Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love.
Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything.
What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.
Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel.
Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.
Theater people are often superstitious, especially the kids at Beaconville High School, whose drama program's wing is built on the site of a ruined theater and almost certainly cursed. This makes things harder for junior Melody McIntyre, the youngest stage manager in school history, but she's up for it. So after the tech crew decides that more things go wrong when Melody's dating someone, she agrees not to fall in love for the show's duration, even though she's the school's "patron saint of serial monogamy." But when senior Odile Rose, who's already acted in films and television, is cast in the spring musical, she and Mel are immediately attracted to each other. Talley (Music from Another World) divides the story into acts and scenes, studding them with funny tech memos, and has fun portraying the details of running tech, the divide between techies and actors, and the teamwork that theater requires. Mel's efforts to cope with her feelings and stage emergencies make a story that will entertain both true theater geeks and readers who've never considered life onstage or backstage. Ages 14 up. \n