Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories. Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class. Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other...until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense. Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again. After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them. Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love. [Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well. The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber. With a story, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.]
WOAH. This book was so good. I mean it's a retelling of Romeo & Juliet. I haven't read many retellings of that story but i really REALLY enjoyed this one! ^_^ There were some definitely "Awwww" inducing moments that have you grinning like a fool. Especially when Reed & Julia are slowly starting to connect (fall in love). I LOVED that it could make me do that. Especially because of the writing style. Normally I don't go for books written in free-verse. Only because they tend to confuse me for some unknown reason.=/ BUT this book was the exception. It really captured me from the first page and I think it really let's you think and get to capture the story more fully. Weird but true! The Story was really great. I LOVED Reed's & Julia's complicated and hot romance. Reed is a stoner, but he's got so much more. He seems to really care for Julia and I liked that. Julia is always stuck in her head with music. She really loves it and wants to teach and do her own thing. Which i can relate SUPER well with because i feel the same way with my parents. Overall, I REALLY ENJOYED this book. I recommend you pick this up ASAP, because it will introduce you to a whole new & AWESOME writing style. The LOVED the story and the characters! I give this book 4/5 OUTSTANDING STACKS of BOOKS! =D
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About the Author:
Stephanie Parent is a YA author repped by Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major.Find & Follow her on: Website/ Twitter / Goodreads
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