Chapter 13

Chapter 13: Sadina

“That,” says Catalina, “is the stupidest plan I’ve ever heard.”

We’re in Mrs. Weber’s English Lit class, talking about Romeo and Juliet—one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays, gushes Mrs. Weber, and the most famous love story ever. But Catalina doesn’t think much of it.

We just read the part where Juliet drinks a potion that makes her look dead, so she can get away from her family to be with Romeo. If you don’t know the story, here’s what happens next: Romeo finds Juliet, thinks she’s really dead, and kills himself. Juliet wakes up, sees Romeo dead, and kills herself. So Catalina has a point. If they were shooting for happily ever after, this plan didn’t really get it done.

Back on the first day of class, Mrs. Weber said she wanted our honest opinions about whatever we’re reading. You don’t have to love Shakespeare to get an A. But if you don’t like something, you have to be ready to back it up. “Surprise me.”That’s Mrs. Weber’s favorite expression. “Tell me something I haven’t heard before. And give me a reason to believe you.”

Catalina’s comment doesn’t pass that test. Mrs. Weber smiles like she’s heard it a thousand times.