YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Two Juliets,
both alike in desperation. . .

Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford, of the Broadway Wallingfords, has a life most girls can only dream of—complete with the starring role in her family’s production of Romeo and Juliet. But acting is not her dream, and she’s fighting for the right to trade her script for a scalpel and become a doctor.

Fourteen-year-old Juliet Capulet, of the Verona Capulets, has lived a lonely life—imprisoned by the feud that consumes her family and by her iron-fisted mother’s forcing her into an unwanted marriage. She will do anything to avoid her betrothed, even if it requires faking a boil on her bottom—or something more dangerous.

During the play’s final performance, Mimi’s wish to get away actually comes true when she and her heartthrob costar, Troy Summer, are magically transported into Shakespeare’s Verona. Now that she knows the real Juliet, Mimi doesn’t want to stand by and allow the play to reach its tragic end. But if saving her new friend means changing the ending of the greatest love story of all time, will she and Troy ever make it back to Broadway?

Saving Juliet was a delightful read. It was funny, quirky, fast paced. I found myself laughing so hard at the scene with Troy and the leeches. I won’t spoil the book for you but this book was so funny. Suzanne Selfors is amazing. It’s great how she turned Romeo and Juliet from a tragic love story into a hilarious story together with her own characters. I was worried that because I did not quite understand Shakespeare language, I won’t be able to understand or enjoy the book. But no! You don’t have to speak “thou” and “thy” to be able to read and enjoy this book! Even the characters in Verona do not speak this type of language. My only complain is

*SPOILER* read at your own risk

…that Troy’s character developed too fast. Hence, I didn’t quite like how fast the romance between Troy and Mimi was. Sure, Mimi had a crush on him at first but she did change her opinion of him. And after this trip she becomes infatuated. Maybe it’s just me but it happened too fast for my liking.

*SPOILER ENDS*

There are questions at the back of the book too, great for book discussions! So to conclude my review, if you like YA books that has Shakespeare refrences, read this book!

If you haven’t already, order it on Amazon! Visit Suzanne Selfors at her website. She also has a new book, Coffeehouse Angel, coming out July 21.

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Comments on: "Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors" (4)

  1. I wanna read this one :o) Thanks for the review!

  2. This cover is silly!

  3. Hey, lovey, funny cover. I like Shakespeare retellings a lot. Your review made me think of Ophelia by Lisa Klein, which I have recently bought and is currently sitting on my nightstand. I have the feeling Saving Juliet might have a happy ending, but I don’t think Ophelia will have one.

  4. Was careful not to read the spoilers because I really do want to read this book. I love Romeo and Juliet so this book definitely caught my eye.

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