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Roman and Jewel.

by Davis, Dana L.

Format: Print Book 2021
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Young Adult IN TRANSIT
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Sewickley Public Library Young Adult New Book IN TRANSIT
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Young Adult New Book
If Romeo and Juliet got the Hamilton treatment...who would play the leads? This vividly funny, honest, and charming romantic novel by Dana L. Davis is the story of a girl who thinks she has what it takes...and the world thinks so, too.

Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway's hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead...and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea--especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless.

Books by Dana L. Davis:
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
The Voice in My Head
Roman and Jewel
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sixteen-year-old Jerzie Jhames has studied voice, music composition and theory, and acting all her life. She's also a walking, talking, singing encyclopedia of Broadway knowledge. Now she's been cast as the understudy for superstar Cinny's "Jewel," the lead in a new Broadway hip-hop retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Immediately, she meets Zeppelin, the model/musician cast as "Roman," and falls hard for him. But when unauthorized videos of rehearsal are anonymously uploaded and go viral, tempers flare, egos combust, and emotions short-circuit. Readers watch Jerzie plunge into the head-spinning world of first love mixed with a fiery helping of fame and tempered by Jerzie's good heart and supportive family. She is a likable and upbeat narrator who sings her way into readers' hearts while carrying her own tune. Despite a semi-clumsy attempt to parallel the Shakespearean masterpiece, Davis hits the stage running with an insider's look at the pre-preview rehearsals for an untested show, a peek into city nightlife, and an unabashed love of musicals. Hand to theater aficionados everywhere."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "All Black 16-year-old Jerzie Jhames wants is to become a Broadway actor--and maybe to change her name (a nod to her home state) to something "more amazing than ever." After seven auditions for Roman and Jewel, the upcoming Broadway "hip-hopera" reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet, Jerzie is informed by the creative team that she's the best Jewel they have seen--but she'll have to play standby to "R&B sensation, double platinum, Grammy award winner" Cinny if she wants to join the production. When a dark-haired, blue-eyed white "pretty boy" accidentally smacks a door into her face at rehearsal, Jerzie discovers that the initiator of her awkward-yet-flirty encounter is actually the 19-year-old leading man, Zeppelin Reid. But their instant chemistry and growing bond is put to the test when a secretly recorded video of Jerzie outperforming Cinny in a romantic scene with Zepp goes viral. Tensions begin rising between Cinny and Jerzie as the latter tries to resist the intriguing, Broadway-quoting Zepp at Cinny's orders while navigating her newfound fame. While inclusive, most of the cast doesn't feel fully fleshed out, but this is a fun romp for Broadway buffs and contemporary romance fans alike. Ages 13--up. Agent: Uwe Stender, Triada US. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Publisher Harlequin Enterprises, Limited2021
Language English
Description 336 p.
ISBN 9781335070623
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