Roman and Jewel

Dana L. Davis

fiction art music young adult
adventurous emotional fast-paced

336 pages

If Romeo and Juliet got the Hamilton treatment...who would play the leads? This vividly funny, honest, and charming romantic novel by Dana L. Davis is the story of a girl who thinks she has what it takes...and the world thinks so, too.

Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway's hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead...and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea--especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless.

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The Voice in My Head
Roman and Jewel

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lighthearted 66%
funny 61%
emotional 38%
inspiring 33%
adventurous 22%
hopeful 22%
mysterious 5%
reflective 5%
tense 5%


fast 73%
medium 26%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 33% | Character: 33% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | No: 31% | It's complicated: 18%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 94% | No: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 38% | N/A: 7%

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