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I love Shakespeare. Ever since I took a class on Shakespeare in my senior year of high school, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his plays and watching the movies made that are based on them.
Romeo and Juliet is, perhaps, the most well-known play that Shakespeare wrote. It has been the basis for many other love stories, including West Side Story and the more recent High School Musical. There have been many songs written about the famous couple, and several books as well.
Including Juliet by Anne Fortier. This one, however, is not a modern retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet, but rather a contemporary novel that includes Shakespeare's play in its plot, suggesting that the events actually took place not in Verona, but in the city of Siena, Italy.
Julie Jacobs and her twin sister, Janice,have lived with their Rose since they were orphaned at a very young age. When their aunt dies, Janice receives all the money and the aunt's home while Julie gets only three things: a letter, a passport, and a key. The letter instructs her to travel to Italy, where she is to use the key to open a safety deposit box and find something "much more valuable than I have ever owned". What she finds there and the strange and mysterious experiences she has is the plot of this book.
There is much in this novel to enjoy. It contains romance (of course), mystery, adventure, intrigue, and even a little humor. The Italian characters (at least the "good" ones) are quite charming and the story kept me guessing until the very end. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? You will be surprised time and again as you read through this tale. A satisfying story from beginning to end.
I really liked Juliet. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars!
There is an interesting article on NPR about this book. Check it out! (Also, an audio of an interview with the author.)
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(I received this book from Pump Up Your Book! for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)