TITLE: Echo after Echo
AUTHOR: Amy Rose Capella
TRIGGER WARNING: Mentions of eating disorders, rape, and suicide.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: WalkerbooksAUS sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
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; and 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. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy.
Echo after Echo is an own voices novel with a f/f romance (bisexual and lesbian representation) This novel follows the cast of a broadway show as they prepare to get their show up and running, when the Aurelia theater’s curse comes back to haunt them, killing off their lighting director and leaving everyone worried what will happen next. This novel focuses on the mystery of wether or not the death was accidental, the budding romance, and the show that one character has loved since her childhood.
WHAT I LIKED
– The diversity in this novel, perhaps not so much in race, but in other aspects
1. Zara is Bisexual and Jewish
2. Eli is a lesbian and Puerto Rican and catholic
3. Adrian is your typical white main character, however he also deals with Dyslexia and ADHD
– The poetic writing!
– How hard it was for me to guess if it was a murder or accident
– How it challenged that we should stand up against abusive and predatory men.
WHAT I DISLIKED
– The pacing of this novel ( it was all over the place )
– How nothing really happened until the end
– How most of the chatacter were very 2D
Overall, this wasn’t the book for me in the sense that I loved the characters and writing, but couldn’t have cared less for the plot, and I shouldve expected that since I’m not much of a musical person. I’m still really glad I read this & recommend it to everyone!
until next time,