All her life, sixteen-year old Piper has been content to go along with her ultraconservative family’s mission to warn the heathens of the impending judgment of God through anti-gay protests. So when she’s cast as Romeo in her school’s production of Romeo & Juliet, Piper is as shocked as everyone else. The production proves to be vastly different than her other on-stage experiences— previously limited to playing “AIDS Girl” in her church’s annual “Hell House”— and Piper soon discovers not only does she love acting, she’s also pretty talented.
The school principal, influenced by people like Piper’s dad, demands that the part of Romeo be recast “appropriately” or the show cannot go on. Now, Piper faces a choice: become the figurehead to appeal the principal’s decision— in direction opposition to her family and everything she’s ever believed—, or accept the message the administration’s ultimatum sends to gay students, including someone she has come to call a close friend. Namely, that they should be ashamed of who they are or whom they happen to love.
For the old Piper, it would have been a no-brainer. But being Romeo has affected her in ways she never imagined, and so has her new friendship. Now Piper finds herself face to face with the real cost of all her family’s efforts, and it challenges everything she thought she knew about life. And God.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fascinating portrait of a girl from an evangelical family learning to make her own judgments about the world and what she believes. Piper's dilemma - deeply wanted to pursue the role of Romeo when it is offered to her, coupled with a very real desire to stay in her family's good graces - was compelling. I especially appreciated how nuanced the portrayal of religion and belief were in this book. It was never a simple either/or, and Piper's struggle to reconcile the faith she had been taught with her own experiences felt very real. It is unusual to see religion and faith dealt with so directly in YA, and I loved the fact that Piper's faith remained crucial to her and influenced her actions, even as she chose a different path than the one her father had laid out for her.