Pamela L. Laskin’s beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict.
Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.
The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
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About the Author
Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English department at City College of New York and directs the Poetry Outreach Center. A published poet and author, she has written several poetry chapbooks and children’s books, including Homer the Little Stray Cat, and short YA stories for both Sassy and Young Miss magazines. She is currently a Colin Powell fellow and a SEED grant recipient for Poetry Outreach, and she has received three RF CUNY grants for completion of creative work. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ronit & Jamil has been a wonderful ride. It actually surprised me that it was written in prose. but then again Romeo and Juliet was written in somewhat the same way because it's a play. in a way, i don't understand why this book has low ratings. i guess, this book is not for everybody. if anything, the point of view of who was saying the lines was quite confusing. but once you get the hang of it, you would understand them. i guess the ending was a bit lack-luster, but i thought it was good. I personally enjoyed the book. though very limited in words and descriptions, I like how I was left to imagine what was happening. i was also left with powerful words that was amazing. the book very much describes Ronit and Jamil's passion for each other. and I thought it had a dash of eroticism that I thought is very realistic to today's youth. despite the low ratings, I do give this book a thumbs up. *i recieved a published copy of this book via goodreads giveaway
When I heard about the idea of this book, I was all for it! I KNEW I needed it in my life. But then when I heard it was in verse, I was definitely A LOT more weary of it. Normally, books in verse and I do NOT get along. This put me off from requesting it, but I did still want to read it. And I'm kinda glad I didn't let it ago right away. Ronit and Jamil live on opposite sides of the train tracks in a world that is ravaged by war. Thier famalies are on opposite sides of the war, but have found a way to work together. Jamil and Ronit fall in love and can only think of one thing, each other. For the most part, I did enjoy the story. Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet are the only Shakespeare plays I actually read and liked in high school, so I can see why it intrigued me. The storyline is a little hard to follow since it IS in verse and it seems to jump around, but since it's a retelling it made it a little easier to follow. I even recognized some of the words from the original play, and that made all the difference. The writing style itself was good too. As stated, I'm not a huge fan of verse novels, but this one did have some beautifully written poems. There were some things that made me cringe, but that was more of the war stories. I don't like hearing about it on the news, so hearing about it in my "escape" was just as sad. I also loved that she genderswapped "Romeo and Juliet." It was pretty cool to see things happen from the different POVs. It was a solid book of poetry about a subject others might not know about. This wasn't something I would normally read, but I'm glad I didn't completely push it aside. I can see myself maybe reading more poetry by her someday.