STARRED REVIEW
June 2018

A sweet tale of backstage romance

By Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley

High school senior Megan Harper has always shied away from the spotlight. She loves the theater, but she wants to direct, not star. And Megan might be an incorrigible flirt, but she’s never been anyone’s true love. In fact, the many boys she’s dated have a history of finding their perfect matches right after they’ve dumped her.

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High school senior Megan Harper has always shied away from the spotlight. She loves the theater, but she wants to direct, not star. And Megan might be an incorrigible flirt, but she’s never been anyone’s true love. In fact, the many boys she’s dated have a history of finding their perfect matches right after they’ve dumped her.

When Megan—whose drama school application requires her to have some acting experience—accidentally lands the lead role in Romeo & Juliet, she’s terrified, especially when it turns out she’s acting opposite her most recent ex, who’s now madly in love with her best friend. Consequently, Megan is eager to find her next fling—but maybe she needs to slow down and find someone who believes that even supporting characters deserve their own happy endings.

Writing duo Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka know of what they write—they met in high school while studying Shakespeare. Readers will relate to Megan’s exuberant voice and her endearing imperfections, as well as to the challenges of balancing complex families, academic ambition and (maybe) love, all while trying to put on a show.

The course of true love never did run smooth—but, as in Shakespeare, navigating the rough parts is what makes for a funny, romantic and memorable story.

 

This article was originally published in the June 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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Always Never Yours

Always Never Yours

By Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley
Penguin
ISBN 9780451479846

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