Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

The Juliet Spell

Good Reads Summary

I’m Juliet.
At least, I wanted to be.
So I did something stupid to make it happen.
Well, stupid and wonderful.

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.

Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed....

Will Romeo steal her heart before time steals him away?

My Thoughts

Instead of a retelling, Juliet Spell plays with around elements of Romeo and Juliet... cute? Right now though two things are clear: it was sometimes improbable but mostly sweet.

That it involved magic spells was not what rang unlikely to me. That it involved a time travelling English man boy was not a big deal either. I came into Juliet Spell knowing these two things. Rather, it was the characters reactions that confounded me. Everyone was so OK with how things unfolded. On a side note, I found the weeping that took place quite novel if a little annoying. Now to the reactions, Drew's and Miri's mother reacted very surprisingly... both simply went with the flow. Another improbable was the forgiving nature of both mother and daughter.

While the characters aren't the best of what I've read of late, they are different, cute and entertaining in their own right. Our Juliet is Miri; she's a take charge kind of girl but sometimes came off as (a lot of the time) clueless. Sometimes I liked her, other times I wanted her to open her eyes. One moment she's focused; the next she's so desperate to get the boy to like her. But at least she had a good relationhip with her mother! And speaking of, her mother was so easy going; too easy going, in fact, that I found her a tad unrealistic. Juliet/Miri's Romeo is a time travelling Englishman (an unintentional one, of course) was hilarious and annoying and cute and not as simple as I originally thought.

As to the rest of the players, some were developed, others were just extra. The one who stands out though is Drew: what a handy guy to have around! His explantion of the how behind the time traveling was long winded and confusing but entertaining to hear. It's obvious where the story was headed once he started showing up more... and that this was not obvious to Miri herself, is another one of those improbables.

But if the characters were OK with how things were, then so be it... I am too. Why? It's simple not meant to be taken too seriously... but simply a sweet love story... with highly improbable elements (and I'm not talking about thetime travel or the magic!).
Thanks Netgalley!


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