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Anyone But You: The Third in the Twisted Lit Series

Anyone But You: The Third in the Twisted Lit Series

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by Kim Askew, Amy Helmes

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These violent delights have violent ends...

Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family's proud pizza heritage, and the Montes—owners of a rival Italian restaurant—are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap's


These violent delights have violent ends...

Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family's proud pizza heritage, and the Montes—owners of a rival Italian restaurant—are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap's for four generations. Even if it means putting herself in harm's way, Gigi's determined to get to the bottom of the feud. Instead, in a secret encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief, she finds both danger and love at first sight. If the daughter and son of these two warring families fall for each other, can it be anything but a recipe for disaster? Slowly, Gigi and Roman learn that their story is fatefully linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World's Fair. The most stunning wonder of the fair is Stella, who innocently causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood. Wending its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is bittersweet, funny, and intensely exciting. It's classic romance—a tale of hate and the only force that can ever defeat it: love.

Editorial Reviews

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"The tragic rift...comes to life with...a much more satisfying...resolution than the Bard's original tragic tale. Certain moments...are...heartbreakingly lovely. This story will resonate with teens as well as adults." —USA Today Happy Ever After

"A funny, fresh, and wholly original take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet...pure perfection!" —Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of Two of a Kind and A Wedding in Great Neck

"With all the intrigue, drama, and tragedy of the real thing, Askew and Helmes make you fall as hard for Roman and Gigi as you did for Romeo and Juliet." —Kerry Cohen, author of Easy and It's Not You, It's Me

"I did really enjoy this book. I laughed, I cried, I had a nice time with it.... I've recommended the series before, this book just re-enforces that recommendation." —Ariel Avalon

"I have to say that the Twisted Lit ladies were really on their game with this one. There were so many moments that I recognized as inspired by the play, but which fit so perfectly into the new story that they created." —Drown My Books

"These two authors focus on the messages and warnings written within the classic plays and then present them in ways that teenagers...will want to devour.... The humour is palpable and the genius of the storylines is proven with every page." - Confessions of a Book Addict

"Anyone But You is a great young adult read and may be a helpful resource for students studying Romeo and Juliet." —Vancouver Family Magazine

Kirkus Reviews
Set in the heart of Chicago's Little Italy, this modern-day take on Shakespeare's famed star-crossed-love story finds Gigi (nee Julietta) Caputo and Roman Monte falling hard for each other despite the generations-old feud between their families. Though the Montes' latest prank threatens to destroy her family's restaurant business and send them packing to Peoria, Gigi can't deny the power of first love. Together, she and Roman set out to uncover the truth behind the war and to heal old wounds so that they can be together. It's a promising premise, but the novel never successfully rises to meet it. Alternating between the present-day account of Gigi and Roman's plight and flashbacks to how the rift between the two families began, the novel has all of the requisite people and parts, but it ultimately lacks a soul. Riddled with clichés and bogged down by stilted, inauthentic dialogue, the story falls flat, never capturing the passion that is so essential to this classic tale. Roman and Gigi share only a few stolen moments, which will leave readers expecting a great romance both unsatisfied and unconvinced that what the teens feel for each other is anything more than a classic crush. Readers would be wise to choose another from the long list of retellings already out there…or better yet, stick with the original. (Fiction. 13 & up)

Product Details

Simon Pulse
Publication date:
Twisted Lit Series , #3
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kim Askew and Amy Helmes are the authors of Tempestuous and Exposure, the first two acclaimed novels in the Twisted Lit series, modern retellings of the Shakespearean classics The Tempest and Macbeth. They live in California, where Amy is a weekly contributor to The Rundown, a free daily e-mail service that keeps subscribers informed on what's new and cool in LA. Follow Amy on Twitter @amyhelmes. Kim is a content manager for the Webby-winning teen site www.FashionClub.com. Follow Kim on Twitter @kaskew.

