Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Nate lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. He feels as if he is trapped in Jankburg, Pennsylvania. He hears of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to audition for the musical E.T. on Broadway. With the help of his friend, Libby, Nate makes plans to get to the audition without the knowledge or consent of his family. This thirteen-year-old boy hops on a bus to New York - the New York City. Out of the blue, an aunt he hardly knows shows up at the audition. This audition is really an eye-opener for Nate. He almost comes to the point where he really doesn't care if he gets this part. You can actually sense everything that he is going through.
This realistic fiction involves many amusing situations all the way through Tim Federle's first book. I hope you enjoy the creative title. Imaginine a cell phone hardly ever needing recharging. I don't think that Nate would have made it without his cell phone or his friend, Libby (and his aunt, of course). There are several excellent discussion topics in this book: religion, sexual identity, family, over-emphasis of sports. We're pulling for you, Nate. Sequel?!?!