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Review and Giveaway: Intermission

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Review and Giveaway: Intermission

intermissionIntermission by Serena Chase
Reviewed by: Jill Hart
Genre: Young Adult, Christian
Publisher: Candent Gate LLC
Publication Date: November 15, 2016

Intermission is the story of Faith and Noah, two teens who share a love of all things drama – acting, singing, all of it.  They meet by chance and become best of friends … and then a little more. However, there are several major things standing in the way of them becoming couple. Namely, Faith’s parents who think drama is a waste of time and that Noah must be trouble.

I have not enjoyed a book this much in such a long time.  I sat down with this book thinking it would be a nice, light YA (young adult) read.  Several hours later I had laughed, cried, yelled (at least in my head), and my heart was near bursting.  So, instead of accomplishing several tasks that evening, I sat and read, and read, and read some more. I truly couldn’t put it down until I knew what happened.

This is one of those books that just draws you in and time flies by while you live right alongside the characters.  In fact, one of my kids attempted to interrupt me near the end and it took everything I had to pause for them. 🙂 I then immediately resumed reading. And then I was angry that I finished it! THAT is how I know a book was not only enjoyable, but really impacted me – when it stays with me long after I’ve closed the the book.

Chase’s writing style is superb. She is witty and full of depth all at the same time.  I was incredibly impressed with how she handled the characters’ growing faith throughout the book, as well as how she tackles some heavy – and very relevant – topics. I love that this is a book that I can share with my teen, one that will create a welcome dialogue on many tough issues.

I will eagerly be recommending this book to my friends and my daughter’s friends. This is a book you don’t want to miss.

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We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more. 

And this kiss . . . 

This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year- old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year- old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of- age themes that honestly explore gray areas of moral dilemmas, this novel traces the path of one talented teen girl as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire.


SERENA CHASE is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria series and a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. A lifelong performer who sometimes speaks in show tunes, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a 100-pound white Goldendoodle named Albus, who is the biggest star of her Instagram account. Connect with Serena Chase by visiting her website and signing up for her newsletter, “like” her official Facebook page to stay up-to-date on new release news, and enjoy her sometimes poignant, but more often chuckle-inducing random observations of life on Twitter.



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