Perks is a classic YA novel about an awkward freshman boy trying to find his way through high school. It’s a love letter to the shy people out there, and it is beautifully done. I read this book back in 2016 and would love to reread it because my friends and I went to our first showing of RHPS a couple of weeks ago (If you haven’t ever gone to a theatre to watch it, it’s something to add to your bucket list!). At the beginning of the book, Charlie is happy watching his friends act out the show onstage, but as the story progresses, he finds himself in the limelight onstage with them. Overall, this book is a great coming-of-age for all high schoolers, but especially introverts and theatre nerds.
Simon is the happier twin brother of Perks. I love them both, but Simon is so fluffy and cute, and UGH I can’t begin to do it justice. If you need a book to get you out of a slump or back into a reading habit, this one will have you turning pages faster than you ever have in your entire life. Besides being 10/10 adorable, it also features some great theatre nerd rep! It isn’t as prominent in this book, but Simon is part of a production of Oliver!, which I haven’t seen performed yet. Nevertheless, there are some awesome cast moments in this one and is certainly worth the read.
(Side note: In the movie adaptation of this book, Love, Simon, they put on Cabaret instead of Oliver!. So I guess this story is a two-for-one. #soextra )
We’re taking a full 360 and throwing in a story with Shakespeare at its core. Foolish Hearts has the most involvement with the theatre aspect out of all three of the books on this list, and, by doing so, made its way onto my favorites list of this year. This book is also the only one where the main character had no intention of getting involved with theatre but ended up loving it just the same. It’s a great story if you aren’t so much a theatre kid because it provides an outside perspective into a cast culture and is relatable for everyone.
I mean, come on. It's a real is a play. :)
Those are all the theatrics I have for your this time. So, until next post: I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye…
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.