Life in the Pit
by Kristen Landon
Published: November 11, 2008
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback (248 pages)
Plain, normal Brittany has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful, popular friend Amanda. Amanda has a new boyfriend every week; Brittany doesn't date. Amanda is the star of the school musical; Brittany watches from behind her cello in the orchestra pit. But then, the hot lead in the play starts showing an interest in Brittany and not because she's Amanda s best friend. At the same time, Amanda and Brittany both get threatening anonymous letters. Brittany doesn't know what to do: a guy likes her, and she and Amanda are in danger. Has the world gone insane?
Life in the Pit was a cute, quick romance that piqued my interest because the main character is a cellist and I love the cello! The story revolves around a play that isn’t real, but sounds like a mash-up of every Jane Austen novel ever written with a dash of Clue. Brittany is playing in the orchestra pit for the play while her best friend Amanda stars in it. The plot was a little over-dramatic and cheesy sometimes but still entertaining, cute, and fun.
Amanda and Brittany felt like frenemies at first. I had one of those in high school. But their relationship grows as the story grows on and I could see that they cared about each other. The boyfriend is cute, impulsive and thoughtful. Brittany is insecure but relatable. And Brittany is a terrible detective. Like laughably bad. But oh well. Brittany really grows by the end of the story and I enjoyed watching her become more confident.
It was pretty obvious who the “mystery” sabatoger of the play was, but when I found out the motive it was so bizarre that I was just like…..okay….. I have no words, really.
Overall, a fun contemporary romance that was only a little cheesy from a lovely local author of mine.
Content Rating: Mild. Pretty clean. Kissing mentioned once or twice.