Star-Crossed By Barbara Dee

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 

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I’d been wanting to read this book since I heard it was coming out, so it was really great that I was able to read it last month.  Though I do have to say I really dislike the cover, I know the book is Middle Grade but the cover looks more appropriate for a picture book.

That said this is a great story and I’m glad I read it. Star-Crossed is super cute, the main character Mattie is super cute and smart and enjoyable to read about. She’s also bisexual, which is a plus. It’s really nice to see a Middle Grade book that focuses so realistically on how confusing it can be to navigate crushes. Gemma is also a great character, I loved how encouraging a friend she was to Mattie and how their relationship was built from there.

I really liked Mattie’s English teacher, he was very kind and I loved how Mattie looked up to him. It was nice to see an adult being involved in the story in such a positive way.  Sometimes YA and other books tend to have absent parents, or just plain thoughtless adults, so this book was a nice change.

In the end I gave this book 4 stars, and I recommend it to you all.

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