I really liked Better Nate than Ever. But I absolutely loved Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Having gone through the whole "am I or ain't I" thing in my own childhood, I could really feel for Nate (though I think he figured it out waaay earlier in life than I did). So nice to see a book for young readers that just puts the whole gay thing out there, matter of fact, without treating it like it's (a) plutonium that will blow up in your face if handled wrong; (b) teh debbil!, or (c) like, totally awesome and so much fun and OMG you're gonna love it!
But The Gay Thing is only a small part of what's going on in this book. I love how Nate is finally proud of himself for something he did. Screw the lame parents, making excuses for his bullies; screw his older brother, afraid to even be associated with him. Screw 'em all - because Nate is awesome, and now he knows it, and so does everybody else! Who cares if he's got zits? (Name me one kid who never had to deal with that.) Who cares if he's not Hollywood-ideal thin? (We all need to get over the whole "thin is in" thing.) Who cares if he likes boys? (Well, actually, I do. I love that the star of the book is a boy who crushes on boys.)
If I had one complaint about this book, it's that there is a paucity of Freckles.
So much fun! Every bit as delightful as Better Nate than Ever.
I LOVED this novel! Though my reading was a bit broken up due to my schedule I could never wait to start reading about Nate again. To understand most of the references I highly recommend that you read the first book. Nate was someone that I could really relate to and I just overall found him really entertaining to read about. I would TOTALY recommend this to any theatre geek!
It features 13 year old Nate, who is invited to play a part in E. T., the musical. It was funny, but a little confusing at parts. Before reading it, I recommend watching E. T. if you haven’t already.
StephanieChow thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 13
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