What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I have a friend named Madonna. She is awesome. When I was living with my buddy Nancy, a Roman Catholic for 64 years, she yelled at me one day when she came home to find that I, an American Baptist, had received a call from The Madonna on our answering machine. All those years of devout RC faith and I am the one who gets the call. Well, what can ya do?

My friend Madonna is actually a Baptist, too, but not the American kind. I think she's an indie.


While I was reading Take a Bow, I couldn't get this song out of my head, and so you were treated to this tale of two, now three Madonnas.

I don't know why, but I thought this book was about an American Idol-esque contest. It isn't at all. It's a four person POV novel about kids attending the most impressive high school for the performing arts in NYC.

Carter: a child star who now works on soaps

Sophie: a girl who was a big fish in a small pond and is determined to stop at nothing to make it big

Emme: Sophie's sidekick but more than that, she is a very talented composer and musician

Ethan: Emme's bandmate, also a very talented composer and musican (in my opinion he's moody and too needy, but he comes across as a hero in the book)

The book follows them through their four years of school and deals with issues like love, friendship and finding your true dream. I liked the book and it will be an easy one to recommend to tweens and younger teens who are looking for something light.

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