ARC Review: Intermission by Serena Chase


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We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more.

And this kiss . . .

This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

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2.5-3/5 Stars 

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Candent Gate

Intermission made me rage. It made me angry, and sad, and full of righteous indignation for Faith. The most powerful and compelling aspect of this story is the subtle and systematic way that we dismiss and accept emotional abuse, especially if it is by a parent. Faith’s mother projects her fears and insecurities and worse, her disrespect and hatred for her sister on her daughter just because she isn’t a mirror image of her perfect, blonde, athletic ideal. What she subjects Faith to because she refuses to believe her daughter despite literal proof is disgusting and mortifying. I mean, the emotions are strong in this story. It totally consumed my thoughts. And that no one even tries to step in. It drove me insane. 

As a former musical theater kid, the references to both popular and obscure songs made me obscenely happy. Get ready to open Spotify and belt out some tunes. 

I had a rough time wading through the story. Apart from the general mother-daughter drama and the soft romance between Faith and Noah, the pacing was extremely slow and the plot lagged. Many scenes blurred together, I skimmed sections, not much happened. 

Secondary characters shifted in and out of focus, but they were more like sketches than anyone who could tug on your heart-strings or get you to invest. Their personalities were there, but there wasn’t enough time with them to build a connection or even like them. Faith’s so-called best friend had a handful of scenes and they weren’t particularly flattering or long. 

Faith and Noah’s relationship is a friendship built on purity, trust, and absolute understanding. There’s no real fire there, only utter compassion and adoration. That being said, their moments are so fast, so short, and lack romance even when they were “allowed” to be romantic. 

Intermission is a clean, Christian story. There are a lot of Bible references, prayers, and trust in God. Perseverance and putting absolute faith in God plays a heavy and important hand in how these characters grow, react, and respect each other. 

Lovely reading, 

Jordan

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