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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

(Better Nate Than Ever #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,570 ratings  ·  405 reviews
Nate Foster's Broadway dreams are finally coming true. Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theatre geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical . It's everything he ever practised his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: full of intimidating child stars, cut-throat understudies ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Mary Catherine
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest and say that I went into Five, Six, Seven, Nate with a bit of trepidation. After all, I loved Better Nate Than Ever so much, how could anything compare?

Tim Federle did it.

Nate Foster did it.

Tim Federle is nothing short of a writing genius because I fell in love with Nate all over again in this sequel. While Better Nate was witty and full of laughs, Five, Six... is more of a coming-of-age story that introduces readers to the inner workings of a Broadway show. Still full of

Nate is a real sweetheart. Impossible not to like him, and his POV makes this book such a fun read.
Jen  Bigheart
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, middle-grade
...when you sneak in the last three chapters on the reference desk and pray no one saw you tear up. Twice. Bravo, Tim (as always)!

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You know what this world needs? Instant, microwavable cupcakes and more books just like this one! Books that are smart, funny, clever, and full of literal laugh out loud moments. More books about boys who just happen to be a little on the short side with ordinary non-Bieber hair who think other boys are cuter than girls. Specifically, more books with gay c
Jen Malone
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Adam Silvera
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tim has done a magical thing and written a sequel that's even better than BETTER THAN NATE EVER. Full review to come in January. ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story picks up where Better Nate left off. I listened to the audio book again and it was also narrated by Tim Federle.

This was a fun story overall. It was neat to see the inner workings of a Broadway production. There were a lot of funny moments, along with some sweet moments that I was not expecting. Some parts felt a little slow, but then they picked up again. Nate reminds me even more of my son than he did in the previous novel!

There were a lot of great surprises that made for an enter
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I was still teaching musical theatre I would make this required reading for all of my students. Heck, I might call each of them up and tell them to read this book anyway. Also, if I ever meet Tim Federle I might just have to hug him for creating these books.

I don't know where to start so I'll just start by saying I adored this series. Every minute of it. I laugh/snorted through most of it, got teary a few times, and then wanted to applaud for Nate through the last 40 pages. Nate is a wonderf
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile, lgbt
I really liked Better Nate than Ever. But I absolutely loved Five, Six seven, Nate! Having gone through the whole "am I or ain't I" thing in my own childhood, I could really feel for Nate (though I think he figured it out waaay earlier in life than I did). So nice to see a book for young readers that just puts the whole gay thing out there, matter of fact, without treating it like it's (a) plutonium that will blow up in your face if handled wrong; (b) teh debbil!, or (c)like, totally awesome and ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: theater geeks
Shelves: arc, fiction, lgbtq, ya
At ALA, this was the one ARC I super wanted to get for myself, because I loved Better Nate Than Ever so much. Anyway I just read this all in one lazy afternoon sitting and it was perfect basically. OK perfect for people who are obsessed with Broadway musicals. Like, theater people love watching the Tonys because it's the one time a year there are nationally televised inside jokes that we get. Well, Tim Federle's books are like nationally published inside jokes for theater people.

I'm honestly int
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lgbtq
I'm again stating for the record that at 14, I wish I had been as mature as Nate is as well as brave. He is just so likable. All you want to do is sit on the sidelines and cheer for him while he does everything. With most sequels you get the same flavor but maybe a little weaker but that was not the case with this book. Tim Federle is such a great writer (as well as narrator) and the adventures our Nate get into in this installment are just as entertaining as Better Nate Than Ever. We see him fo ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this sequel even more than its predecessor BETTER NATE THAN EVER. In fact, I devoured it in two sittings. Although it is technically a book for young readers, it will delight theatre nerds of all ages!
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The adventures of Nate are too good to pass up. He is a heart-warming a refreshing character, who can only hope to be himself. I love the humor and the heart of this series.
I love this book. Or I loved the proof I read of this book. Pretty sure the finished book will only be better. I know I'm giving it five stars and putting it in advocacy which normally would mean I meant four stars plus a bonus to try and influence people to read it but this is five stars without a bonus, can't figure out how to give it six stars, maybe I have to take a star away from another book wait that's not how it works maybe I have to take a star away from every other book ever...

loved th
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that you start reading on the commute home and accidentally skip dinner to finish in one sitting. Not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything.

