Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared — for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; or for death in the theater.
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes.
But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater — and then another — especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love.
Title: Echo After Echo
Author: Amy Rose Capetta
Genre: young adult, contemporary
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Beautifully written and a book I would highly recommend (421 pages). Capetta uses the play-within-a-play literary device twisting Shakespeare’s plot about murder, revenge and a love story, while using an Ancient Greek Tragedy – Echo and Ariston.
From the first chapter I knew Capetta was a literary genius using multiple perspectives in third person narration and educating readers via storytelling about drama (acting, confidence, self-esteem, passion for theatre) and the genres of mystery and love. There is a same-sex relationship between two women, Zara and Eli, but this is only one small layer to this amazing story. The novel also sensitively tackles the beauty of sexuality, identity, assertiveness, and belonging.
At different points throughout the novel there are awkward moments between characters’ power and gender roles – something for readers to reflect upon, especially in the creative arts industry. I learned so much about the theatre world reading this novel. A must have for any aspiring actors!
I also love how eloquently Capetta describes and explores love in this literary masterpiece.
My favourite quote from the book:
“But that’s not the whole story. People carve words on each other’s hearts, scribble their sadness on anyone who stays put for long enough…” – Page 280
5 / 5 stars
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