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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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Format: eBook ARC
Pages: ca. 600
Debut: July 30, 2012
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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 23
This was.. wow, a journey as romantic as it was poetic! The writing style had me in knots and pieces, from the beginning almost to the end. It had such rhythm that it developed... a force, almost like it was its own being. Maybe it's the peotic structure, or all the muscial terms and expressions, or the both of them combined. What a great way to do a Shakespeare adaption! And just like a musical piece, it had its highs and lows, so it was possible to stop and put it down when it became too much. It was simply amazing.
The story with its characters was just as good. There wasn't exactly that much to discover, but it was good in its simplicity. It wasn't something you had to stop and think about, to figure it out for yourself before you could put it into context with the characters, so it made you able to focus more on the characters and feelings. Okay, I can't imagine a real life story being more complicated than a paranormal or dystopian story, but I still appericiate the down-to-earth reality flash it gives me in between all the craziness I dive into. Plus, it kinda reminds you that life in itself can be cruel and tragic enough wihtout wishing for paranormal and outer-space things to happen.
Juliet as a sheltered high society lady with her own stubborn mind was perfectly reborn in Julia; and Romeo as the loyal, troubled spirit with a drug problem was updated in Reed with a rough background instead of a (at least half-way) steady home. Yet, it was clear he wasn't anything like his brother Cary, who I'd say was both Mercutio and Tybalt put into one. I know it sounds crazy to merge those two, to even think they could fit together into one person, but that's what it feels like -- to me, anyway.
Plotwise, as a remake of Romeo and Juliet, Defy the Stars was... very good. Not totally outstanding, but powerfully written, especially on the emotional level. However, since it was so emitonally charged, I was a little disappointed by the ending. Of course I totally approve of it from the logical and psychological point, and I admit it was an interesting turn of events, but it just ruined the R+J drama ending.
Btw, [careful, spoiler ahead!!!] I don't believe Reed did this to himself, but that those goons his brother owed got to him because he picked that stupid alley, and of course they'd make it look like suicide! He was perfectly fine before, so why should he suddenly do something like that? Not 'coz of that stupid message Perry sent from Julia's phone, you can't believe that, Reed wasn't that stupid. Grr. I guess I'll be angry about this for a little while longer...
Area Scan: Style: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Humor: 3/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
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