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. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
4/5 stars, nice ending
I felt that This Above All had an interesting premise and the actual execution of the book was much more serious than I expected. There was a bit of banter, but mostly it was a serious coming of age story about a girl discovering that maybe her father's views aren't her views. There were a few instances of words that made me cringe (in reference to LGBTQA+), but I understand that it was how the main character, Piper, was raised to view things. I feel that her character arc was solid and understandable, and I enjoyed that things weren't neatly tied up at the end. It felt more real. The romance was quite good, too, and the supporting characters were strong and complex.
I recommend this for those who enjoy controversy, acceptance, sneaking around, complex family relationships, and theater.