Saving Juliet

Saving Juliet

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by Suzanne Selfors
     
 

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Manhattan meets Verona in this time-bending twist on Shakespeare.

When Mimi is magically thrust into the middle of Shakespeare's Verona, she must find a way to help Juliet fight for her future happiness. Will she be able to give this classic tragedy a happy ending?

"Selfors injects an angst-ridden seventeen-year-old Manhattan actress

Overview

Manhattan meets Verona in this time-bending twist on Shakespeare.

When Mimi is magically thrust into the middle of Shakespeare's Verona, she must find a way to help Juliet fight for her future happiness. Will she be able to give this classic tragedy a happy ending?

"Selfors injects an angst-ridden seventeen-year-old Manhattan actress into Shakespeare's star-crossed romance, yielding hilarious and often very clever results." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Absorbing, exciting and useful for teachers, too." —Kirkus Reviews

"Will appeal to fans of historical fiction, time travel, adventure, and love stories." —VOYA

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“*Starred Review* Selfors injects an angst-ridden 17-year-old Manhattan actress into Shakespeare's star-crossed romance, yielding hilarious and often very clever results. . . There are plenty of twists as Mimi meddles with Shakespeare's characters (she begins a romance with smooth-talking Benvolio, for example). The author even plays off traditional plot points, providing original versions of the infamous balcony scene and the potion that mimics death. Readers will have fun with the characters.” —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly

Selfors (To Catch a Mermaid) injects an angst-ridden 17-year-old Manhattan actress into Shakespeare's star-crossed romance, yielding hilarious and often very clever results. Mimi loathes her role as Juliet, but she feels pressured to continue acting in order to save her family's theater. When she is magically transported into Shakespeare's play, she instantly connects with Juliet, who is being pressured to marry Paris to save her family's name, and she becomes determined to give Juliet a "happy ending." There are plenty of twists as Mimi meddles with Shakespeare's characters (she begins a romance with smooth-talking Benvolio, for example). The author even plays off traditional plot points, providing original versions of the infamous balcony scene and the potion that mimics death. Readers will have fun with the characters, from a womanizing teen heartthrob who inadvertently travels back with Mimi (and reworks a pop song with Mercutio) to a spirited Juliet, who starts a rumor about a boil on her bottom to try to discourage Paris. Mimi herself is an honest, savvy narrator; she relates much of Shakespeare's plot to readers, and occasionally addresses them directly (e.g., "Turn the page for the grand finale"). The book ends a bit quickly, but after so much drama, readers will welcome the neat, happy conclusion. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)

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VOYA
Mimi Wallingford is a high school senior living under the burden of a family legacy-she is the great-granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford, matriarch of an acting dynasty. Mimi wants to move in other directions, but her mother insists that Mimi persist in carrying on the family tradition and keep their eponymous theater afloat. Mimi is so stressed out that she has begun having panic attacks, impeding her ability to perform the title role in their theater's current run of Romeo and Juliet. It is during one of these panic attacks that Mimi is magically transported to sixteenth century Verona, into the midst of the Capulet/Montague feud, and takes it upon herself to free Juliet from her horrible mother and her forced wedding to Paris. Also transported is Mimi's loathsome leading man, a teen pop idol. Romance and suspense ensue, and all's well that ends well, both for Mimi's life and for Juliet's. Selfors combines a number of successful conventions of young adult literature-controlling mothers, arrogant boy with a heart of gold-to end up with a fun romp. The ending is a little pat-Mimi's mother comes around way too suddenly-but it will certainly satisfy readers. The book will appeal to fans of historical fiction, time travel, adventure, and love stories. It also spans a large age range; "twelve and up" really does apply here. The clever cover will make this one jump off displays, and it will be easy to booktalk. Reviewer: Alice F. Stern
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up- Mimi Wallingford's famous theater family includes a renowned Shakespearean actress. The teen herself has performed since the age of three, and is constantly reminded by her mother that the family's reputation (and the financial stability of the Wallingford Theater) rests upon her shoulders. Mimi, however, would rather major in pre-med at UCLA than study acting. When she is cast as Juliet opposite teen-idol Troy's Romeo, the two are transported to medieval Verona via a magical Shakespeare charm where they meet the real Juliet, an unpretentious, freckle-faced girl of 13. As Mimi begins to see the parallels between the situation with her mother and Juliet's being pressured by Lady Capulet to marry Paris and save the family's fortunes, she resolves to help Juliet escape. Troy and Mimi get involved in a series of misadventures as she attempts to give Romeo and Juliet a happy ending and return to Manhattan. The book's premise has considerable potential, but it is not entirely realized in the uneasy mix of chick-lit humor and Shakespeare's story. Mimi's present-day situation is not believable, and her controlling mother is too exaggerated a character. However, the humor and the attractive cover might win this title some fans, so this would be worth purchasing where Shakespearean adaptations such as Tui T. Sutherland's This Must Be Love (HarperCollins, 2004) have been popular.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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Kirkus Reviews
What at first seems to be another you-don't-really-want-to-be-a-star plot breaks out into an almost-historical, almost time-travel fantasy surrounding Romeo and Juliet. Mimi doesn't want to be the scion of her acting family, propping up their fabled New York theater. She runs from her last performance as Juliet and finds herself in an odd version of 1594 Verona, accompanied by her insufferable pop-star leading man, Troy. Selfors uses the fantasy to illustrate the backstory to Romeo and Juliet, complete with feuding families and the filth of the times. Mimi decides to save Juliet from her fate, but her interference in Shakespeare's plot causes unexpected events and plenty of real danger for both Mimi and Troy. Most of the characters from the original appear, allowing Selfors to introduce her audience to the play, much like Caroline Cooney did for Macbeth with Enter Three Witches (2007). Absorbing, exciting and useful for teachers, too. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802797407
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
749,967
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 8.11(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Selfors held a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children's photographer, video producer, organic flower grower, and marketing director. She began writing full time after her daughter started school. She has two middle-grade novels forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Saving Juliet is her first teen novel. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Visit her Web site at www.suzanneselfors.com

