This book is a charming retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet. This time our leads are modern teenagers - Mimi and Troy. With some magic they end up in Verona. Mimi decides that it's time to save Juliet - and maybe herself in the process.
This book is amazingly written. Go pick it up now. Seriously.
The characters were adorable and I love them to death especially Troy and Romeo. For Troy, I had expected him to be like a douchebag and completely spoiled but he's not, at least, not really. And the times when he wants to make Mimi jealous is just a show of his insecurity and that he's just a normal human being, like us. Of course, there were times when I wavered between deciding if he was being a jerk or if he just really cared for Mimi but at the end, I realized that he's just a big softie at heart. :)
Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo. So, Romeo of the play. I had definitely expected to be this lovesick guy, which he completely was, but he was a SMART and KIND lovesick guy. He doesn't care for the rift between the Capulets and the Montagues and he treats all ladies the same - with respect and dignity, of some sorts. He befriended Mimi even though she wore the Capulet colors and decided to help Juliet, a girl that he had never even met before. Of course, if I had to choose between Romeo and Troy, Troy wins hands down. I like guys who are more rock-star like than medieval/renaissance type guys. Haha.
And Mimi? A very in-depth character with insecurities and feelings just like us. She doesn't want to live as an actress for the rest of the life, yet, she's afraid to go against her mother's wishes...directly. I can definitely relate to her because sometimes, mothers are a pain and there's really nothing you can do to go directly against them.
Overall, I loved Saving Juliet and I can't wait to see what other goodies Suzanne has in store for us.
In Saving Juliet, Suzanne Selfors masterly connects a modern day world
with that of Shakespearean Venice, Italy. The take that she took on the
classic tragedy was very interesting. The characters in Mimi's Romeo and Juliet
differ quite a lot from what's printed in Shakespeare's play, and I
really enjoyed the exploration of the famous characters in a different
way. I would've liked to learn more about Mercutio. I think if we had,
his fate would have made a bigger impact.
Mimi's narration was
witty, funny, and easy to relate to. The fact that Suzanne Selfors
didn't follow the exact plot line of Shakespeare's version kept me
interested the entire time. I felt like the ending was a little too perfect, but it didn't bother me too much.
this is a fun and enjoyable read. Some may call it cheesy, but the
cheesy aspects are easily looked past as you delve yourself into the
depths of the story.