Romeo and Juliet with Cell Phones? My Thoughts on YOLO Juliet

Book Review, Young Adult Books

YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: OMG Shakespeare

Genre: romance/retelling/humor

Hardcover: 112 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)

Source: From publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

Two families at war.
A boy and a girl in love.
A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read. 

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My Thoughts:

What a fun idea! This retelling of Romeo and Juliet is done entirely in texts and status updates. Even though the target audience is teens, my kids (ages 7 and 5) enjoyed reading it as well. They mostly liked the emojis and the familiar story. I made sure to skip lines of innuendo or change any vulgar texts to something age appropriate. I was surprised at how well they remembered the characters.

This book was a lot of fun to read. It’s a simplified version of the story, with fewer characters than the original. It can easily be read in one sitting. While it takes on the rather serious and tragic story we all love so much, it does so in a light hearted and humorous way. It surprised me how the author was still able to convey so much through such a unique format.

If your teen is looking for something fun, a little different, or is s fan of Shakespeare, then they might want to give this book a try.

Content: violence, cursing in text lingo (WTF, FML, etc), and innuendo.


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