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.
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!!
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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