This also delves into the nitty gritty of stage productions, from trying out, dealing with competition and drama, to the long hours spent practicing.
This series is particularly good about having characters that are racially diverse. Jesse's father is Hispanic, but his mother is not, and it's interesting that the book addresses that fact that his father wants him to date a Latina woman. This doesn't overshadow the romance or the plot of the story, but is a nice addition that rounds out the character.
Teen readers might not know who Gene Kelly is, but will hopefully be encouraged to research him after reading this amusing tale of high school drama... both on and off the stage.