Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review # 55: Little Did I Know: A Novel by Mitchell Maxwell

     Written by award-winning Broadway director and producer Mitchell Maxwell, Little Did I Know  is a first-time novel loosely based on Maxwell's early career. After college, in the summer of 1976, Sam August travels to Plymouth, Massachusetts to follow his dream of directing musicals out of an old theater. Little does he know, that putting on a show and running a business can be a crazy ordeal, filled with unexpected twists and turns - just like life. Not only does he have to deal with living in the 70's, but also with new relationships,  business propositions, bills, schedules, rehearsals, love, and a couple of mischievous raccoons. Will his plans succeed? Or will they be crushed by reality? Either way, it will be a summer he won't soon forget.   
     First-off, I have to say that I am a fan of Broadway plays and musicals, so once I heard about this book, I had to jump on the chance to read it. For a first novel, Mitchell Maxwell does an amazing job with his characters and level of detail. By the end of chapter ten, (the chapters are the perfect short-length), I had a pretty good idea who everyone was, what everything looked like, and how everyone acted. His characters are very well-developed, and the dialogue isn't stressed; but I wish that there wouldn't have been as many 70's cliches involved. I found most of the novel very entertaining, but for a book about Sam's dream of directing, the reader never really sees a full rehearsal. Overall, I loved the plot, (although predictable in some spots), and the humorous twists and turns kept my nose in the book. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys an entertaining read about life's quirks; and any fans of GLEE.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this ARC from Book Trib, (Prospecta Press), in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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