Sharon M. Draper
Draper As you read, you should look for evidence of the theme of destiny. After reading each section, look for ideas from the novel that support the theme. Be very specific and to take notes as you read. You should quote lines from the novel and be able to refer to page numbers. Transfer these quotes and page numbers to the chart below that has the heading Destiny. Do you think this dream will be important in the novel? Why or why not?
It is an updated version of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Many of the characters in Draper's novel closely parallel those in Shakespeare's play. The plot updates the family feud between the Capulets and Montagues to reflect modern racial tensions between African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States. The book received mixed reviews. This story begins with African American teenager Romiette Cappelle awaking from a recurring nightmare in which she is drowning in fire and water. Just before waking she hears an unknown male voice speaking to her. Although frightened by the nightmare, she wonders whether the voice could be the voice of her soulmate.