Better Nate Than Ever is a new book, just released this year. It’s about a boy who feels out of place in his small hometown in Pennsylvania and dreams of performing on Broadway. He runs away from home to audition for a lead in a musical, and has a wonderful time in New York City. It’s well written and entertaining, but not for my kids.
I found Better Nate Than Ever on Amazon’s bestsellers for ages 9-12, and quite frankly, I would not recommend this for that age range at all. There is strong language and the main character, a thirteen-year-old boy, goes through a homosexual awakening. I gave this book an Extreme Caution rating in Romance/Sex because Nate slowly notices that he is attracted to other men. This is offensive to many parents, and I wanted to be clear that homosexuality is presented as normal and natural in this book.
The author, Tim Federle, plans to release a sequel next year.
The message of this book is to believe in your dream, persevere, and be kind to others.
My Mom-Meter gives Better Nate Than Ever an overall safety rating of 4 (Extreme Caution) for ages 12 and up.