determine their future --and test their friendship.

Book bios from BookLetters unless otherwise marked

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