THE STAND IN:
my life as an understudy
Author: Elizabeth Stevens
Genre: Mature YA
He’s a semi-famous rockstar
I’m Nerdy McNerdleton
Elijah Sweet: born rock god, gorgeous, sinful
Ella Cowan: beautiful, confidant, popular
Chloe Cowan: wait…who?
Born for the express purpose of being the understudy for my older sister, I’ve learnt that life goes faster if I just go along with the madness.
Until the madness involves me, the School Formal, my sister’s hair-brained scheme to win over the hottest boy in school, and a misunderstanding that I’m the one interested in him.
Suddenly, my quiet existence isn’t so quiet anymore and the bright neon light that heralds my eighteenth birthday and freedom is overshadowed by one that follows a boy who’s going to be the next big thing.
But I am so not interested… Am I?
Please be aware that this story is set in Australia and therefore uses Australian English, grammar and syntax.
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The Stand In is an entertaining quick read that has humor, sweetness, and fun, quirky characters. The author beautifully captures the high school dynamic and weaves a story that tackles the subjects of what it is like to live in the shadow of a sibling and discovering oneself. Chloe is a nerdy, endearing heroine and Eli is the popular up and coming rockstar. I like how Chloe doesn't immediately fall for Eli and I like how Eli sees Chloe for the wonderful, talented girl that she is. The cast of secondary characters really helped make the book. The other band members, Rica, and Aunt Bow were hilarious and very supportive. Then there is the evil Ella - I always like a good villain and I like that in this case, the bully ended up being the big sister. While parts of this book were predictable, I really like how everything unfolded and that while there was a bit of romance there was also emphasis on friendship and finding one's purpose and self worth. If you have liked this author's previous works, then you will enjoy The Stand-In. I received an early copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
Writer. Reader. Perpetual student. Nerd.
I started out writing fantasy. But, I like to write anything, honestly. These days, I mainly stick to YA and there's always at least a sprinkling of romance, if not a 'whoops, I dropped the whole packet in'. Almost all my books are set in my home state of South Australia, either in real or fictional places - gotta write what you know - with Netherfieldbeing the only current exception.
Like most writers, I love to read. Although, time for reading at the moment is hard to come by. When I'm not too busy writing, I'm usually reading a number of authors.