Review Blog

Nov 14 2011

Dress Rehearsal by Zoe Thurner

cover image

Fremantle Press, 2011. ISBN 9781921696671.
(Age 15 +) Recommended. The story of Lara Pearlman and her friends as they prepare to stage their school play reveals strained relationships within families and with friendships. Year 12 student Lara is a free spirit which often puts her at odds with her controlling mother. She imagines herself in love with the school 'Mc Dreamy', Blake, and has complicated relationships with Oggy, her best friend, and Nathan, who is her chief supporter. Lara needs to work out how to challenge the rules but remain safe, and how to act when presented with very real and complex challenges to her values.
While Lara's descriptions of her life are often funny, sudden twists in the story line take the reader into darker territory in the latter part of the book as actions taken have negative consequences for many of the characters. There is a certain level of complexity that may cause confusion for some readers, but those who persevere will remember the character of Lara with fondness.
Zoe Thurner, a first time author, is a high school drama teacher and the descriptions of drama rehearsals and school life are entertaining and believable.
Chris Lloyd

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates