would it mean that you were g a y, or a l e s b i a n, or whatever word you were supposed to call it, if you liked only one particular girl?
Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing—and, if all that wasn’t enough: British. As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma and confused, since, just days before, she had found herself crushing on a boy named Elijah. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama! In this sweet and funny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life.
This was an incredibly cute read. Sometimes I found myself eye-rolling at the… obnoxiousness of middle school drama but I’m sure I was that obnoxious in middle school, so I got over it.
I remember, when I was a… senior? Probably a senior, I couldn’t figure out why I was so weirdly obsessed with this girl and I spent most of the homecoming dance orchestrating ways to walk past her and honestly I sympathize with Mattie so much with this inner realization of ‘oh shit I’m not straight’, and my friend was the one who told me what I was feeling. Eventually, seven years later I realized I was asexual but that’s a different book.
“Just because I’m over Elijah doesn’t mean I can’t crush on a boy.”
*dances* explicit, positive bisexual representation in a middle grade book? This is a thing of beauty.
The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, not in the least, but now that I think about it, I think it’s definitely better that way.
I’ll be giving away five copies of this wonderful book to five lucky winners.
Star-Crossed is a lovely and light-hearted story of young romance that blossoms as an eighth grade class puts on a production of Romeo and Juliet. The book shows quite a dedication to Shakespeare’s classic as it parallels the lives of the students. Matilda “Mattie” Monaghan is a charming protagonist and narrator who is immediately smitten with British transfer student Gemma Braithwaite. Mattie loves to read and quickly learns to love the Bard’s words in Romeo and Juliet. When Gemma lands the role of Juliet, Mattie can’t help but be entranced by the performance. Mattie begins to unravel her developing feelings and worries about what her closest friends and classmates might think of her. Watching the story unfold is a magical experience and has left this reader wanting more.
I very much enjoyed this book and I want more people to be able to enjoy it too. I’d urge everyone to buy this book when they can. It really is a joy to read. This kind of positive energy needs to be out there in the world and I want to do my part to help make sure more people are able to read it.
RULES OF THE GIVEAWAY
1) Reblog to enter. Limit 1 entry per person.
2) Contest ends April 7th at 11:59pm EDT.
3) Winners must be willing to provide a mailing address or put the book on a public Amazon wishlist.
4) Shipping is limited to wherever Amazon (US) will ship to. Seems like it has a decent variety of options, but you may want to double check before you enter. If you win and it turns out Amazon can’t ship it to you, I’ll have to redraw for that copy.
5) Five winners will be chosen from among the contestants by a random number generator. Winners will be announced and contacted shortly after 12:00am EDT on April 8th. The sooner you reply, the sooner your book gets ordered and shipped.
Supergirl “Star-Crossed” Description: Teri Hatcher, Darren Criss & Kevin Sorbo Guest
TERI HATCHER (“DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES,” “LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN”) AND KEVIN SORBO (“HERCULES”) GUEST STAR; DARREN CRISS (“GLEE”) MAKES HIS DEBUT AS THE MUSIC MEISTER – A new villain (guest star Teri Hatcher) comes to National City, putting Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) on high alert. Meanwhile, Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) girlfriend, Lyra (guest star Tamzin Merchant), gets Winn in trouble with the law. Maggie (Floriana Lima) attempts to help Winn but old loyalties get in the way. The Music Meister (Darren Criss) attacks Supergirl. John Medlen directed the episode written by Katie Rose Rogers & Jess Kardos (#216). Original airdate 3/20/2017. (x)