Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite's Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing — and, if all that wasn't enough, British.<br /><br />As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma, and more than a little bit confused. Hasn't she been crushing on Elijah only a few days before? And if that wasn't enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama.<br /><br />In this sweet and funny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life.