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Bookgal14 More than 1 year ago
In Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors Mimi Wallingford is an actress from Manhattan playing Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with pop sensation, Troy Summers as her Romeo. On the night of the performance the necklace filled with the ashes of Shakespeare's quill pen that Mimi's wearing breaks and transports them back to Romeo and Juliet's Verona, Italy. Mimi is mistaken for being a Capulet and is whisked away to Capulet house. There she meet the Ice Queen-like Lady Capulet and the spunky Juliet. Now that she becomes friends with Juliet she wants to save her from Paris, her husband-to-be and her tragic ending. She starts falling for the hot and smooth Benvolio. Everything really picks up when Mimi finds Troy and the story unfolds very wonderfully. Troy works out a pop song with Mercutio before he fights with Tybalt, Juliet's cousin and dies. All the characters are awesome and it's great that Mimi and Troy end up together. And did anyone else notice that Lady Capulet's first name is Veroniue and Mimi's also controlling mom is named Veronica? Creepy similarity. Coincedence? Maybe, maybe not. Read Saving Juliet. It kept me laughing the entire time with Mimi's hilariously funny first-person narrative.
loveforthemoon More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute, and entertaining book, that I wouldn't mind reading again. It's funny too. I was a little worried that I might have trouble reading it. I was worried that when she goes back and meets Romeo and Juliet and all of the other characters that they would talk in Shakespearian. Luckily for me, they don't! They talk in a way that I and every teen can understand. :) Overall a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It take the tragic twist of the famous Romeo and Juliet into another perspective, more... modern, though in 1590's still. I read this book in under 20 hours, it is just one of those hard to put down books. I loved it!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book made a lot of great points and it was cute to see things end up so totally different, but yet the same characters are involved. The main character is Michelle(Mimi) Wallingford, the great granddaughter of a very famous theatre actress and someone who is not at all interested in the theater. All she wants is to go away to college...do something else for once and not have it involve theatre. Actually she hates the theatre, so much so that she has terrible anxiety attacks that most of the time leave her sick and frozen in place. Mimi finds out that her mother has been raiding a trust fund account that she was hoping to use for college on the West Coast to prop up the cash strapped theatre, enraging her and she blows up at her mother, on stage, right before the show, with an audience able to hear it as well. Storming off she runs out of the theatre and thru a twist of magic, lands in fair Verona, right at the time of Romeo and Juliet....the REAL one. What happens next is a race to understand what is happening as an outsider, and also not get herself and Troy, the hunky guy who plays Romeo in the play back home, killed by the warring Capulet and Montague houses. But Mimi takes the original story, and really "saves" Juliet because in this story she, nor Romeo die. We see Juliet as the young beautiful girl we expect, but we also see her as someone who truly did not want to marry an arranged man, who wanted to do so many other things. All the depth of a real teenage girl comes out in this story and you really get behind the plan to get them out of Verona and change the face of history. What I liked was not only did Mimi accomplish that task, but she broke thru her stage fright, she was brave and showed a lot of spunk. Plus the flirting she has with Benvolio back in Verona is sweet and full of young love. But it is her admission of affection to Troy that is the most satisfying and really lovely to see. Overall, the story is great and the dialog is wonderful. Not a line for line retelling of The Bard's original, but truly a new work that keeps you from scratching your head at Elizabethan English. The characters are all good and I can't think of any that I would take out. If you want to have a fun, fast read, then this will be good for you...just don't use this as your basis for your paper on the original, kay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should really buy this book! I LOVE the characters in this book, they're soooo funny
DaisyBuchanan10 More than 1 year ago
Why is it full of typos? Even the title is spelled wrong on the title pages.
Madeline Michels More than 1 year ago
Omg this book is EPIC!!! the perfect thing for a shakespeare geek like me teehee but omg i just about died from laughter when it talked about tybalts creeper codpeice.....i love this book!!!!!
PuzzleMe More than 1 year ago
I have always love Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and have always wondered what it would be like if it ended happily. This allows me to see it. Suzanne Selfors did an amazing job of incorporating Romeo and Juliet into her original plot. The way she wrote this book was all around perfect. This is a book that any Shakespeare fan can enjoy. You may enjoy it even if you are not a Shakespeare fan. This book is unique. I have to say that I have never read one like it. I would recommend it. It is sweet and I love the ending. Guess you will have to read it to see what I mean=].
Tracy Majer More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book! What a great twist on a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age recpmendation please
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It is rare to find a book that is such an epic read....you wish there were more when you are done. Brilliance of creativity and the unknown realms of imagination completely envelope this book. There are numerous tricks and even steamy scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it had a big twist on a classic tale I definitely reccomend this book to all readers Suzanne selfors, well done
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I love this book
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Never before had I thought about Romeo abd Juliet this way before! It was romantic, funny and adventurous! I must agree with Mimi, this up-beat retelling of the timeless tragedy has a better ending than the real version (no offense Shakespear)! A must read!!!