I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spark by Holly Schindler
Published by HarperTeen on May 17, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, magical realism, romance
Format: Print, Hardcover
Source: the publisher
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The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago.
Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance.
Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.
I was so glad I got to put together a playlist for SPARK. Most playlist posts feature contemporary songs—they’re often the songs the author had on repeat in order to get in the right mood to write a love scene or an action sequence. While SPARK is also primarily a contemporary novel, it does feature historical sections that take place in the 1940s. So it only seemed right to have a playlist featuring songs right for the historical period.
- “Anything Goes” – I had to choose this one right off the bat; in SPARK, Advanced Drama is given the task of saving the Avery by putting on a production of ANYTHING GOES, the last musical ever to be performed on the theater’s stage. Cass and Dylan, modern-day high schoolers, actually wind up falling into the roles that Emma and Nick had during their own 1947 ANYTHING GOES production—Cass gets the lead role and Dylan’s the pianist. The two also realize their own feelings as they pick up where Nick and Emma’s real-life sweet love story left off on that tragic night in 1947.
- “Try to Remember” – from THE FANTASTICKS. Okay, so this one obviously isn’t a ‘40s tune. But THE FANTASTICKS are referenced in SPARK—Cass has an original cast recording. Quin, the protagonist, also uses that record as a way to have a discussion with Cass about “star-crossed lovers,” which is an important thread in the book.
- “Sentimental Journey” – This one really is a popular 1940s song. I also mean it literally—Quin does go on a sentimental journey when the magic of the Avery allows her to travel back in time to see her hometown in 1947. Which leads me to my next song pick:
- “I’ll Be Seeing You” – When 1947 comes back to life, Quin’s seeing her own adoptive mother as a little girl. She’s seeing her great-grandmother, too…in a familiar location, as the song lyrics describe. Quin’s emotional ties to the historic sections allow her to see the characters in 1947 as parts of herself.
- “That Old Black Magic” – I had to pick this one. It was a must. After all, it’s a 1940s hit, and SPARK deals directly with the magic of the theater…
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