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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The high school play is in two months and senior Wren Barlow just became director. Wren still isn't over the fact that she got stiffed as a stagehand instead of the lead role that she totally deserved. Now she is in charge of rehearsals, costumes, navigating around cast member hookups and managing the real life drama at home.

The principal counts on her to succeed because t
Paperback, 1, 194 pages
Published February 15th 2014 by 336Love (first published February 14th 2014)
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was a short and perfectly cute and predictable book to end the year.

This book had everything that I normally do not want to read about, namely: a quite predictable plot, immature characters (even the adults), instant love connection, dramadramadrama and more teenage drama…do I need to go on? But from the summary I figured as much and knowing that, I expected it, which made it not annoying at all.

The one thing that did annoy me was the wrapping up of the story. There was such a build up, s
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
3.5 stars

Super quick read but irritated that the MC was always so quick to jump to the wrong conclusion without waiting for an explanation.
Cassandra Giovanni
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating 5 Stars

-Book Description: 4

-Cover: 5

-Plot: 3.5

-Creativity: 3.5

-Grammar: 3.5

-Simile Use: 5 (minimal usage)

-Description: 5 (very well written)

-Show And Tell Balance: 5

The cover of this book is what initially drew me in, it promised a quick cute romance, and the description only helped to build this impression. That is exactly what this novel delivered. In the novel, Wren a senior in high school, is looking for a scholarship and needs some extra credits in theater to do it. The only
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely geared t'wards the YA crowd. That being said it was a cute one sit read that detailed the the problems of one teen who is trying to bolster her college resume by joining the cast of the school play. Inadvertently she finds herself as the props director and understudy to the main female lead. She also finds herself attracted to the "bad boy" at school, a definite taboo for her career path. It all plays out in a very cute way and as with many "bad boys" in novels, all is no ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not how high school theater works. Also, I don't think people actually act this way in real life. The main character was a pain in the ass and I wanted to throttle her most of the time because she made terrible decisions.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was cute, but the story line wasn't anything special and the female protagonist kind of drove me crazy.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not sure this was good, but I’m giving it 3 stars because I finished it. There were several times I wanted to just put it down because I kept asking myself, what’s the point of continuing to read? I’m all for happy, fluffy contemporary YA books, and yes some are just bad. But they’re fun and light and this book was neither fun nor light. There were some deep issues that the author glazed over, and there could have been some good “how can teens deal with these issues” moments that were just l ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-2017
Wren The main character is Sudley thrown in to the director position of her schools play she also holds the role as understudy for the lead character during the course of the play she come up again drama and a romantic the limits

I really enjoyed this book it was the light and fluffy read in something it was very easy Terry however at certain parts of this book I found it difficult to like Wren she jumped to conclusions and a lot of times I just rolled my eyes she was making things a lot more c
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So much potential but too much drama (aside from the play, obviously).
For a short story, this took me quite a while to finish.
Understudy is Predictable, but a cute short read!
Some concepts were unrealistic, like a principal blackmailing a student essentially, and there was a tad too much drama for my taste.
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun high school romance. A great afternoon read if you need something to calm down after a too intense book.
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 Stars

So honestly, I kinda expected this to be totally cute and fluffy - all about the romance kinda book.
But Understudy wasn't really what I'd expected.
As I started, I wasn't really impressed with two things: Wren the protagonist, the entire story is told from her POV and also the writing style - it seemed kinda simplistic.
BUT the story line kept me going. While it is angsty, a wee bit predictable (ok quite a lot predictable) it also was funny, entertaining and captivating. So much so that w
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
This book is about Wren, a high school senior and an aspiring interior designer. She wants to go to a prestigious arts college, but the only thing keeping her away from that is the dreaded extracurricular activities section. So, what does she decide to do to fix that? Join the school play.... that's being directed by her Aunt, Ms. Barlow. Wren wants the lead, but of course she gets the role as lead stagehand and understudy to the lead.

In drops the dangerous Derek, a mystery to the whole school
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Understudy is a young adult high school play story. It ended up being super cute. I can't get enough of stories that center around plays, but Understudy had all of the aspects that I love about this sub-genre theme, and yet it still felt kind of different. Wren's aunt is the theater theater at the school and she wrote the script to the play. Wren tried out for the lead role, and her aunt had the audacity to tell her not fat AT ALL NIECE t
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
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This was a really cute and quick read. The story centers around Wren, a budding interior designer, who is trying to bag the lead role in the school play so as to have something good on her resume when applying for college. Her aunt is directing the play and is a major drama queen. I really did not like that woman. She was so horrible to Wren. When she throws a hissy fit and quits her job, the role of director lands on Wren's shoulders. That is an enormous tas
Michelle Sedeño
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Escapist.


