This story centers on an 8th-grade production of Romeo and Juliet. There is a lot of Shakespeare referenced as well as some modern mean girl stuff. I wasn't expecting to be delighted with this story. Inclusivity is stressed by Mattie's friends and sister as she navigates her first crush on a girl. I liked that she didn't label herself and no one else expected her to. Middle school was a long time ago for me, and my kids didn't attend brick and mortar schools at that age and this reinforced my feelings on that matter. I think that enough is going on at that age without lumping all those kids together so that they can annoy each other. Not all the kids in the book were mean, but enough of them that it stood out to me. Let's put it this way, if you are homeschooling and are trying to sell your kid on going to middle school, this may not be the book for you.
I fully support the statement that "interesting people shop at vintage stores" I find that to be very true and overall I loved Mattie's happy ending. I do recommend this book- and maybe I'm a bit out of touch when it comes to middle school behavior.
Star Crossed By Barbara Dee