Romiette and Julio

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When Romiette Cappelle meets Julio Montague, she feels as though she has met the soul mate who can rescue her from her recurring nightmare about fire and water. But like the Shakespearean characters whose names echo theirs, Romiette and Julio discover that not everyone approves of their budding romance. In their case, it is because Romiette is African-American and Julio is Hispanic, and the Devildogs, a dangerous local gang,...

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Overview

Star Crossed Lovers

When Romiette Cappelle meets Julio Montague, she feels as though she has met the soul mate who can rescue her from her recurring nightmare about fire and water. But like the Shakespearean characters whose names echo theirs, Romiette and Julio discover that not everyone approves of their budding romance. In their case, it is because Romiette is African-American and Julio is Hispanic, and the Devildogs, a dangerous local gang, violently oppose their interracial relationship.

When the Devildogs threaten to teach them a lesson, Romiette and Julio come up with a risky plan to escape from the gang's fearsome shadow. But things go terribly awry, and the two find themselves caught up in a deadly reality more frightening that Romiette's nightmare -- and in a desperate struggle to avoid the tragic fate of Shakespeare's famous young lovers.

Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harrassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.

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Romiette is African American; Julio is Hispanic. Ironically, Julio's family relocated to escape gangs in his old high school in Texas only to find Cincinnati has them also. The two meet on the Internet and go off to a private chat room before they realize they are students at the same school. With names like these you feel they must have an ill-fated ending. In keeping with the Shakespearean tale, they are destined to be together while peers and family try to persuade them to part. The Devildogs, the notorious gang that rules the high school, are incensed by Romiette and Julio's relationship and harass them to the point that it becomes quite dangerous for the two. The story is a bit predictable but still enjoyable. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Simon & Schuster, Aladdin, 320p., $4.99. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Sherri Forgash Ginsberg; Chapel Hill, NC , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
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Gr 6-10-A contemporary retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story with a happy, upbeat ending. Sixteen-year-old Julio Montague's parents have moved their family to Cincinnati, OH, in order to get their son out of his gang-ridden high school in Corpus Christi, TX. Romiette Cappelle, also 16, is the daughter of successful African-American parents and the granddaughter of college professors. When these two young people, both from proud heritages, begin a romance, they must deal not only with their parents' prejudices but also with the threats of a local gang called The Family. At times, Romiette and Julio effectively parallels and contemporizes the original story. The young couple meet, not at the Capulets' feast, but in an Internet chat room. Julio's friend, Ben Olsen (read Benvolio), who looks like a punk rocker, has an optimistic and irreverent attitude that balances Julio's passion and volatility. At other times, the allusions to the play are obvious and heavy-handed. Nonetheless, this novel is more than simply a carefully plotted teenage romance. Draper gives a realistic portrayal of the interactions among high school students as well as their relationships with their parents. The book also examines how gangs can gain power and take control. All of the characters have unique voices and the writing style shifts according to the action. Romiette and Julio would be a wonderful curriculum tie-in book, but it also stands alone as a first-rate novel about contemporary teens.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A tale of forbidden love with intentional references to Shakespeare's play, perhaps especially to its West Side Story incarnation, with a similar focus on issues of race and gangs. Julio Montague, a recent Texas transplant to Cincinnati, quickly falls for "Afroqueen" during cyber-chats on the Internet. He soon discovers his soulmate is African-American Romiette Cappelle, who coincidentally attends his high school. The two are destined to meet and fall in love, despite warnings from the local gang who strongly disapproves of their romance. After the two central players ignore several warnings, gun-wielding gang leaders kidnap them, bind them, and cast them adrift in a boat that is struck by lightning, nearly drowning them (and straining credibility). The parallels to Shakespeare's play are often self-conscious and belabored, drawn at odd moments in the story. Still, a straightforward, uncluttered narrative will hook readers into the well-paced plot and sympathetic characters; loose ends are tied more neatly than a package, prettying up the ending by putting a happily-ever-after spin on the lovers' fates. (Fiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842092
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 55,652
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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Romiette and Julio


By Sharon M. Draper

Simon Pulse

Copyright © 1999 Sharon M. Draper
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-4169-1151-0


Chapter One

The Eleven O'clock Evening News

MISSING - ROMIETTE CAPPELLE AND JULIO MONTAGUE. Details in a moment.

