Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

Mimi Wallingford, great-granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford. Why can't she just be Mimi, why does everyone have to add great-granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford? Wallingford Theatre, it's where Mimi grew up, learned to be a great actress, and decided she wanted to do something else with her life. Mimi's mother thinks that acting is Mimi's dream, wrong. Romeo and Juliet has been her life for so long. She practically lives, breathes, and eats Romeo and Juliet.

She wishes to be anywhere other than on the stage for her final performance of Romeo and Juliet. The only thing she looks forward to in the near future is going to Los Angeles and staying with her aunt. All she wanted to do was finish her final performance and got to LA and visit UCLA and just take a break. That is until the night of her final performance when she is thrown into Romeo and Juliet, not the performance though, the reality.

She was no longer in New York City, but exactly where was she? Mimi was thrown into what she had lived for so long. Romeo and Juliet was actually coming alive right in front of her eyes. Verona wasn't just a place in a play anymore, she was walking the streets and breathing the air of Verona. Dressed as a Capulet and covered in garbage Mimi finds her way to meeting the real Romeo and Juliet. She just needs to make sure they are okay and that they don't die, Mimi wants to make a happy ending for them. Having her costar Troy Summer along with her isn't ideal for her though. Troy doesn't realize that it isn't a dream until a while after Mimi realizes it. Then again who blames him for thinking it is a dream? But will Mimi really risk her life to finish what she started? Or will she give up and let everything end up how Shakespeare wrote it?

My favorite line in the story was at the very end. The last paragraph. I think that this story gave a good message. This is what I got from it: You can't let everyone else write out your life for you, they aren't you, they don't know what you want. You have to stand up for what you believe and what you want, or you will never get it. You need to pursue your goals and your dreams. You can't sit back and let people run your life and expect to get what you want and to be happy. If you take control and if you are determined you can change anything.

This book put a new twist on Romeo and Juliet. The beginning was okay. The part that really caught my interest was the middle though. After Mimi was thrown back into Verona things got very interesting from there. I guess the wild chases and clever planning was just very intriguing to me. I also really enjoyed the ending. You can buy this at Borders or Barnes & Noble. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Romeo and Juliet or anyone who just wants a good read.

3 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of this one, I'll have to add it to be TBR list.

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  2. Sounds good! I should go check it out.

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  3. This book sounds like a great read. I've been debating whether or not to read this one for some time now. Great review!

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