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.
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Defy The Stars is one of the books that is both heart wrenching and heart felt. It grabs you from the beginning and keeps you reading right till the end. This is a story about about three people who all want something but are not so sure they can get it let alone deserve it. The verse writing was only a plus with this story because it made me love the characters more. I could feel what they felt and it kept me reading and reading late into the night.
Julia is a senior and waiting for school to end. She is excited about going to college where she will continue to play the Piano. She is looking forward to getting away from her life and her family. She is also looking forward to getting away from Perry her class mate who is a little crazy about her. He is creepy in more ways then one and she is dying to get away from him. Then things change when she goes to her English class and they begin discussing Romeo and Juliet. The town's bad boy Reed challenges Julia and with that challenge Julia's and Reed's lives will change.
Reed challenges Julia by saying there is such a thing as love at first sight. Julia scoffs at him but as they get closer to one another Julia realizes that there is such a thing and she feels love for Reed. But just like Romeo and Juliet there is Perry and he is determined to ruin what Julia and Reed are establishing. They will have to fight hard to be a couple but in the end what will happen to them? Will Perry ruin them? Will Reed and Julia be able to be together? Will love be enough to break the barriers between Julia and Reed? This is a must read love story because the raw emotions add so much to this story. I promise you you will not be disappointed with this story and I need more from Stephanie Parent!
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.
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