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The Imposter

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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. Burto ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 30th 2012 by Red Deer Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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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.
Jean Blackwood
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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 en ...more
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 ...more
Kim Kanofsky
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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!
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was not fond of the abrupt ending. Otherwise nicely done.
Rachel Seigel
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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He grew up in rural Cochranton, Western Pennsylvania. He attended school in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. While a college student, Blackwood published his first short story, Cliffs of Gold, in Twelve/ Fifteen magazine. Blackwood's first book was The Lion and the Unicorn, which he published when he was nineteen. Blackwood sets h ...more
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