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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Alexa Cross is desperate to get to Broadway, but when she receives a failing math grade, hopes of a scholarship disappear. Now she’ll need her father’s help to achieve her dream. The only problem is he doesn’t consider her choice of careers to be sensible and after the pain her family has suffered, Alexa can’t go against his wishes. Trapped between a fam ...more
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published June 7th 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Lauren
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've really been in the mood lately for a good YA contemporary romance, and Raise the Curtain managed to fit the bill quite well. Containing likable main characters, a believable romance, and a lot of heart, Raise the Curtain is an absolute treat!

Raise the Curtain features the alternating POVs of Alexa Cross, good girl/aspiring Broadway actress, and West Howell, loner/bad boy. I found both characters to be relatable and easy to root for. Alexa is the perfectionist when it comes to he
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Beth
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am new to Kirby Hall, can't wait to read more from Kirby in the future, love her writing style and how it all played out.... I did receive this ARC for an honest review and my thoughts, I really did love this story of West & Alexa, just an amazing, sweet, innocent, young love, a coming of age story and it was such a quick read for me. I would so recommend it! Enjoy it! must read. ( ;
Seraphia
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Raise the Curtain by Kirby Hall is a teenage drama romance. In this book we are introduced to Alexa. She has big dreams of performing on Broadway and getting out of the town that she has lived in all her life. Only problem is that she is struggling her math class and if she doesn't get her grades up her dad will out a stop to her dreams. She already knows that he's against it in the first place, her acting and performing. However, when she gets into an accident and then her grades tank her futur ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Recently, I have found myself gravitating towards the young adult genre and now and then I would find one that intrigues me. When I read the synopsis for Raise the Curtain, I knew right away; I had to read this book.

What the Story is About

Seventeen-year-old Alexa Cross dreams of one day making it on Broadway. She practices every day to ensure that she gains a scholarship, which would be the first step in realising her dream. However, she faces two obstacles, a failing mat
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Lee
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Alexa is in high school, a good student and a great performer in her school musicals. She dreams of going to college in New York and performing on Broadway. Her lawyer father thinks it's just a hobby for her. When Alexa is distracted by a light in the cemetery one night, she crashes her car trying to miss a deer suddenly in the road. Dazed from the airbag, she barely notices a boy help her out of the car and call for help. She doesn' ...more
Bette H
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific Story & Audible Listen🎧 4.5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Raise the Curtain US
By: Kirby Hall
Narrated by: Amanda Stribling

This is a terrific story, a great young adult romance novel that is well written and well told. The characters are complex and well developed. Alexa, dreams of being on a Broadway stage one day. She lives for theater, acts and sings in her schools productions. She also competed in regionals and her performance won first place. The one thing getting in the way
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Lisa  Montgomery
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
In reality, I would give this book a 3.7 or 3.8. It is a young adult book, but I am accustomed to reading YA literature, so that did not bother me.
The first 2/3 of the book was well put together and fairly clean from typos, etc. But I was disappointed in the ending. I am all about the Happily Ever After kind of ending, but as both West and Alexa are but 17, I felt it was more of a happily for now ending. Nothing wrong with that, just harder to wrap my heart into the HEA.
Moreover, I thought the
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Bethany
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alexa loves theater, but her dad thinks it's a waste of time and wants her to focus on more important things, like her grades. West has a troubled past that still haunts him today and his emotions force him into a state of social withdrawal. Put the two together and you're in for a whirlwind, especially since they're both so stubborn.

West, as expected, thinks he has Alexa all figured out when he's picked to tutor her in math. In his eyes, she's rich, preppy, and snotty, but there's a
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Heather
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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When Alexa falls behind in her math class, her teacher assigns her a tutor to get her grade back up. The problem is her new tutor is West, the loner with an attitude who rubs Alexa the wrong way. Alexa's feelings for West are complicated by his doubts and the fact that her father disapproves of West. They need to overcome much more than Alexa's dad to finally be together.

