Friday, August 17, 2012

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

Featured Author for the Week - Suzanne Selfors

Next week 'The Sweetest Spell' comes out! In celebration we will be featuring Suzanne Selfors for the week. Today I'm reviewing 'Saving Juliet'. Make sure you check in each day for more reviews and an interview with Suzanne Selfors!

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Walker & Company

Description from Goodreads:

'Manhattan meets Verona in this time-bending twist on Shakespeare.

When Mimi is magically thrust into the middle of Shakespeare’s Verona, she must find a way to help Juliet fight for her future happiness. Will she be able to give this classic tragedy a happy ending?'

Candace's Thoughts:
Saving Juliet is about Mimi whose family owns a theater in NYC.  She's been raised to be an actress but unfortunately doesn't feel the call.  She'd rather go to college for pre-med rather than spend her life acting.  But her mother doesn't think that's acceptable.  Mimi feels as though she's living her mothers dream instead of her own and it makes her angry.

After breathing in dust from a charm that broke she transported to Verona and into the story of Romeo and Juliet.  Only, is this Romeo and Juliet's story, or Mimi's story? In the story we meet cruel mother Capulet who is insisting upon Juliet's marriage to the horrible Paris.  What role does Mimi play in this tragedy?  Or can it be changed and not be a tragedy at all?

I really liked Mimi's character and her inner voice.  We see lots of growth through the book as she finds her way and discovers more about herself.  She tries to figure things out and make the best decisions she can for everyone, not just herself.  And along the way maybe she'll discover who her first love is, is it someone from Romeo and Juliet's Verona, or someone from her own time and place?

This was a fun read that you just can't take too seriously.  But at the same time the mother daughter relationship was very strong as they struggle to understand each other.  Not only Mimi and her mother, but Juliet and her mother as well.  The relationships made me cringe and want to yell because of lack of understanding on everyone's parts, but particularly the mothers.  I enjoyed this bit of emotion that was thrown into what was largely a fun read with a very fast plot.  I definitely recommend you give it a try, just be prepared to not take anything too serious.

*Disclosure: This book was borrowed from the library. I was not asked to review this book. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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