Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?
Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.
So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She’ll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she’ll be getting college credit for it—another goal accomplished!) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars—in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways—try hard to break her protective shell?
“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene . . . “
The Juliet Club was an interesting story. The novel was written in 3rd person omniscient and was written in a way I was not expecting.
I can’t say I really was a fan of how it was written because sometimes it would get a little confusing to keep up with the story because there was really no warning that the scene was changing.
After a while I just got used to it, but I feel like if it was written a little differently I would have liked it a lot better.
The concept of the story, however, I really liked.
Kate just got over a heartbreaking relationship and is going to Italy to study Shakespeare with the few other lucky winners who entered the contest. She is convinced that she will never find love again and will not let her heart get broken once more. Once she gets to Italy, she meets the other people in the Juliet Club. Giacoma flirts with all of the girls but they are totally not each other’s type. But when a prank turns into the real thing, I would say otherwise.
Butterfly Rating: 2 stars
This book didn’t give me butterflies that much at all, but it kept me reading and looking forward to the type that I could read it.
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
Age Recommendation: 12+
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