Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Juliet Club

 Title:
The Juliet Club

Author:
Suzanne Harper

Publisher/Date:
Greenwillow Books 2008

About the Author (from Goodreads):
Suzanne Harper has published two young adult novels, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney and The Juliet Club. She is currently working on a third young adult novel and a middle-grade series.
Summary (Back of the Book):
Kate Sanderson has been burned by love. From now on, she thinks, I will control my own destiny, and I will be reasoned and rational. But life has other things in store for Kate. Namely, a summer abroad studying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the very town where the star-crossed lovers met, Verona, Ital. Kate is thrown together with two other American teens and three Italians for a specail seminar - and for volunteer duty at the Juliet Club, where they answer letters from the lovelorn around the world. Can Kate's cool logic withstand the most romantic summer ever? Especailly when faced with the ever-so-charming Giacomo and his entracing eyes...?

Rating::
942067842067802946782067814067048574860/5

My Thoughts:
"Everyone who falls in love ends up living her [Juliet's] story."
Kate fell in love, once. And he broke her heart. She swears never to let love fool her again and to be single the rest of her life, but a trip to Italy makes that extremely difficult. Especially when she is playing the role of Juliet, and Giacomo her handsome Romeo. Not to mention, in order to fool thier friend's foul prank they must pretend to love each other to start with. When it turns real, not even Kate is strong enough to withhold love.
Wow. This book was so...wow. I am at a loss for words. It was absolutely magnificent and I loved every minute of it! It was a book I most definately did not want to put down! I actually had a movie playing in my head while reading it! It had me predicting what would happen next - like forreal, who ever does that?!?! - and wanting more! It definately helped that I had already read Romeo and Juliet  and seen both the 1968 version as well as the 1998 film adaptations. You can definately tell that Suzanne Harpers did her research!
There were exactly 5 acts, the last one with only one scene, as all of Shakespeare's plays. There were many quotes, much Italian language, and the plot was simillar to that of the original Romeo and Juliet and it definately shows that a lot of thought, research, time, and hard work went into the making of this book which just made it even more maginificent.
It was definately one of the best books I've read in a long while and I would definately recommend it!

She has also written three original novels based on the Hannah Montana TV series (Rock the Waves, In the Loop, and Swept Up) and a number of novels (under the pen name N. B. Grace) based on High School Musical.
Her nonfiction books include: Boitano’s Edge: Inside the Real World of Figure Skating (with Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano), The Real Spy's Guide to Becoming a Spy (with Peter Earnest, executive director of the International Spy Museum), Terrorists, Tornados,and Tsunamis: How to Prepare for Life’s Danger Zones (with Lt...moreSuzanne Harper has published two young adult novels, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney and The Juliet Club. She is currently working on a third young adult novel and a middle-grade series.
She has also written three original novels based on the Hannah Montana TV series (Rock the Waves, In the Loop, and Swept Up) and a number of novels (under the pen name N. B. Grace) based on High School Musical.
Her nonfiction books include: Boitano’s Edge: Inside the Real World of Figure Skating (with Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano), The Real Spy's Guide to Becoming a Spy (with Peter Earnest, executive director of the International Spy Museum), Terrorists, Tornados,and Tsunamis: How to Prepare for Life’s Danger Zones (with Lt. Col. John C. Orndorff), and Hands On! 33 More Things Every Girl Should Know: Skills for Living Your Life from 33 Extraordinary Women.
She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Texas-Austin and a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Southern California. She now lives in New York City.

2 comments:

  1. Thank You For All You Do!Sunday, December 18, 2011 3:42:00 AM

    After I scrolled down and was assaulted by your overenlarged text, I didn't even feel like reading the review.

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  2. I'm sorry. It wasn't like that while I was writing it, and as I scrolled down to see your comment I was shocked by it, too. I don't understand how it posted like that, but I will certainly change it.
    Thank you for commenting to let me know.

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