Alice in Theatreland by Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts takes enough time to introduce the four main characters, Alice, Richard, Gina and Peter. All the characters are connected in a certain way to the scene and all of them are determined to do everything possible to achieve it. As well, the author makes a smart move into introducing a teaser in her prologue which intrigues the readers, and makes you want to see the causes of the now happening events.

Alice, though seems naive and too young at the very beginning, shows a lot of strength and character along the way. She’s had enough of small shows in her home town, Nottingham and its surroundings, so now, she’s determined to fulfil her childhood dream of being on the big scene, in London and to reach the career she always wanted to have. For this dream she’s ready to follow not so pleasant paths and do some things she might regret.

Richard is a middle aged theatre impressario with a weakness for young girls and a complicated relationship with his wife. The only thing that stops him from a divorce is the fact that most of the shows he makes are sponsored by his wife’s fortune.

One of the most sympathetic characters, Gina, are set to be shown as having many inner conflicts due to her life choices. She’s 32 but still dreaming of a big show in her life as a dancer, but it simply doesn’t happen. Gina is having her own many dark secrets, most of which are related to the money she has for a luxury apartment and nice living, but she’s determined to not let anyone know the truth behind these.  Gina is perhaps the only one willing to protect and help Alice in such a competitive world of dancers.

As of Pete, he is a former pop star who just broke up with his (somehow) manipulative girlfriend and now that he’s free, he tries to make some advances towards Alice, which turns out to have a long-time crush on him.

The book is a nice and extremely easy read, mostly due to the style of the writer, which in a certain way can be compared to Tarantino’s directing, some of the lines at the beginning are confusing, but they are set just so we can get more into the life of the characters.

Definitely recommending it and looking forward to read more books of this talented writer, Julia Roberts.

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