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 for four

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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 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.

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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
2013-11-20
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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440570018
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
01/18/2014
Series:
Twisted Lit Series, #3
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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