A while back on Twitter I heard about an upcoming YA book where a teen searches her dad’s LiveJournal as being part of the plot and I gasped! It went out of my mind until just this month when I saw When You Get The Chance pop up as a new release and I realized, THIS IS THE BOOK THAT MENTIONS LIVEJOURNAL!
So yes, I honestly picked this book up for the LiveJournal reference – and I’m so glad I did, this was a fun and heartwarming story!
Title: When You Get The Chance
Author: Emma Lord
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Millie is a sixteen going on seventeen year old who wants to be a Broadway star, and she knows she has what it takes. She’s talented and the only thing holding her back is her rival in drama club at school, Oliver. She lives in New York City, the perfect spot to be for theatre.
She has a dad who loves her, and an aunt who also helped raised her since her mom was never in the picture. But Millie gets curious and decides to do some online snooping and finds her dads old LiveJournal from 2003 where he mentions some flings he had in college – one of these ladies could be Millie’s mom and she sets it upon herself to get to know these women and figure out the mystery.
Apparently this is a “retelling” of Mamma Mia, but I have never seen it and don’t even know the plot, so I can’t really comment on that – but honestly, you don’t need to know Mamma Mia to appreciate this story line.
I loved Millie as a character, she’s so fun and strong willed. She knows who she is and what she wants – she’s bold and not afraid to make a scene – she does want to be an actress, after all.
Her best friend Teddy is another love-able character and their friendship is one I wish I had in my own life – a lifelong friendship, closer than a sibling – like family.
Oliver is her enemy but as is expected, they end up falling for each other as they compete over a summer internship.
This story is a love letter to New York City, as Teddy is super into geocaching and drags Millie all around NYC. It’s a love letter to Broadway, as Millie mentions so many shows, some actually currently on Broadway and others not currently playing in real life, but shows nonetheless. It’s about family and how they would do anything for you and to protect you.
A lot happens in this book and I don’t want to give any of it away in this review, but there is never a slow moment – just like New York, the city that never sleeps.
One minor detail that irked me is at one point Millie goes to see a Broadway show and ends up third row and comments how that’s the closest she’s ever been. I’ve been seeing Broadway shows for about 5 years myself and I find it hard to believe a girl who lives and breathes Broadway and is local has never been that close to a show. It’s called rush – day of show, you buy tickets for a discounted price when the box office opens and depending on the show, they can be within the first few rows. Millie would definitely have known this and done this, even on a student budget, its affordable – so that took me by surprise.
I went into this one for the LiveJournal aspect (yes, I was on LJ myself) and I’m so glad I did – its fast paced and you want to know the crazy things Millie will do to find out who her mom is and the women she will befriend. It does sound wild but it was such a fun read and I’m glad I gave it a chance!
I really enjoyed the audiobook narration and would recommend it. I found the narrator perfect for Millie and her enthusiam.
I ended up on 2.7x speed by the end!
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I’m so glad I gave this one a chance and it was incredibly fun! I was smiling the entire time and I loved the storyline and characters. Highly recommend this one, especially if you’re a fan of theatre!