By Annie Dreyer
People used to ask Allie Costa if there were any books she hadnât read.
âYeah, that one over there in Russian,â she would respond grudgingly.
This is not good enough for Costa. Ever since she was two years old and started reading, she has always dreamed of having a bookstore in which she has read every book.
Costaâs dream is slowly coming true. After semester break, she opened up a library in the upper school bookstore for students, parents, teachers, whoever. The only requirement for the books is for Costa to have read all of them. She keeps the books she hasnât read in a pile underneath the bookshelf, and will put them in the library once she reads them. Costa has worked in the literary world since she was in middle school; however, she never had as personal a relationship with the customers as she hoped for.
âNow, itâs personal,â she said.
A self-proclaimed âgeek,â Costa would do her sisterâs college homework for fun when she was in elementary school.
She was ranked number one in her high school, but wasnât financially able to take the AP tests or get an IB diploma, so she couldnât be her class valedictorian.
After finishing high school, Costa got a job working at B. Dalton, a bookstore in her Northern California hometown of Tracy.
When she moved to Southern California almost four years ago to pursue her acting aspirations, Costa transferred to Barnes and Noble and worked there until she came to the upper school bookstore.
âIâm lucky and happy to have her,â Irma Hernandez, assistant director of the bookstore, said. âShe is uplifting and great with students.â
Though quite mentally mature, Costa physically looks quite young.
Just a year ago, after she finished auditioning for a musical review, instead of hearing the usual âThank you, weâll get back to you soonâ or the dreaded, âThanks for your time, but I think weâre looking for something different right now,â
Costa was met with a less conventional response: âOh, that was great honey, but we donât accept minors.â
Costa usually auditions for parts of a 12 year old and says she is lucky to pass for 16.
Her most recent credit was âKitty Claws,â a musical at the Stella Adler Theater, in which she played a cat. Though Costa obviously enjoyed the performing aspect of âKitty Claws,â it didnât hurt that she was playing a cat.
After all, under the heroes section of her Myspace, she lists: âMy cats: Twinkie, Hollywood and Spooky.â
Hollywood is Costaâs current roommate, and Twinkie was the subject of the first song she ever wrote, when she was 3 years old.
Costa also wants to pursue her writing and says âIâm just looking for a good story to tell.â