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The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

The Rehearsal

Why you should read this book:

A provocative and unique look at teenagers, The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton proposes that at this stage in life, teenagers are rehearsing for real life. Therefore they can try things out and make mistakes in relative security, preparing for when moments really mean something. In addition, they try on different roles and different characters, deciding who they want to be and how they want to be seen. Written as though the reader was experiencing the scenes of a play, this book offers both humour and a depth of understanding that is as fun to read as it is thought-provoking.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • A straightforward narrative is your preference.
  • You want characters whose narrative you can trust as truthful.
  • You don’t want to have to read between the lines.
  • Teenage characters annoy you.
  • Drama bores you.

What The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton is about:

At its core, The Rehearsal is about a high school sex scandal and the theatre school that uses the scandal as fodder for their yearly performance. However, what the novel really explores is the effect of the scandal on the lives of the other girls at the school. It looks at the power of stories and the thrill of living vicariously through the experiences of others. It examines identity and how so much of how we see ourselves is a performance. Written as though each character were at the center of their own play, this unique novel will make you think about yourself and the stories you tell others.

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