When Claudia overhears Iris and Paige break up, Iris threatens to ruin her if any rumors spread. After being forced to work with Iris on a paper that turns into an awful monstrosity, their teacher requires them to make it up by auditioning and working for the school play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A prickly start turns into genuine friendship as the play progresses and Claudia meets several new friends along the way.
Overall, this was a super cute book. It was so easy to get sucked into the story and the pages flew by for the most part! However, there were two things that bothered me. 1: the amount of times the word “just” was used when any character was speaking. It was incredibly overused and I was getting very frustrated with it. 2: Claudia and her overwhelming need to internalize everything even when said thing wasn’t true. Part of this book focuses on relationships: both platonic and romantic. But Claudia freaked out about so many things that weren’t even a big deal or about her!! I really needed her to chill.
My favorite part of this was Iris and Claudia’s friendship. I loved how snarky Iris was and yeah she was definitely mean at times, but I could totally relate to her. Sometimes sharp words are easier than letting people in. While Iris does learn how to let her friends in, she’s not completely changed throughout the course of this book. The message that you can have rough edges and still be loved was amazing. I loved how Iris & Claudia bonded over TION, it was so cute.
I did love Gideon Prewitt as well. He was such a fun character and he almost always brightened up any scene he was in. While I didn’t have any issues with him, Claudia was slowly driving me insane by twisting his words and clearly misinterpreting his signals. I really wanted to shake the girl at times. Anyway, they were still adorable and I do ship them.
This was a great love story to theatre and Shakespeare. While I think If We Were Villains did it better, this was still such a good story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely laughed out loud several times. I’m glad I finally read this!