Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the high school baseball team, she's immediately struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family--but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all. But when it becomes clear that baseball--not dance--is Jesse's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?
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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.