By: Shani Petroff
Published: February 7th 2017
Length: 224 Pages
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2
Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
The title is not a mistake. This is not a remake of Romeo and Juliet. This is the tale of Emily a teenage girl who lets her mind wonder and ponder over every detail. A girl who is trying to win her Romeo (in this case Wes).
A quick easy diabolically funny teen romance. Why, so funny because it captured the teen girl essence beautifully.
I laughed and shook my head as Emily let herself get into her own mind. Her reactions to situations were real and they were authentic. This was not an instant love story. This was almost not a love story but a tragic tale of her misfortunes.
I applaud Petroff for the profound unique quality for creating a story so funny, uplifting and realistic.