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When Mattie's cast as Romeo in an eighth-grade play, she's confused to find herself increasingly attracted to Gemma, a new classmate who's playing Juliet.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2017.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481478489
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Starcrossed


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ChiPubLib_Kids Jan 16, 2020

Being cast in Romeo and Juliet helps Mattie find her voice - and her first crush, Gemma.

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

Mattie and her friends are delighted when Romeo and Juliet is selected as the eighth grade class play. Of course, Liam, the class heartthrob, is cast as Romeo and Gemma, the beautiful and mysterious new student from England, is cast as Juliet. A natural born performer, Mattie is too shy to seek t... Read More »

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Jan 27, 2020

I loved this book, it felt nice to have something to relate to. I wish there were more books like this one. It is difficult to find books like this.

Jun 16, 2019

This book is a great middle grade book! Mattie is a great protagonist for those middle-schoolers who are starting to have crushes that are high stakes! Mattie's voice is fantastic and the book does a great job of showcasing how Mattie handles navigating liking a girl for the first time.

Jul 27, 2018

This book is super cute and a great read for middle grade readers who are LGBTQ (or questioning)--and their parents, friends, and their parents' friends. Having a crush in middle school is a high stakes experience, or at least it can feel that way, but when your crushes are outside of social expectations the stakes get even higher. This book captures that feeling, of being young and uncertain, delightfully, while also working to calm fears that kids might be feeling. Well-written, with charming, realistic characters, I strongly recommend it.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

I really enjoyed this story and the main characters struggle to talk to and perform a play with a person she has a crush on.

Jan 20, 2018

This book was absolutely adorable, and such a perfect addition to the LGBTQ canon for kids. It is extremely realistic in the struggles of a normal middle school viewpoint, with the added tumult of going against heteronormativity, i.e. Mattie realizing she has a crush on Gemma, and her confusion and fear of teasing if her crush is discovered by her classmates. I adored the supporting characters, both literally (meaning the background) and figuratively (meaning they were loving and nonjudgmental). There is an amazing moment when the teacher explains why "That's gay" is an inappropriate insult, and Mattie's sister Cara explains that liking a girl is no different than liking a boy, and crushes are embarrassing either way. Plus, Tessa spewing Shakespearean insults every other page is hilarious. Five stars!!

May 08, 2017

ADORABLE. I loved this from the start! Mattie is a wonderful lead and I thought the voice was pitch perfect. It felt appropriately middle grade without feeling young. It's a liiittle heavy on the Shakespeare and feels rushed at the end, but those are my only complaints. Star-Crossed is seriously adorable and fun and I liked the depiction of 8th grade and their R&J play, and Gemma! Mattie doesn't use labels in this book but it's clear that she's figuring herself out and it warmed my heart, watching her begin to trust herself and her friends/family. I loved her relationship with her siblings. I'll be interested to see what other reviewers think of the rep but I thought it was lovely. A quick read worth your time with a seriously cute cover!


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