This book really scratched my YA itch! It's told from alternating points of view, so we get to know both West and Alexa reall
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Candy
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, best-of-2017
Raise the Curtain is a young adult first love kind of story that brings two souls that are broken together and find a way to heal from their tragedies.
West is full of nothing since his sister died and Alexa is just as broken since her mom died as well, these two come from different backgrounds but have a lot in common. Alexa will bring West into the light but will Alexa's over protective dad ruin the only good thing Alexa has had in her life lately? West didn't have much to look forward to till
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Nikki
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book and it had great promise for a YA story.

Alexa is very mature, I will give her that, and her father doesn't let her make any decisions in her own life. Her dream is to be an actress and she enjoys theater in high school but her father doesn't think it's necessary. When Alexa gets a failing grade in Math he immediately forbids her to be in theater.

West is a quiet guy at school who keeps his head down and gets good grades so you know there's
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Isis Ray-sisco
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Raise the Curtain by Kirby Hall is a YA romance story. I enjoyed reading West and Alexa's story. I enjoyed the characters and felt they were believable. I liked that Alexa never gave up on her dream even though her dad didn't believe in her. I also liked the fact that West supported her once he got past himself. The plot moved along at a good pace and the plot was interesting an kept me turning the pages. I thought the ending needed a bit more, which is why I didn't give it a 5 star rating. I wo ...more
Victoria Haugen
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet story about a young girl faced with many mature choices as she comes of age. She wants Broadway, but she also wants West, a guy who is pegged to tutor her in math after a failing grade and lost scholarship. She's torn between the wishes of her father, and her dreams in life. It was very well written and beautifully narrated, I enjoyed it very much and would love to read/listen to more from both author and narrator :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request
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Amanda Williams
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First time reading any of this authors work and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a well thought out and interesting story. I found myself looking forward in anticipation to the next scene. The story flowed very well and at the end I wanted more. This book had me gripped right from the start and there are many twists and turns. I did not want to put it down

This book can be enjoyed time and time again.I highly recommend it.

Will definitely recommend to all friends and family
Jennifer Richey
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntary reviewed this book and this is a new author to me and wow I loved this story line and what interested me most was the blurb and I was hooked from the Begining to the end! And boy did I fall in love with west and Alexis!!! I laughed in majority of the book! I can't wait to read more of her books!!!
Ashley
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun YA contemporary :) I thought the romance was sweet and had a few twists in it. The plot itself was standard, but also interesting. A few things I didn't see coming. Really enjoyed the characters. If you're a fan of YA or just looking for a good romance I suggest reading this one!

First read by Kirby Hall and I'm excited to say I'll be reading more of her work in the future!
my butterflies
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liked it, a lot
Jenhester
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read! What a way to bust into the YA audience/genre! Good mix of drama, teen angst and a touch of young love. You root and sometimes can relate with these characters!
Jennifer
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sweet love story with teenagers.
Mandy Sawyer
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story of young love and the trials and tribulations of a parent being over protective. Good characters. Good storyline. And a great performance from Amanda.
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Kevin Work
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Nov 25, 2017
Valerie
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing young love story. I felt like the author did a marvelous job with character development, plot and storyline and really delivering a coming of age story that helps people believe in young love overcoming all the issues associated with growing up in a troubled world.
I loved Alexa's passion for dance and her drive and commitment to do everything necessary to make her dream a reality. While she loves and respects her father, she doesn't feel like she should have to give up her
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Dawn West
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Romance Review


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A sweet contemporary young adult romance!



Alexa knows what she wants to do after high school. With a scholarship, or even without one, she's taking off to New York with aspirations of finding herself on Broadway. For years, she has been starring in every play and musical her school has to offer and dreaming of the day she will finally escape her hometown for the big apple.

Her father, howeve
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Christina Kirby is the author of the Warm Springs Trilogy, A Face In the Crowd, and writes YA under the name Kirby Hall. She holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University and is currently a stay at home mom to two sons. An avid reader of romance and obsessed with good TV, Christina likes nothing more than to talk pop culture with other fans. She also believes a copy of Entertainment We ...more