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 ...more
What a fantastic book! I love seeing representation aimed towards young readers and this is such great representation. The main character is kind, intelligent, and relatable. The exploration of her bi identity is wonderful, it doesn't fall into tired tropes and stereotypes, and there are enough scenes that explain the nuances of her identity and the reasons she's struggling with it/ why other people react the ways they do, without feeling preachy or overly educational. Also, the entire ...more
This was amazing RTC
Edit: APR 18
YALL I HOLD THIS BEAUTY IN MY HANDS ITS STUNNING IRL
Edit: SEPT 28th
IT HAS BOTH GIRLS DANCING TOGETHER RIGHT ON THE COVER AGSHDFJFJD
A MG F/F WITH A BI MAIN CHARACTER YOU GUYS I WANT IT NOW
We need more books like this one. The kids around the world need them.
Because I wish I had a book like this to read, back when I was 12.
I'm screaming this is everything I want. A lgbtqai+ middle grade with Shakespeare mixed in it OMG gimme gimme gimme
If you're wondering about the representation: I thought I heard that this book included the word "bisexual", but it didn't. Still, it was very clear that Mattie acknowledges that she has the capacity to have crushe ...more
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 fr ...more
Mattie is in middle school, and her friends Lucy and Tessa know that she's had a crush on Elijah forever. The friends like to hang out, and try to stay on the good side of popular Willow, who can be very mean. When the school play is Romeo and Juliet, Mattie is thrilled that she gets a major part, and is okay with the fact that Mr. Torres, the director, wants her to work with Liam, the actor who has been cast as Romeo. New girl Gemma has been cast as Juliet, and Mattie th ...more
This book is adorably sweet, as is appropriate for a middle grade / t ...more
But this book is so charming--an eighth-grade girl who ends up realizing she has a crush on th ...more
That said, I'm really very glad this book was written. The thing about reading both George and Grayson last year (along wi ...more
This is a really cute middle grade retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Not only is this a loose retelling of the famous tragedy, but the plot also focuses on an eighth-grade production of the play, with each of the book’s characters cast as their own counterpart, for the most part.
Our Romeo is 12-year-old Mattie, who has just recently gotten over her crush on Elijah (our Rosaline, if you will), and is discovering slowly that she has a ...more
So, I loved the book. It's great having a young reader book about exploring/understanding your sexual orientation. Throughout the book, everybody was totally fine with Mattie having a crush on a girl. They acted like it was a perfectly normal thing (because it is). Her sister was really supportive, her best friend was really supportive. Everybody told her to go for it. She shouldn't be afraid. And this message is wonderful. To show young kids that it's okay to have "not straight" ...more
Whoohoo, I finally get to review this book! I had it on hold at the library for sometime before it was released March 14. I felt like I had to wait agggeeees for it to come in. I would have bought it at Chapters but they didn’t have it in store. Anyway. I was able to enjoy the entire book last Sunday while I was out at the lake.
What I love most about Star-Crossed is that it doesn’t complicate Mattie’s feeling. Mattie recently had a crus ...more
I really, really, really enjoyed this book. First, it made me like Shakespeare more than I did before. Second, I think that it dealt with sexual identity in a gentle and realistic manner.
I must admit that Shakespeare is a fear of mine because I just never have felt like I got him the way I should as an English Lit major and English teacher; however, it is what it is. When I see Shakespeare plays, I am always transported in ...more
Date Reviewed: 4 March 2017
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Thank You Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing and NetGalley for giving an eARC for an honest review.
I remember when I came across a post about this very book on Tumblr. Normally, I kept scrolling, but something caught my attention. It was the fact there was two girls on the cover dancing looking like Romeo & Juliet. I am not a majo ...more