- In this modern-day, mystery version of Romeo and Juliet, two young people have vanished. We ask for the help of the public. If anyone has any knowledge of these two young people, last seen walking past London Woods between six and seven this evening, please call District Four police. Romiette Cappelle is the daughter of our own Cornell Cappelle. Cornell, I know this is difficult, but a few words, please. - "If you have my daughter, or know where she is, or know anything about where she and Julio Montague might be, please call the station. She's sixteen years old, and the light of my life. Please. Please." - Pictures of the two young people will he posted throughout the city. There is a five-thousand-dollar reward for any information leading to the recovery of Romiette and Julio. Romiette is sixteen years old, five feet five inches, with brown skin and hazel eyes. Julio is also sixteen, is about six feet tall, and has curly black hair. - TV Six has been investigating the increase of gang activity in our schools and our city. After further investigation, we find that reports of gang fights in the high schools and gang recruitment atthe junior high level has been discovered. Much of the increased gun violence has been attributed to gang activity. The mayor has appointed a task force to study the matter. News Six will continue to investigate. - In the weather tonight, our TV Six meteorologists warn of heavy rain, and maybe even thunderstorms, unusual for this time of the year, heading this way. Not good for two kids who may he in the woods lost or hurt. Details when we return from station break.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted November 10, 2008

    Romi and Julio

    Romiette and Julio<BR/><BR/>Have you ever been told who to date and not to date? Were you ever told what race you could and could not talk to? Romiette also known as ¿Romi¿ was a young African-American woman who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Romi is trying to over come her horrible dreams of drown and her fear of water. Julio was a young Mexican boy who had just moved to Cincinnati. He didn¿t like the cold weather at all. He wished that he could of moved back home to his grandfather¿s ranch. He knew that there was no chance of him going back because his parents moved away from Texas because of the gang affiliation that Julio can be involved in. Julio will attend school in Cincinnati and he is not very pleased because he knows that he will have no friends.<BR/><BR/>Julio attends the first day of school with aggression because from the start he knew he wasn¿t going to like it. By the end of the day he got away with hitting a boy who dyed his hair different colors. Later that night Julio gets on the chat room to see what Cincinnati is all about. Indeed is where Romi meets Julio. They were having a private conversation in another chat came to find out that they go to the same school. They managed to meet up with one another during lunch. Julio was token back by how beautiful Romi was. Romi also thought that Julio was so handsome. They began getting to know one another real well. They continued to have lunch with each other. This group of boys they call themselves the ¿devil dogs¿ who all wore purple it was sort of an inside gang. They had a problem with Romi talking to Julio. They said something to her about was race she was and what race he was and how they don¿t mash. Romi and Julio were a little startled by it. They talked about what they were going to do the next time they bother them. They handled it very well to where the devil dogs were astonished that someone stood up to them. After they stood up to the devil dogs they threaten to get even. They began stalking Romi and Julio is there every move. So Romi and Julio and their two best friends Ben and Destiny began to make an escape plan. It winded up putting Romi and Julio in a death situation.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    I was dissapointed

    I picked up this book hoping to read a realistic romance novel with the interesting twist of a modernized Romeo and Juilet story. The fact that it involved gangs and a poor area of the city also made me interested because I thought I would be able to relate to the character coming from that background Both characters were incredibly unrealistic, speaking in ways the no teenager has spoke in since the early 19th century! The slang the author attempted to use was also awful, and it makes me believe that she had no connection with her character and didn't know ANYTHING about teenagers in general The plot and idea was orginal and very good, although the charaters were underdeveloped and unrealistic

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    So dissapointed

    This book started out with some interesting characters, Romiette Capelle, a tall, lively girl with a mother who owns an African goods store, and Julio Montague, a Hispanic boy come with his family to Cincinnati to be free of the gags in Texas, but the book does not live up to its promising beginning. The couple meets on the internet and they discover that they go to the same school where there romance is roughed up a bit by some gangs in their school. There are some other interesting corollaries to Shakespeare¿s play, mostly in the names of the characters, Nanette (perhaps, the nurse?) is a co-worker of Romiette¿s dad, and she is sort of used as comic relief in the darker sections in the book, but it never really gets very dark. There¿s a cameraman named Laurence, Julio¿s best friend is named Ben, and Romiette has been friends with Destiny her whole life. The thing is set up like a tragedy, complete with dark, re-occurring dreams, but at the end of the book the kids are happy, well and in love, and the parents (who have shown very little resistance to this romance all along) are happily friends. Even though Romiette¿s dream of sinking to cold, depths comes true¿complete with the rowboat the thugs put her in being struck by lightning and her sinking to the bottom of the lake¿Julio saves her, and all is well. The dialogue lacks spice and the understanding of the way teenagers talk on the internet, (even for good, respectful students in 11th grade in 1999) is both unrealistic and dated. If Draper¿s point was to encourage understanding between races, she could have made it much stronger by showing, as Shakespeare does, the consequences of meaningless hate. By removing all of the transcendence of a tragic ending she makes this impossibly beautiful story something mundane and sappy.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Corny much

