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About Books #64: The Little Theatre on the Seafront

Sometimes you just need to read about everything going wrong. And then coming back together. In the slowest way possible – of course. And that’s what The Little Theatre on the Seafront is here for!

I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.

The story

When Lottie’s Gran dies she leaves one last request; save Greenley Theatre.

Faced with a decaying building, a mayor who most definitely isn’t on board with the project and a group of actors who just can’t get along, Lottie has her hands full, but with best friend Sid by her side she knows she can do it somehow.

But the arrival of Jeremy, a hotshot London developer who sweeps Lottie off her feet, complicates things. Suddenly Sid gets a new girlfriend, the Greenley Players fall apart, and that crumbling building? Well it crumbles a whole lot more. With no one to turn to, Lottie has to find the courage to save the day.

The opinion

So, you know how sometimes you come across these books that you just know: yes, this will be good. Well, that was me on the first page of this one. It’s not always a completely fun read, I’ll give it that. But that’s literally just because it’s so real. The amount of social awkwardness Lottie and Sid share between the two of them? It’s honestly a miracle they ever get anything done.

Now, it’s fairly clear from the beginning how things might go – I say might, because, well. Honestly, Katie Ginger seriously had me doubting these two would ever get their *ish together and get together. For real.

The growth the two main characters go through is astounding. That being said, what I maybe loved even more? The evolution the theatre-group goes through. You see, too often people just *magically* come together and manage to get stuff done. It tends to annoy me because, honestly – that’s just not how life works! And guess what? That’s not what happens here either. Seeing how this group of total strangers (or, in some cases, people that consciously move to annoy each other) grow as a group? That’s the kind of stuff I’m here for!

The rating: 3/5

If you’re in the market for a fun read that has just enough depth to keep you absolutely hooked? Preferably while also giving you the kind of characters that will get you overly invested in a fictional story? Then this is pretty much the book for you! (Find it on Goodreads)

-Saar