Published by Curiosity Quills Press on August 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When sixteen-year old Piper is cast as Romeo in her school’s production, she’s as surprised as everyone else. Not only because she’s a girl, but also because she’s from one of the region’s most notorious ultraconservative families.
But when the school principal demands that the part be recast “appropriately” or the show cannot go on, Piper faces a choice: become the figurehead to appeal the principal’s decision or accept the message the administration’s ultimatum sends to the school’s gay students, including her new friends. Namely, that they should be ashamed of who they are or whom they happen to love.
Pitched as Dirty Dancing meets Saved!, when the daughter of one of the region's most notorious ultraconservative families is cast as Romeo in her school production, drama is sure to follow.
This Above All was a really great book. It was a unique contemporary read. You all know that my favorite genre isn’t contemporary, but this book is really making me want to read more contemporaries. I related to the characters, and the plot was unique, frustrating, funny. So many adjectives to describe this book. I love Broadway, you guys already know. Heck. I named my blog Reading In the Rain. And then when I saw my second favorite musical was one of the main character’s favorite musical (*cough* Evita *cough*) just made me love her even more.
Her shyness was something that really affected her and I could see her change throughout the book little by little. There really isn’t any character that I do not like from this book…other than her family. Boy do I not like them. i understand that this is her family and she needs to stand by their religion…but family does come first. Shouldn’t you expect to respect your own children even if they disagree with what you believe in.
The whole controversial topic in the book was that why should Piper a girl be playing the main MALE lead in Romeo and Juliet. Here is the answer! She was the best for it!! Little fun fact about Gabi. In the 8th grade, I was in a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. And I played Romeo. So again I relate to the main character….but we didn’t have any boys in the drama class so that adds on to that…
The romance wasn’t the main part of the book, but I really did like it. I believe that the friendship aspect was the bigger part in this book. Well bigger than Romance. Tony was a brilliant character in this book, probably even my favorite.
I don’t really like reading about controversial books that much because I feel like reading is an escape from the world I am living in right now, so I don’t read these types of books often. Yet I do love every single one that I read. This being one of them. I truly recommend this book to y’all. Especially beginners in the contemporary region…and Broadway lovers 😉