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Nate Expectations: 04/27/20

Nate Expectations

Nate Expectations by Tim Federle is the conclusion to the Better Nate Than Ever series which began in 2013. Having not received a single Tony nomination and with dwindling ticket sales, E.T. the Musical has stopped its run and Nate is back home.

While Nate was in New York his school changed. The auditorium was torn down for a new gym. Drama is no more. And everyone now know about Nate and he's being treated like a minor celebrity.

But Nate's biggest struggle while he's back at school is an English assignment. The teacher in his last year before retirement has seen everything and has grown very jaded, yet he's once again assigning Great Expectations which the students have to read and then present in a new and creative way.

Nate still high on the excitement of acting on Broadway decides to turn the book into a musical and cast the other students in it. The musical takes on a life of its own but manages to bring everyone together. It also helps to sell the importance of the arts in the school. That's not to say that it's a success.

It was a fun read, even if at first I was disappointed to be back at the high school. It was nice to see that Nate had matured while in New York.

Four stars

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