Leg warmers, Dungeons & Dragons, Reagan-bashing, no nukes rallies…I felt like I was back in high school, but with a way cooler crowd than the crowd that I hung out with. Spontaneously dancing, jamming, and breaking into song never happened anywhere I went in high school, but then again, I never attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. Although the 1980s context was very familiar to me, it might not make much sense to contemporary teens who haven’t learned about the Cold War. The dialogue was a little heavy-handed whenever the teens were talking politics, but fortunately that only happened a few times. Mostly this was a fun book that celebrated the arts, friendship, and being true to yourself, and when you think about it, those themes not only transcend country borders, but they are timeless as well.
Recommended for grades 9-12.