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Showmance – TWiT Book Review

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Noah Adams is a down-on-his-luck Broadway playwright whose first Broadway musical, Stage of Fools, was a flop, closing on opening night. When a family emergency sends him back to his Podunk hometown of Plainview, Illinois, he figures he can hide out for a bit and lick his wounds. But to his shock (and horror) his agent (and boyfriend) has secretly arranged for him to stage an amateur version of the career-ending musical at the local community theater. Despite his strong desire to refuse, Noah also has fond memories of the local theater, which was a safe, haven for him as a queer kid growing up in a rural town where he was relentlessly bullied. It was there, that his passion for theater was fostered and blossomed, so, he begrudgingly agreed, to put on the show.

Among the people from his past that he’s been forced to reconnect with is Luke Carter, the jerk who used to bully him in high school. Luke is beloved by everyone in town—including Noah’s dad—and he’s undeniably gorgeous. Seething with anger and jealousy, Noah can’t help but acknowledge confused feelings for Luke. Why is he so friendly? How come he doesn’t seem to remember how he tortured Noah in high school? How did he become so close to his dad? Why is he so very handsome?! Noah soon realizes that things are not always what they seem. As rehearsals begin, he is surprised by his cast’s insights, the warmth of the town he dismissed, and the reality of what actually, happened with Luke all those years ago. Just how much has Noah misjudged?

Rating: 5
Great Book!
Writing Quality
LGBTQIA Relevance

“Showmance” presents an enchanting narrative that seamlessly intertwines wit and love, making it an unforgettable journey for readers. This book stands out due to its clever dialogue and humorous situations, which create an engaging and light-hearted atmosphere. The author deftly employs a writing, style that balances comedic elements with heartfelt moments.

The story centers around two main characters, Noah and Luke. Noah with his sharp wit and charming demeanor, often finds himself in amusing predicaments that elicit genuine laughter. On the other hand, Luke, with his steady and endearing nature, provides a perfect counterbalance, grounding the humor with moments of sincerity and warmth. Their dynamic relationship is the source of much of the book’s humor and the heart of its romantic elements.

The author’s style is a critical aspect of what makes this book a standout read. Through a masterful blend, of quick-witted repartee, and endearing, character development, the narrative flows, effortlessly, ensuring that readers remain captivated from start to finish. The humor is never forced; it arises naturally from the situations and the characters’ interactions, making it feel authentic and relatable.

The supporting characters in the novel are meticulously crafted to add depth and humor to the narrative. Their distinct personalities and interactions enhance the main plot and provide a richer, more immersive reading experience. These characters’ quirks and emotional contributions, ensure that the story remains vibrant and engaging from start to finish.

The book’s charm lies in its ability to blend humor and romance seamlessly. It’s a testament to the author’s skill in creating a story, that is engaging without relying on explicit content. Focusing on emotional and romantic development keeps readers invested in Noah and Luke’s journey. The combination of, witty dialogue, emotional depth, and relatable characters makes this book stand out as a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Chad Beguelin PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chad Beguelin is a six-time Tony Award nominee. His Broadway works include The Prom, Disney’s Aladdin, Elf, and The Wedding Singer. Chad also co-wrote the screenplay for The Prom, currently available on Netflix. Chad graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Dramatic Writing Program. He lives in Bridgehampton with his husband Tom and their dog, Tucker.

By Chad Beguelin
Penguin Books
Trade Paperback
On Sale: October 1st, 2024
ISBN: 9780143138396
Price: $19.00
Also available as an e-book or audiobook.

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