Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

Summary:
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?

Rating:
Character Developement: 8/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice:9/10
Recommendation: 9/10
Total Score: 50
Grade: A

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Yes, but it's not an unbearable amount.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Friar Tuck's grappa and Juliet's sleeping potion is about it.
Sexual Content: Blatant in conversation
Aimed at age 12 and up

Review:
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.

Overall, 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.

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