    The characters and dialogue were unrealistic and corny. The story line was ok, but the suspense was minimal. Even the romance seemed fake.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    When I first saw this book I thought WOW this seems like a intresting book! Julio is mexican-american and is from texas and so am i. The reviews made the book sound incredible,a must-read. But i'm sorry to say that after reading it myself i was very disappointed. I expected more. The first 100pgs were dredfully long and dull.Draper, i believe, could do better. For example, the chat room conversations that take place were painful to read. Has Draper even been in a chat room? Overall, I was truely disappointed. I'm sorry if my opinion insulted anyone. It wasnt meant to be insulting. I rated it a 3 because it wasnt up to my standards but it wasnt poor.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    Cheesy, unrealistic, predictable, and lame

    I started reading this book with a lot of expectations. The plot seemed original and exciting, and I always love to read a good romance. But just a couple chapters into the book, I was amazed at how unrealistic the dialogue was between the characters. What sixteen year old boy tells his mom that a girl is a 'jewel in a pile of rocks'? And that she's 'like chocolate cake for dinner - and I love chocolate!' I found myself literally putting the book down and rolling my eyes. The characters were all so unrealistic and annoying. If a boy talked to me like Julio talked to Romiette, I'd be creeped out majorly. If someone ever calls me 'hot sauce' and means it in an adoring way, I'd think something was wrong. But that's just me. Other than that, the writing style of the book was pretty good in some parts, but in other parts, it reminded me of my writing when I was in seventh grade and even back then, I was like, 'Wow, this sounds stupid.' This book is childish, unrealistic, predictable, cheesy, and I'd only recommend it to someone if they wanted a good laugh (and not in the good way).

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    I thought it would be better

    When I read the back of the book it seemed interesting but as soon as I started reading, I quickly got bored. The repetitive use of slang is what initially drew me away from this book, but the lack of story line is what lost my attention for good. Do yourself a favour: stick with the original. It's so much better.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Sad Story

    This book was, simply put it, bad. Cheap humor, poor character dialouge, even the news parts don't actally sound professional. And most parts make you think "Why in the heck would they do that?"

    Unrealistic story that tried, and failed miserably, to mimic a classic tradgey. Don't buy it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Pretty Good Modern Version of Romeo and Juliet

    This was a pretty good version of Sheakspeare's Romeo and Juliet. It kinda strained credibility like the annotation above said,on how teenagers speak. I think Ms. Draper has great ideas for novels and the storylines are awesome but I just don't think she is very good at writing the way teenagers really talk. She tried too hard to be all poetic and lyrical when she had Romiette and Julio talking to each other about thier feelings. She is not anywhere near the eloquence of Sheakspeare. Although i don't think that Romiette and Julio is a very well written literary novel, if you don't really think about about and just read for pure fun, then its a great book. It is interesting and sweet and you will fall in love with Julio. I imagined him as being so hot! Overall, it is a fun, light book and despite my harsh critisim, I really like Ms. Draper as an author and I really enjoyed Romiette and Julio.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended- you must check it out !!!!

    One of the best books i ever read it kept me entertained for hours!!!! you need to buy this book !!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Omg!!!!!!!!!

    This was the best book i have ever read! My sister told me about it and i tgought hey what the heck. But it turne dout to be so good i literally could not put it sown. The way the author plays out the suspense at the end expecially but throughout tue book is so clever. If you havent read this book...you havent lived.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 11, 2009

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I lOve this author

    I love this book and This is my fav author!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    Modern Romeo and Juliet

    When Julio Montague and his family move to Cinncinnati, Ohio from Texas, he is an outcast. He had moved to escape gangs at his school and is surprised to find that the 'great school' his parents sent him to is much the same way. Immediately, on his first day, Julio gets into a fight and is confronted by the Devil-dogs--the local purple sweatshirt clad gang. He gets onto an online chatroom and meets this girl who not only lives in Cinncinnati, she also goes to school with Julio. After chatting they decide to meet in school. Julio thinks that Romi (as her friends call her) is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. Romi thinks that Julio is extremely handsome and really nice. They enjoy each other's company so much that they don't even notice--until the Devil-dogs confront them, in their own silent way--that Julio is Hispanic and Romi is Black. While this may make some of the people in school mad, the two teens are undeterred and continue to meet at lunch. But the gang isn't very happy about this and decide that the relationship has to stop. Julio tells Romi that he would die for her, but is that really enough. Will he actually have to?<BR/><BR/>This story was a good rendition of Romeo and Juliet, however there were a number of things in the book that started to get on my nerves. First of all, teens don't talk like that. Julio, when he's describing Romi to Ben, starts talking like he's been taken back into 19th century England with some more modern, but outdated slang. It sounds silly. I mean, seriously, I don't know any guys that talk like that and if I did I would probably be a little freaked out. It just isn't normal. People don't usually talk in verses. <BR/><BR/>And the slang is so annoying. I may not know all of today's slang, but I do know that that is not it. Not to mention that it is in every sentence! It is so overwhelming that I actually start skipping what they are saying. It can also be hard to read just because the characters aren't talking with good grammar. <BR/><BR/>Besides, I was expecting a little more romance than Julio saying "She's fine, man. Real fine." I mean, I can see them falling in love. But, I guess I would have liked more time to have been spent on the romance and them getting to know each other. <BR/><BR/>I was really looking forward to this book, and was disappointed when I finally read it. It wasn't what I was expecting and now I understand what other people were saying about it. I wouldn't suggest this book as a really good book to read. I would suggest you read it just because it can add a little insight into racial problems and gang problems that our public schools have. But that's really it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