Tim Federle knows exactly when to be funny (and God, is he ever), when to be poignant, and most impressively, when to convey body-quaking sit-up-straighter excitement. I'm living proof that you don't have to be a theater nut to get sucked into Nate's (and Federle's) magnetic passion for their art. I've never seen gid
Lilian Stanton
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I honestly think I loved this book more than the first one in this series. "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" begins a short while after the events of "Better Nate than Ever." Nate did get the job in the ensemble of "ET: The Musical," and is moving to New York with his Aunt Heidi to work on the show. In New York, Nate realizes that working on a legitimate musical is a lot harder than he dreamed it would be and struggles with this a little, but he works through it and actually ends up more successful than ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I decided to re-read the sequel to one of my all-time favourite books ("Better Nate Than Ever") just because I had re-read the original last year and wanted something light and fun to read while on the plane. Alas, I realized this book is way too enjoyable for a plane ride in which I hoped to be unconscious, so I had to force myself to stop reading. Picked it up again in the new year and I quickly relished re-reading this book again. Continuing where the first book left off, this is also just as ...more
Dov Zeller
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't disappointed by this sequel to "Better Nate Than Ever." There are a few complaints I could lodge. There is not a convincing build up to a connection between two characters (I will not spoil), but it's still a great connection. And, um, what ever happened to Freckles? Did I miss something? Wasn't he Nathan's aunt's roommate in the first book?

All in all it was sweet and entertaining, a nice mash up of slapstick mistakes and heart-warming come-backs. And I really enjoyed the friendship be
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-mg
Favorite line in the audiobook: "God, it's amazing watching a real actress use a prop." - when Nate watches his aunt take a sip from an empty thermos to cover up her discomfort with a guy hitting on her. ...more
Bibi Larson
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nate the great was great on Broadway! He has a good heart and is very naive and simple. His values and honesty is refreshing. His compassion and enthusiasm is infective. Nate is on his way to fulfilling his dream of fitting in society.
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and awww-worthy. I love Nate ❤️
Any theatre kid needs to read this! I think it's awesome that Tim Federle has written such a great character as Nate.
For anyone who has ever dealt with stage moms, bad directors, new directors, child stars, washed-up celebrities, unsung heroes, the overworked backstage crew, show development, flops, loves a witty sense of humor and many musical theatre references (used to cover up swear words), this is a fun piece. The thing I like about it is that it does take a VERY honest approach to kids wo
Amy Nicole
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just so so fun! Nate is navigating Broadway with his debut role as alien #7 in E.T.: The Musical. The humor is hilarious and witty and the inside jokes about theater and musicals will definitely hit with a bang. Enjoyable, funny middle grade! I also absolutely love that Nate is allowed to be a gay character who has a three dimensional personality and problems to solve outside of his sexuality.

Rating note - There was one mention about a “male porno magazine” being found in a locker. It
A beautiful sequel. We all enjoyed it and I often think sequels don't live up to their predecessors. I loved the reality of dysfunctional parents with no resolution. Often this is the case in real life and I appreciate Federle not tying this part of story up with a bow. Also grateful for Isela, Aunt Heidi and the loving adults in Nate's life. A wonderful and awkward first kiss scene. Cheering for Nate has been so much fun. Tim Federle is a great narrator, besides being a wonderful writer. A must ...more
Alex  Baugh
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Nate Foster, 13, is back and now, he's in a Broadway show. As you may or may not remember, in Better Nate Than Ever, Nate from Jankburg PA took a Greyhound bus to New York City one night, unbeknownst to his parents, and auditioned for a part in E.T., the Musical. Well, everything that could go wrong did go wrong but in the end Nate manages to land himself an small part playing Alien #7, but he's also the understudy for the part of ET. Now, he's living in Queens with his Aunt Heidi and the two ar ...more
This was good, but not quite as good as the first one.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is so much fun to read! I have not laughed at a story in such a long time. It has such a positive message.
Cynthia Parkhill
Continuing story of protagonist's experience on Broadway as an understudy for E.T., the Musical. Great fun, full of suspense and drama. ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had had a Nate to be my best friend in middle school.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
L❤VE me some Nate! Hell ... I AM Nate!! 👍🥰👍
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this book. Yes, it’s a little cheesy and unrealistic, but it’s juvenile fiction, you have to make some allowances for that. And it’s about running away to be on Broadway! How is that not the best thing ever?
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Tim Federle is an award-winning writer whose works include the New York Times notable books "The Great American Whatever" and "Better Nate Than Ever," the global bestseller "Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist," and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "Tuck Everlasting."

A native of San Francisco who grew up in Pittsburgh, Tim now divides his time between New York City and the inte

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