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Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
Review by Nicole Brinkley
Walker Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802797407
Date: 22 January 2008 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Mimi Wallingford finds that being thrust into a Shakespeare play - especially where your presence changes the story - isn't as fun as you might think it would be.

"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo!" Mimi Wallingford has to live those lines every day. As the great granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford, a title that follows her everywhere, she is expected to become the next great actress in the Wallingford line. After being in the spotlight day after day, Mimi has managed to convince herself she has stage fright and she can't take the stage as Juliet with Troy Summer -- celebrity heartthrob and overall jerk.

So when both of them are transported to Verona, it seems that everything is set up for doom. But when Mimi meets Juliet, and sees that she's not just the girl Shakespeare makes her out to be, but a spunky, occasionally silly fourteen year old, Mimi's determined to see that in this story, everything works out right. Suzanne Selfor's Saving Juliet managed to pull me in from page one, as the tale is told through Mimi's point of view -- the first page of the story is her telling you that you won't believe her. Her wit, Troy's obliviousness, and Juliet's spunk make the book an engaging read. You manage to get a new spin from the old classic, learning just why the Capulets and the Montagues hate each other so much, and why Lady Capulet is such a villain. However, the plot line was pushed forward rapidly and some of the characters, such as Tybalt, were rather one sided.

The fact that I wasn't able to put it down makes up for it's few faults, however, and it's certainly worth a read from a library, though I wouldn't necessarily purchase it.


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