Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis

Sixteen-year-old Jerzie Jhames has studied voice, music composition and theory, and acting all her life. She’s also a walking, talking, singing encyclopedia of Broadway knowledge. Now she’s been cast as the understudy for superstar Cinny’s “Jewel,” the lead in a new Broadway hip-hop retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Immediately, she meets Zeppelin, the model/musician cast as “Roman,” and falls hard for him. But when unauthorized videos of rehearsal are anonymously uploaded and go viral, tempers flare, egos combust, and emotions short-circuit. [Continue reading]