This book is a modern day version of Shakespeare's tragedy with characters and situations to which all young readers will relate. The feud is between families of different races, (African-Americans and Hispanics) and opposing gangs in the high school they attend. Teen readers will love this story and it will enable teachers to be able to discuss the parallels to the Shakespeare play, thus the students get both 'stories' as their authors intended. The rival gang situation as presented in this book is all too real for many high schools today, and young readers know how dangerous it is to 'cross the lines' into some other gang's 'territory,' or date outside your 'gang.' Thankfully, this book isn't nearly as violent and bloody as most of the gang banger real life situations in schools, and the hero's, unlike the Shakespeare tragedy, do not die in the end. Instead there is room to discuss how perhaps society has advanced to a point where star crossed lovers aren't moved to suicide and can work out their differences. Once again Draper has written a masterpiece a 'reluctant reader' will read, enjoy, and realize success in school. Everyone wins. (Feedback about this item is greatly appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES and newly posted products). Thank You!!