I was literally talking about a book very similar to Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer recently. It’s somewhat ironic that they both have the same birthday. Granted, The Easy Part of Impossible appears to be less about sexual abuse, however, in both it is coming at the hands of their coach. They both broach a really heavy topic and I’m intrigued to see how each one handles it.
A funny and timely debut YA about the toxic masculinity at a famous improv comedy camp Seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho has her future all planned out: improv camp, then Second City, and finally Saturday Night Live. She’s thrilled when she lands a spot on the coveted varsity team at a prestigious improv camp, which means she’ll get to perform for professional scouts—including her hero, Nina Knightley. But even though she’s hardworking and talented, Zelda’s also the only girl on Varsity, so she’s the target for humiliation from her teammates. And her 20-year-old coach, Ben, is cruel to her at practice and way too nice to her when they’re alone. Zelda wants to fight back, but is sacrificing her best shot at her dream too heavy a price to pay? Equal parts funny and righteous, Unscripted is a moving debut novel that Printz Award winner Nina LaCour calls "a truly special book, written at exactly the right time."
What do you think of the abuse subject matter?
Thoughts on improv?
Do you plan to read this one?