Theatrical – Maggie Harcourt

Fifteen minutes.
That’s only… what, 900 seconds- right?
900 seconds late feels so much better than a quarter of an hour late. Doesn’t it?’

theatricalHope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume-designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool…and her secret.

What I thought

I’d read both of Maggie Harcourt’s previous books and oved them so had high hopes for this one. One of the first things I realised is that this is really neatly linked to ‘Unconventional’ but not in a way that is too obvious for any read who hadn’t read it. The play that Hope is working on is the book that Aidan has written and that Lexi falls in love with. It’s a really nice throwback that isn’t in your face but made me smile. I’m unsure if I want to read PieceMakers or not. If it was to come out I’d defintiely by it and read it but I’m not sure if it could live up to the set up from Unconvential and now Theatrical.

Hope is a great character, her love for the theatre fills her (and liewise) the reader with passion for the stage, but more importantly the people behind it. The actors are one thing but are really only a small part of the whole. Hope’s position is the DSM which is a position that I had only heard about because my father used to work in the theatre and even then I didn’t really know anything about it except that it’s important it is exists. The DSM (Deputy Stage Manager) is in charge of all of the costuming, the props, and prompting where needed. Basically if it is not the actors or techincal then it comes under the permit of the DSM.
One of the things I love about Hope is the way she knows things would be easier if she didn’t love the theatre, with her mum being a famous costumer it means that she will always get accusations that she got the job because of her name. And it’s more than that Hope is worried that it’ll be true, that she won’t have got the role because of her skill but because of nepotism. She’s determined to make it on her own and without her mother’s name behind her so applies to be an Intern DSM in secret, so that her paretns don’t find out and also so that work doesn’t find out.

And yes, the minute you read about a ‘hot young understudy’ then you know what is going to happen. But  Maggie Harcourt continues to write a brilliant love story which goes evolves from not-quite-hate and the pair are cute together. But what’s wrong with reading a good romance?

Why I read it

I pre-ordered this one as I love ‘Unconventional’ which is set at cons, finding out that this one set was the backstage of a theatre meant I couldn’t wait to read it.
I try and read pre-orders as soon as they come out, but sometimes that isn’t possible. I did well to read this one within a week of getting it.

Final Thought

Maggie Harcout has done it again, writing a brilliant book with a cute romance and a story of growing up and into yourself as well as following your dreams. Hope is a realist as well as living up to her name. She knows that life in the theatre is hard work and that it isn’t stable but she’s unable to do anything else.

Would I recommend? Yes. Always. And everything that Harcourt has written so far and anything she writes in the future.


PopSugar: Published in 2018.


Day 1 of NaNo and for the first time in 3 months I don’t feel fatigued, so I’m taking that as a sign that even though I couldn’t write till 9pm tonight that I am going to do this, even with my holiday at the end of the month.
As always let me know what you think of my review, has it made you want to read ‘Theatrical’? Have you read Theatrical? I know I missed loads in my reivew but in my defence I read this in June. Of course the reason I’ve taken this long to right it is because I was tired and let my blog slip.

See you tomorrow,

P.S The next review is ‘How to stop time’ by Matt Haig









3 thoughts on “Theatrical – Maggie Harcourt

  1. I want to read this one so badly . But life happened and I haven’t been able to get a copy for myself . Though I have read half of Unconventional but then something happened and I couldn’t go back . But now after reading your review I feel like going and finishing it.


    1. Do so and then let me know what you think.
      I’m a massive fan of UnConventional as I work cons so I recognised a lot of it. This one is a great not-quite-sequel

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