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Still Star-Crossed [NOOK Book]

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Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, still anguished by the loss of his ...
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Still Star-Crossed

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Overview

Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo's affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there's no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself. 
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This fast-paced, captivating sequel to Romeo and Juliet is a fascinating homage to one of the Bard's best-loved plays. Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Romeo, and Juliet have all perished by the sword or by poison, and yet the houses of Capulet and Montague still rage against each other. Prince Escalus, desperate for peace in his city, determines that the only way to end the bloodshed is for a marriage to take place between the households. Rosaline, niece to Capulet, who once rejected her erstwhile suitor, Romeo, and Benvolio, nephew to Lord Montague, are the chosen, but they have no interested in marrying each other and resolve to end the violence without approaching the altar. Meanwhile, Rosaline's sister Livia discovers that Paris is still alive and falls in love with him while secretly nursing him back to health. However, Paris, guided by the treachery of Lady Capulet, decides to amass an army to dethrone the prince. Full of secrets, duels, and duplicity, this novel brings a joyous ending to a once-tragic tale. Although Paris and Lady Capulet are evil personified, Rosaline, Benvolio, and Livia are well-developed characters, and Escalus and Friar Lawrence, though less important, are believably complex. The period details of costume and custom greatly enhance the story's realism, and the quick-moving action will keep readers both alert and entranced. This well-written novel, whether standing alone or serving as a back-door introduction to the original, should be a first purchase for school and public libraries.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2013:"A perfect blend of the intimate and the epic, the story both honors its origin and works in its own right."
Kirkus Reviews
Love and violence intertwine in this spectacular sequel to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The peace purchased with Romeo's and Juliet's deaths lasts two weeks before the Capulets and Montagues renew their fight in the streets of Verona. Those closest to the young lovers struggle with their grief: Rosaline Tirimo mourns both her cousin Juliet and her former suitor, Romeo, but resolves to escape the cycle of violence and the grudging charity of the Capulet family by becoming a nun. Benvolio Montague sees Mercutio's and Romeo's ghosts everywhere, but he suppresses his anger at the Capulets. Then Prince Escalus attempts to force the feuding families into concord by arranging a marriage between Rosaline and Benvolio, even as a third party incites riots and slays young Capulets and Montagues indiscriminately. Unlike their cousins' whirlwind romance, Rosaline and Benvolio's courtship consists of squabbling, sleuthing and a grudging sense of duty. Taub splits her focus between the personal and the political, sending the narrative shuttling among Rosaline, Benvolio, Rosaline's spirited sister, Livia, and desperate Prince Escalus without losing the thread. Rosaline and Benvolio's tale is equal parts historical fiction, detective story and high adventure, relayed in accurate but not overwhelming period language, informed by Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare's other works but offering an expanded and original perspective. A perfect blend of the intimate and the epic, the story both honors its origin and works in its own right. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449816653
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 308,949
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

MELINDA TAUB teaches writing and writes comedy for the Upright Citizens Brigade stage and website as well as for a variety of other outlets, including The Onion and FUSE TV. She lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    From the moment I picked this book up and started to read, I was

    From the moment I picked this book up and started to read, I was fascinated and entirely sucked in. I admire Rosaline's strength and independence and I absolutely love Benvolio! The dialogue is incredible. I feel like I'm actually reading a play that Shakespeare wrote because of Taub's ability to write in Shakespearean English. The mystery throughout the whole story had me thinking about who the antagonist might be over and over. What I really love is the idea to go beyond what happened in "Romeo and Juliet". It's hard to find a good book with the influence of Shakespeare, and I'm hoping that Taub puts out more books like this. To wrap it up in just a sentence, I would say: If you are looking for a book set in the Renaissance, look no further than "Still Star-Crossed",  because the drama is wonderful and the romance is so sweet that I feel Romeo and Juliet may just be pushed aside. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    This book is absolutely incredible. The characters are wonderful

    This book is absolutely incredible. The characters are wonderful, vivid, and infuriating. I felt as though I was walking in the dark, bloodied streets at night beside Benvolio. At various points throughout, "Still Star-Crossed" made me want to punch a wall in frustration and applaud Rosaline's words, punch one of the characters in the face and laugh at Livia's scorching wit. This is an immediate top ten favorite for me. I just finished it, and I already want to read it again. Melinda Taub's Rosaline is one of my favorite characters of all time (She may be second only to Loki and Elphaba). I desperately hope that Melinda Taub writes more books like this, with glorious characters borrowed from Shakespeare. I would buy it without even reading the back.

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