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    not as good as i hoped.

    when i first heard about this book d i thought it sounded great. so a few days later i went and bought it. i started reading it but i did not think it was good at all. it took a long time for me to really get into the story. then as soon as i got into the story i fell out of it.<BR/> i couldnt even finish it because i just couldnt get it.<BR/> it also confused me at times.<BR/><BR/><BR/>i wouldnt really recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

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    Maya Sumpter's review on Romiette and Julio

    Well in the book it was wierd because Romiette and Julio's names are really close to the Shakespears play Romeo and Juilet. And it was kind of the same thing happening the gangs didnt like Julio and so they tried to break them up but nothing would do it. But also this book was overall a 10 in my ratings because it always kept me on my toes waiting to read what would happen next. I absoluty loved this book. And i recommend it to anyone that likes romantic stuff but would like some action in there also.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Romiette and Julio

    The Book I read was Romiette and Julio and was written by Sharon m. Draper. This book is a real attention grabber and a romantic novel. This book is somewhat like the old play of Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare, although the main characters didn¿t have that drastic ending but came very close. In the book Romiette and Julio, Romiette Cappelle thought she would never meet the right one or the perfect soul mate until Julio Montague comes along, a Hispanic who transferred from Texas because of the gang violence. When the first met Romiette thought highly of, him. She thought he was cute and had a wonderful personality but she felt that there would never be a chance with him because she was African American and he was Hispanic. Romiette and Julio shared the same thoughts about each other which was that they loved one another. They then became very close and were always hanging out at school and out side of school. Thinking that nothing could go wrong because they loved one another but others couldn¿t see the joy they had in there faces when they were together. One day at lunch they were approached by ¿The Family¿ or known as the Devil dogs. This local gang had a big problem with Julio because of the fact he was Hispanic and that he was hanging with Romiette. They thought that blacks should be with blacks and Hispanics should be with the Hispanics. They then threaten Julio to stay away from Romiette or else. Paying them no attention at all Julio continued to talk and hang out wit Romiette. While walking home, Romiette and Julio were approached again by the Devil Dogs. The Devil Dogs weren¿t playing at all, ¿ We¿ve warned you once and you failed to listen, so we must take matters into our own hands, Terrell said, the leader of the group. They began tying them both up and drive them to a lake, where a boat was awaiting their arrival. ¿The Family¿ put them both in a boat where they were left stranded in the big storm helpless. Two days pass and of course the parents were worried, they looked all over for them. After all the two were found and there life were changed ever since.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really did not like this book. The gangs, the 'love', or the plot in general. I guessed the ending and everything was NOT very realistic. Overall, it was VERY poor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    modern day romeo and juliette

    this book is about an africain american girl who believes in love at first sight, and a hispanic boy who never wanted to move away from his family. one day they both just happened to meet in a chat room online and they started to talk and they found out that they go to the same school.romiette knew they had a new student at school but she didnt know who it was. so the next day julio told romiette to meet her in the lunchroom and he would be standing on the table with a rose in one hand and hotsause in the other. they both liked hot sause on everything. they started to eat lunch with eachother every day. romiette and julio fell in love, when they started hanging out more a gang started to threaten their lives. but that wasnt going to stop them from loving eachother, so they kept hanging out. one day the gang got fed up and profucely tied them up and draged them away. the gang put them in a boat in the middle of the lake which is bad because romiette is deadly afraid of water. romiette's parents dont like julio because he is hispanic, and julios parents dont like romiette because they are black but they finally begin to work with eachother so they can find their kids. the question is will they ever be found and will they be okay?.......

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    For Mrs.Lasley

    Romiette and Julio is a perfect book for girls who love romance and drama books. Romiette and Julio facing gangs and critism from other students about the relationship doesn't stop the two love birds.Moving to Chiago the total opposite of a small mexican town where you grew up can be tough. Julio kept himself together long enough to meet Romiette and there souls instantly connected. not knowing how out of hand things would get they became very close friends to the part where they have to work with each other to survive. In this book you could really understand the definition of true love. Putting all cares and worries from what others think behind and letting your true feelings for one another explode and intwine together. This book has all the necessities of a great novel comedy, drama, romance, and fear. when you combine all together into one novel your senses and mind run wild with imagination.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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