Book Review: Waiting for Callback (Perdita and Honor Cargill)

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Pages: 346

Release Date: January 28th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can’t be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of ‘Dead Girl Number Three’ without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?

Off-stage things aren’t going well either – she’s fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra’s life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring – waiting for callback.

Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?

Review:

I’ve heard a lot about this book and followed Perdita Cargill on Twitter for a while, and now I’ve finally gotten round to reading the book.

Elektra wants to act and when she signs with an agency, she thinks her dreams are about to come true. But it’s hard balancing auditions with school work, best friends and boys, and even harder when you’re constantly waiting for something to happen.

I really enjoyed this book. I think I felt quite a personal connection with Elektra and her story. I did a lot of acting when I was younger and always dreamed of getting an agent as a teen like Elektra does. While that didn’t happen, I still managed to get some paid work and did a few short films and music videos and it was all such an amazing experience. I wish I’d had a list of ‘won’t dos’ like Elektra as some of the stuff I’ve done I hope no one I know ever sees… (nothing rude, just embarrassing!)

So I really got how Elektra felt about acting, the nerves and the waiting and imagining each little thing you do is going to be your big break. She was also relatable as an average teenage girl too: the usual worries about spots and body images, best friend falling outs and wondering if this hot guy likes her. She had her funny clumsy moments too but it wasn’t too over the top and slapstick, which I appreciated.

I was rooting for Elektra all the way through, whether that was in her acting career, snagging the boy she liked or patching things up with her best friend. She made mistakes and learned from them and you definitely saw her grow as the book went on. I thought the relationship between her and her parents was wonderfully captured – probably something you want to nail when you’re a mother-daughter writing team, and they really did.

Now I’ve finished that I just want to go straight on to book two and see what happens to Elektra next. This is a fun, light-hearted read, perfect for YA fans and especially those with a passion for acting themselves.

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