At 14 years old, Ryan Waite is not a bad actor -- in fact he’s quite a good one. Good enough to have had several years’ experience on various stages of Toronto, where he lives with his mother. When Ryan messes up an audition for a part in Les Miz, he makes contact with a bulky character named Burton who launches the boy into the most challenging role of his lifetime. BurtoAt 14 years old, Ryan Waite is not a bad actor -- in fact he’s quite a good one. Good enough to have had several years’ experience on various stages of Toronto, where he lives with his mother. When Ryan messes up an audition for a part in Les Miz, he makes contact with a bulky character named Burton who launches the boy into the most challenging role of his lifetime. Burton turns out to be a private investigator who’s out to make some big money through arranging for Ryan to impersonate a boy who is the long-lost son of a millionaire desperate to re-establish the relationship with his son before he dies. Suddenly Ryan finds himself performing a part considerably beyond his depth, having to improvise emotions and understandings and make up complicated lies just in order to stay ahead of the game.Ryan knows discovery is inevitable and when the moment arrives, he has to dig deep to find the most graceful and honourable way of making his exit....
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YA novel read & reviewed for Quill & Quire. Fun, quick read with an engaging, if not rather predictable, mystery/adventure storyline where teenaged actor Ryan gets in over his head when he's hired to pretend to be someone else's estranged kid. A bit over-the-top with its lessons about lying and empathy, but pretty well-written nonetheless.
A fast-paced modern tale that, like the Shakespeare Stealer, deals with a young man asked to take part in deceit, this time an impersonation of a long-lost son. It helps that Ryan is already an actor. Blackwood brings back the question about how much of real life consists of acting and deceit, weaving this question and a strong interplay of emotions between the faux son and the members of his "family" into a complex plot.Ryan comes away from the experience with a new appreciation for honesty and the beginnings of empathy towards others.A book with a lot more substance than might be apparent to the casual reader, including the average reviewer.Gary Blackwood
If I could, I'd give it 2.5 stars--I enjoyed the story, but I wasn't hooked enough at the beginning to suspend my disbelief and really get into it. As the story progresses, I did find myself liking the main character more and caring about what happened. Some of the observations near the end, where the protagonist understands more of the other characters' motivations, seem quite pasted on by the author. Also not believable is that the protagonist is only 14, not even in high school--believable enough when we're talking about previous generations in history or even today in many parts of the world, but very unusual for a kid in Canada in the past few decades.
Ryan is 14. He has an alcoholic mother and his father disappeared from their lives when Ryan was so young that he can't remember anything about his dad. Ryan is an actor and he desperately needs work since his mom rarely leaves the house and relies on welfare money to support them (in addition to anything else that Ryan can get through commercials, advertisements, plays, etc.) When he goes to an audition, he meets an unscruplous "agent" who convinces Ryan to impersonate a supposedly dying man's long lost son.Interesting characters with lots of nuance, enough plot suspense to keep the reader thoroughly engaged.
Although this was an interesting book and a quick read, I was left with no closure at the end. What about the family who was lied to??? What about the REAL son and mother? I need more information!
I was not fond of the abrupt ending. Otherwise nicely done.
This was a really entertaining story. It's fast-paced and thought-provoking and while it's not an action or adventure, it will certainly keep the interest of its readers.