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Romeo's Ex

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tis a clever update on a classic romance.

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Rosaline's impassioned speech about the true meaning of love -- and her own loving actions -- will warm readers' hearts.

Although the author tells this story from many perspectives, it's Rosaline's story. And it's the feisty, smart Rosaline -- Juliet's cousin, who's training to be a healer -- whom readers will instantly relate to and root for. ROMEO'S EX sticks to Shakespeare's story fairly well, even using lines from the original play. But the author fleshes out many characters and gives it a modern spin.

Some of the book's clever touches may be lost on younger readers, such as the references to other Shakespeare plays and some of the smart updates: When Benvolio goes to the Capulet party, for example, he and his father have a modern conversation about curfew.

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