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Anyone But You: The Third in the Twisted Lit Series 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The original Romeo and Juliet have nothing on their contemporary counterparts, Gigi Caputo and Romero Monte, if you are talking love at first sight, strong family ties and loyalties and a decades old feud between the their two families. In this “twisted” version of Shakespeare’s ill-fated romance, the feud seems to be something to do with pizza, Italian food and two competing restaurants. But is this the true cause for the rivalry and hatred between the two families or did something happen decades before, something both heartbreaking and unnecessary, maybe just Fate being particularly cruel. One thing for sure, Gigi “knows” their love can never be, as her family’s restaurant has struggled through hard times, vandalism, shady loan deals and the final insult, fire, destroying any chance for them to stay in Chicago. But one picture with a hidden message trapped in its frame for over sixty years may be all it takes to bring these two families to call a truce after Romero risks his life in a heroic act to save Gigi. Told from two different points of view, as well as two different eras, the painful mystery of what started the feud is revealed, as well as how it was perpetuated through the generations. Anyone But You by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes may the best so far in this completely entertaining series. From the eyes of a modern teen trying to be what others want her to be, life seems overpowering at times, but Gigi’s character does have a refreshing sense of maturity when she needs it, right before she goes all teen-tears. Romero is more subdued in his role, clearly more a supporting actor than a star, but completely endearing from the start. The emotional history that Dominick lived, is the real tear-jerker and as that story unfolds, I could feel myself choking up at times, for all involved. I believe his role and his story made Anyone But You a much deeper, more intense read. Did the story flow? Yes, in a meandering way…The switchbacks in time and POV was brilliantly done, and that last arc before the finish? I admit, I was saying, no, no, no way! Those gut-clenching scenes were magnetic! Is the story completely realistic and was each scene believable 100%? Nope, that’s part of good fiction, when you get to that last page, the imperfections don’t matter, because as a whole, you had a great ride! I received this edition from Merit Press and the authors in exchange for my honest review.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to reading Anyone But You as I enjoyed the first two books in this series and because it's a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I was really curious how the authors would set the story, who would be our star-crossed lovers, and what the ending would be, tragic or not. I just have to say that I loved the characters! I loved Gigi and Roman! They played their parts perfectly. I would have loved more dialogue from them, since they pretty much experience love at first sight. I also enjoyed all the other characters: The Monte and Caputo families, the other friends, family, and restaurant staff. The lingo was fun, as was the memories back in time. The story was fun and romantic, except for the heartbreaking moments when Gigi's family struggles and the issues and events dealing with the feud. There were parts towards the end, where we slip into the past, that just about had me crying! Then there were sweet and swoon-worthy moments. I also enjoyed the teasing that went on in the restaurant and between family. I liked how the story switches from the present to the past as Gigi tries to find out how the feud between her and Roman's families even started. This was an enjoyable story that felt historic and sweet, but had plenty of humor, heartbreak, and romance. If you enjoy reading Contemporary YA, retellings, and enjoy Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet then I would definitely recommend Anyone But You. Content: There is some mild swearing and some crude discussions, but relatively clean and consistent with the setting and characters. Source: From the author & NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
Anyone But You by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes (book 3 in the Twisted Lit series) was an emotional roller coaster I was not prepared for when I first heard about this retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I'm not, and never have been, a fan of Shakespeare's story of love at first sight. No matter how many times I hear the story, I just can't connect to the characters because they seem so stupid and selfish to me. But Gigi and Roman's love, while still impossibly cheesy love at first sight, felt a little more grounded in reality then their 15th century counterparts. The romance, while obviously the centerpiece of the story, wasn't overpowering. And, actually, the romance sort of felt like it was brushed to the side compared to other parts of the storyline. But it was just enough for me to enjoy without wanting to roll my eyes. Unbeknownst to me going into Anyone But You (probably because I only skimmed the synopsis before reading), there are actually two points of view as you flip between chapters. Gigi's, of course, but we also get to see the point of view of Roman's great-grandfather, Nick Monte, when he was young. Nick's point of view caught me off guard but his story was one that needed telling, or else Gigi and Roman's story would have never come about in the first place. The story of Nick Monte and Gigi's great-grandfather, Benny Caputo, plays a vital role in why the families have been feuding for almost a century, but it was also, to me at least, the most emotion part of the novel. Their friendship, and inevitable falling out, tugged at my heart strings and I'm not embarrassed to say I cried (publicly) while reading the last few chapters. At first I wasn't sure I liked the way each chapter flipped back and forth between the two different stories and time periods. It's cool that you get to see the two different time periods and the history of the families, but was a bit of a headache going back and forth at first. But then the paced picked up in Nick and Benny's story and that was it. I fell in love with those boys and their friendship and struggles. And that just made me respect the story of Gigi and Roman so much more. If you're a lover of Romeo and Juliet, or just love in general, I urge you to give Anyone But You a read. And if you enjoy it make sure you check out the rest of the Twisted Lit series for more contemporary retellings of Shakespeare's famous works!