This review is part of the YAShot blog tour. YAShot works with Waterstones Uxbridge and Hillingdon Libraries to promote libraries as well as a love for reading. This is the second year for YAShot and this year, it’s taking place on October 22nd. For the blog tour, I have teamed up with Perdita and Honor Cargill to bring a review of Waiting for Callback to you, as well as a giveaway. First, let’s see my review….
Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series!
When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can’t be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of ‘Dead Girl Number Three’ without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?
Off-stage things aren’t going well either – she’s fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra’s life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring – waiting for callback.
Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?
I went into this book expecting a fun light-hearted read about an awkward teenager and that is exactly what I got. I love fun reads. A lot of people hate on them and say that they aren’t ‘real’ books but those people are fools. Reading is escapism for me and laughter is one of the best ways to escape and have fun.
Elekta is a 15 year old girl so only 2 years younger than me yet still quite relatable. Her awkward antics make the book so much more fun. This book definitely gives me a Geek Girl vibe but with less nerdy awkwardness and more ambition in the field that she’s in. I loved the fact that we got to see the acting world. The inclusion of scripts within the novel made the acting part of Elektra feel more real. I also really enjoyed how every chapter started with a quote from famous actors of today such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watston, Douglas Booth etc. Most quotes in books are from people that I’m not aware of so it’s great so see quotes from actors I’ve seen. I love the way that each quote matched up to what was happening in the chapter and gave a slight clue about what was going to happen.
A lot of YA books focus on romance which isn’t bad because I love romance. But often the effects of friendship on teenagers is forgotten but not in Waiting for Callback. I liked the fact that the book dealt with many things such as friendships, relationships, crushes, career, bullying etc. I felt like because of that, the book better reflected a teenager’s life.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s fun, cute, awkward and hilarious. I would have liked more awkward embarrassing moments but it is the first book in a series so there’s room for improvement. If you love Geek Girl, you’ll definitely love this book.
Perdita and Honor Cargill have kindly agreed to do a giveaway for you guys. It will be for a signed copy of Waiting for Callback, a Waiting for Callback biscuit, a Waiting for Callback bookmark and finally a Waiting for Callback travel pass holder. Sadly it is UK only because of the biscuit and costs etc. It will close a month today so on September 26th. Enter via the rafflecopter below.
To end, here’s a little paragraph from Perdita and Honor:
Thank you so much Sofia for taking the time to review Waiting for Callback! We had so much fun writing it together (admittedly in separate room to preserve our sanity…). What we set out to do was to entertain – to write a book that would make its readers feel better after a tough day at school, the sort of book you could curl up with or read in the bath, that would make you laugh enough that you’d want to pass it on to your best friend. It’s lovely for us when people enjoy it. We’re editing the second book right now and that will be out in January 2017, which seems scarily soon now! Elektra’s got lots more adventures (misadventures?) to share…
That’s it for our post on the YAShot blog tour. Don’t forget to check out all of the other posts before me via this link.