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BETTER NATE THAN EVER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Federle
Author's First Name: 
Tim
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Publication Date: 
2013

With help from his “BFF” Libby, thirteen-year-old Nate endeavors to escape his small town to audition on Broadway, resulting in hilarious misadventures and poignant self-discovery. Undercurrents of age-appropriate sexual identity, bullying, and family problems, fuel this well-paced plot.

Comments

Meeting Notes for November

Meeting Notes for November 15:

Positive Comments:

  • This smart and charming boy is hilarious.
  • The story has enough adventure and humor for the boy’s struggles to be accessible to readers.
  • This age group does not seem to be aware of what being gay means.
  • Readers can appreciate the boy’s ambiguity about wondering if he is gay.

Observation:

  • The father not being around is crucial because the boy does not want him around and includes that in his audition information.

Concerns:

  • This book’s cover does not work.
  • That the father calls the actor son “fag” is disturbing.
  • The story has unresolved plot lines of the father’s and the aunt’s relationship with the boy’s mother.

 

Meeting Notes for October

Meeting Notes for October 18:

  • Needs more readers.