Review: The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Good Morrow, Kind Readers!


Title: The Juliet Club
Author: Suzanne Harper

Summary ( 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 . . . "

My Review: I love Romeo and Juliet so when I was this title I didn’t care what it was about, all I knew was I had to get it out from the library. Another selling point other then Juliet in the title was that it was called The Juliet CLUB! Anyone who’s seen Letters to Juliet should be familiar with the Juliet Club (even though in the movie they called the club the Secretaries of Juliet which I personally like better then the real name but whatever.) This book proves that even the most cynical about love (like the main character, Kate) can and will find love, especially if they just happen to win an essay contest to study Romeo and Juliet in its host city Verona! Another thing I loved about this book is that everyone is falling in love with the wrong person at the beginning but finds their true love by the end. Each student has a role to play in this story it's not just about Kate and her love interest Giacomo. I liked how the perspective would change throughout the story as well. I thought it was cool that we got to see how Kate’s Best Friends back in the states reacted to each of her emails and placed bets on whether or not she’d break her promise of never falling in love again! And while the Juliet Club doesn’t have A LOT to do with the Juliet Club it does have a lot to do with Romeo and Juliet since some of the kids have to act it out. It made me fall in love with Shakespeare’s play all over again! I recommend this to all Romeo and Juliet Fans!!