Spark – Holly Schindler


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.


This book didn’t do it for me. I guess I’m not a big fan of paranormal, magical realities.

I didn’t feel like many of the characters were fleshed out very well. Some were just totally crazy. And I think it’s a little sad that people view a small town as a destination and an inevitable future. Come on, there’s more than growing up in a small town! Although I guess it was nice to read about since I’m so far removed from that kind of lifestyle.

The story drove home how important appearances and exterior characteristics matter. But what about people who don’t get that kind of magic in their lives? I wish the “magic of the theatre” wasn’t taken so literally in this book. Perhaps it could’ve been more about stage make up, illusions, and being able to sing even when you have trouble speaking. Who knows? There were so many other directions that this book could have gone. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like this was the right path to take.

Related Reading

  • The Game of Love and Death – Martha Brockenbrough
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy – Kate Hattemer
  • Breakfast Served Anytime – Sarah Combs

Rating: 2/5


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