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When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

About the Book-When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

Nothing will get in the way of Millie Price’s dream to become a Broadway star. Not her lovable but super-introverted dad, who after raising Millie alone, doesn’t want to watch her leave home to pursue her dream. Not her pesky and ongoing drama club rival, Oliver, who is the very definition of Simmering Romantic Tension. And not the “Millie Moods,” the feelings of intense emotion that threaten to overwhelm, always at maddeningly inconvenient times. Millie needs an ally. And when a left-open browser brings Millie to her dad’s embarrassingly moody LiveJournal from 2003, Millie knows just what to do. She’s going to find her mom.

There’s Steph, a still-aspiring stage actress and receptionist at a talent agency. There’s Farrah, ethereal dance teacher who clearly doesn’t have the two left feet Millie has. And Beth, the chipper and sweet stage enthusiast with an equally exuberant fifteen-year-old daughter (A possible sister?! This is getting out of hand). But how can you find a new part of your life and expect it to fit into your old one, without leaving any marks? And why is it that when you go looking for the past, it somehow keeps bringing you back to what you’ve had all along?

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Our Review of When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

Mama Mia. Broadway. A kid high on Candy sugar. I think that explains When you get the change. The book is sweet, light, fun and a bit quirky. I had issues with the central character. Some of the things happening in the book seemed to have no logic or reasoning. Then I explained to myself that is the whole point of the book. A kid being thrown into a very unconventional situation and how she deals with it at the best of her capabilities and understanding. Hence why it is more of a coming of age story than a life lesson. If you can see the book in that light then the book is adorable, sweet and kind of goofy.

One of the things that the book delivers is its range of characters. The book is filled with vibrant and colourful characters. Each is given their own space and time to grow and work. The romance portion of the book takes a back seat and I think that’s what makes it so apt. After all the book is not about romance. It is much more than that and the book takes care of that. It does not mean that the book doesn’t have a good romance angle. It is gradually and beautifully weaved and works at the exact place it should.

I had the book on audiobook and I just sailed smoothly through the book in a matter of hours as the book is that light, sweet and fun to read. There are not too many alleys that you are forced to travel. There is no overload of pieces that need to be put together. Through a lot of twisted, goofy and fun development of events, the book reaches its destination quite entertainingly.


In conclusion, I would say that the book is perfect for a vacation or weekend read as a lightweight read that can instantly calm and relax you. It is fluffy and candy-sweet with sprinkles of life lessons, adorable family moments and of course romance. The book is more of a coming of age story and delivers it with its full fanfare.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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