I received this book for free from Random House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright, William Shakepeare
Published by Random House BFYR on May 26th 2015
Genres: Classics, Historical, Retellings, YA
Source: Random House
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Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
Two families at war.
A boy and a girl in love.
A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong.
and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.
A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.
I admit, I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet in school, but I know that for some people it isn’t something they enjoyed. I think that this was a fun way to get people interested in the basics of the story in a modern way. I thought the group texts and messages were entertaining. I especially loved all the emojis in it. I do have to say though, this is not a replacement for the original, but it was fun to read.
Everyone knows how the story goes. Star-crossed lovers ending in tragic death, but this book tells the story in a less morbid way. This is a kind of hard review to write since it’s not a typical book. I do think that for kids in school who don’t want to read this story, it’s a great way to get them into the story in a language that they understand. Bonus points for the key in the back because I had no clue what some of the stuff meant.
I can say that this was fun and entertaining. I did like it and it only took a short time to read. I think what the author did with this was a fun idea, but in no way a replacement for the real thing. If you have kids or friends (or anyone else) who isn’t into reading this classic, this is a good place to start. I have recommended it to some of my coworkers and they think it’s a fun idea too.
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