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Lauren Played by Margaret Lynette Sharp
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it was amazing

Lauren Played with Imagination

The title is obviously a triple entendre, but in the end, Lauren isn't "played" at all, but if "the play's the thing," she goes off stage a winner.

What is most striking about this romantic set piece is not that it's a page-turner (which it is), or that the narrative and the dialogue synchronize with poetic precision (which they do)... but that Lauren, a young woman barely seventeen, is so authentic, so believable in every way, in her every thought, as she navigates the emotional transition between her first relationship and the one certain to succeed.

Stories of young women who want to act tend to be formulaic, the heroines secure and determined and manipulative, but this one isn't. Lauren is insecure, uncertain, introspective -- talented but modest, wanting to keep her personal and professional aspirations in check -- but she misses nothing, and all her emotions ring true as crystal. The final scene is heartwarming. Five stars.
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November 24, 2013 – Shelved

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