When you know the title of the book--Understudy--and started reading, you'll know what this book is obviously about and what will happen eventually. However, even if I know what will happen next, I still read it because well, it sounds cute and my kind of read.

Wren auditioned on their school play for the main role not because it's her dream but because it would look good on her college application. Unfortunately, her teacher-slash-aunt turned her down and g
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book with the intention of reading a theatre-centered novel. Unfortunately for me, it was another one of those teen love stories. The story follows a girl named Wren who wants to be an interior designer when she ‘s older. Wren’s Aunt Sophie taught theatre at Wren’s high school. Wren decided to audition for the show that her aunt wrote and is directing. Wren is unhappy with her part, but soldiers on because she is the lead’s understudy and she is in charge of set and props. Wren’s aun ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars but it was really more like 3 1/2. It was about a girl who was forced to direct her school play when her aunt suddenly quit, all of the things that go wrong and threaten her success, and the stagehand that captured her attention but had too many secrets. It was a good story and held my interest throughout. The characters were great too. They each had their own separate personalities and voices which was nice because too many indie authors write all of their characters ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
With college scholarships looming close and being in the top 10 finalists, Wren discovers that maybe the clue to getting pushed further into the application is by participating in school extra-curriculum activities , so she signs up for the school play which happens to be directed by the school drama teacher - her Aunt Ms Barlow. Wren doesn't get a proper part in the play and is designated to stage design and listed to play "understudy" of the main character if Gwen Summers does not pull throug ...more
Paige Turner
This was such a cute romance and I loved it. There were some things I didn’t like, but I still I adored Understudy .

Wren Barlow, truly an amusing and engaging character. Young wrote her as a realistic and relatable teenager and I was impressed. Instead of making Wren “not like other girls.” or “better than the rest.” or giving Wren the usual “I’m not fat, but when I look in the mirror…” in order to make her somewhat relatable. Wren was just Wren and that’s all she needed to be in order to be a
Amber (bookstacksamber)
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a quick fluffy read. I found the main character really frustrating sometimes, especially the way she treated the love interest, but I can also understand her reactions and I think it was realistic. The aunt in the story was just plain awful. I was hoping for some explanation for why she was such a terribly miserable person but that wasn't ever explained. I loved the main male character. It's always refreshing to have a love interest who doesn't treat the female lead like garbage at any ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, epub
So.... I don't know where to start...
It wasn't bad... but it wasn't as I expected. I expected better... The characters were really immature, and the adults even more. Aunt Barlow was the most immature and stupid woman ever! She was annoying! And acted like a stupid little brat! What the heck was wrong with her???
Wren... she was...not bad, not good. Derek... was actually nice. But he had his immature moments too. Margot.... annoying.
The story... was nice. But it's like something was missing...
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fun, entertaining, a perfect weekend read!

I love how vividly the voice comes across in this story of Wren not getting what she wants, but nevertheless finding her course along an uncertain path. One of my favorite qualities of Wren's is she loves woodworking and does her own thing, despite convention, yet she's an everyday girl the reader can relate too. I really enjoy this author's work and look forward to reading more.
Perks Of Being A Fangirl
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: all-is-dandy
The question is 'did I like it?' and my answer is

This book had some really good developed ideas however sometimes I felt like the pace dragged on which made me demotivated to finish the book despite it being fairly short.
A.N. Willis
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, light-hearted read--perfect for summer! I was in a high school play (once upon a time) and this book brought back so many memories. Derek had a sexy, bad-boy vibe, and Wren was a likable yet flawed character (and flawed main characters are so much more interesting right?) Cheyanne Young is a really talented author; the snarky/witty/cute voice was hilarious and spot-on. I'm officially a fan!
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Super cute, review to come
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a cute story!! Wren was an awesome heroine. I loved Derek as well. Fast paced and kept me interested!!
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The only I have to say is that I just fell in love with this book.
This was a fun, quick read!
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Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. She works in education and writes books for young adults. (and the young adults at heart)

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