From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–Bringing Shakespeare to a modern suburban New Jersey high school, Sutherland tells her story through e-mails, notes passed between classes, diaries, poems, and short plays. The players: Helena and Hermia, best of friends; Dimitri and Alex, love interests of the two girls; and a cast of extras including the football team, overbearing fathers, and teachers. The plot follows A Midsummer Night's Dream
, with the two girls becoming involved in a play within a play, happy accidents forcing love interests, and betrayals all around. Very Shakespearean in plot design, the book is all modern in dialogue and setting. The plot: Helena and Hermia are both in love with boys who do not seem to catch on. The girls are involved in a high-school production of Romeo and Juliet
, which Hermia longs to star in. The drama teacher decides to make the production an all-male cast, crushing Hermia's chances. Meanwhile, her friend (and love interest) Alex has bought tickets for an interactive theater piece in New York City, one of her dreams come true. Her father forbids her to go, so she sneaks out. Dimitri, Helena's love interest, has become infatuated with Hermia, and to win his attentions, Helena tells him where her friend has gone. Many twists and turns (and a few surprises) lead the girls into their true love's arms, and all's well that ends well. This is a fun novel with interesting characters and a variety of writing styles that will strongly appeal to romance fans and drama enthusiasts.–Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR
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“Many twists and turns. ... This is a fun novel with interesting characters and a variety of writing styles that will strongly appeal to romance fans and drama enthusiasts.” (School Library Journal)
“Clever touches and an encouraging message about taking control of one’s destiny make this entertaining.” (Publishers Weekly)