If you’re looking for a modern Romeo & Juliet…or a less tragic romance and a modern Pride & Prejudice story, then I recommend Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson.
It centres on Astrid (aka Lobstergirl – you’ll find out why when you read the book), an outspoken and passionate environmentalist and straight A student fighting to bring awareness and change the world. She meets Hiro (aka Shopping Trolley Guy) who’s the total opposite of her, hates a lot of things. But they discover that they share something in common via their alter egos. Drama ensues afterwards.
This story would be a romcom if it was/became a movie. I’d love to see it adapted.
Green Valentine is well-written, witty and fast paced. Though I hoped [A SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT] that Astrid revealed herself as herself to Hiro, who only knew her as Lobstergirl and at school one of the populars, much later. It would’ve rise the tension more.
Anyway, the plot is solid and the characters are well-developed, even the minor and irritating ones.
My rating: 5/5 🙂