Tricia Drammeh is one of my favorite authors because she writes awesome books, and this story was no exception.
Rowan harbors a tragic past; one night changed her life from a cheerful drama girl into a fearful zombie. After months of “dropping out” of the world, the senior play entices her to come back – just in time to notice Eddie, a hot senior football player who has trouble of his own. When she lands the part of Juliet to his Romeo she’s ecstatic, but is he really the bad boy everyone thinks he is, or has he just gotten a rough deal being one of the few poor students in a rich school?
Tricia’s ability to write real characters continues to astound me. Rowan, Eddie, her father, any one of these people could walk right out of the pages and drop into the world next to you and fit right in. She is so good at capturing the personalities and nuances of the people she writes about. She also captures the pettiness of high school – the good, the bad, and the in between: that time when getting a zit or dropping you notebooks in the hall was the most embarrassing thing that could happen to you – and then she gives her characters something real to deal with. They don’t respond in a too mature way, like so many YA books that leave you thinking “What? no way would a 17 year old do that!” but they also aren’t annoyingly immature, either. That’s why Tricia remains one of my favorites.