A summer away from the city is the beginning of everything for Brooklyn Shepard. Her theater apprenticeship at Allerdale is a chance to prove that she can carve out a niche all her own, surrounded by people who don't know anything about her and her family of superstar performers. Brooklyn immediately hits it off with her roommate, Zoe, and soon their friendship turns into something more. Brooklyn wants to see herself as someone who's open to everything and everyone, but as her feelings for Zoe intensify, so do her doubts. She's happier than she's ever been—but is it because of her new relationship? Or is it because she's finally discovering who she wants to be? Thoughtful, funny, and steeped in the wild drama of growing up, Alison Cherry's new novel is the story of a girl hoping she's found a place to belong... only to discover that neither talent nor love is as straightforward as she thinks.
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Brooklyn is admitted to a prestigious theater summer camp, where she ends up being the youngest recruit - a result of her mother calling in a special favor? Right away Brooklyn isn't sure she deserves to be at the camp, and her insecurities overwhelm her experiences. While the intricacies of theater camp were a little intimidating at first, following the routine and learning the ropes along with Brooklyn made the process a little easier for a non-theater geek like myself.
The relationships Brooklyn forms at camp are the strongest part of the novel and the driving force behind the plot. Her roommate, Zoe, quickly becomes Brookie's best friend, and when their relationship tips toward something more intimate, Brooklyn must figure out a lot of things about herself. This journey of self-discovery, going on at the same time as 10 hour theater camp workdays, drives Brooklyn almost to the breaking point.
How will Brooklyn deal with changing relationships, the expectations of her family, and her own newfound love of composing music? A highly-charged contemporary story full of drama, humor, and heart-warming romance, LOOK BOTH WAYS is highly recommended.