Saving Juliet

Saving Juliet

by Suzanne Selfors

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Mimi Wallingford is a teen actress from a famous Broadway family. Unfortunately, she wants no part of a life in theatre, nor can she stand Troy, the teen pop idol who is cast to play Romeo opposite her as Juliet. When she and Troy are suddenly thrust back into Shakespeare's Verona, Mimi meets and befriends Juliet, seeing that they have more in common than just Shakespeare. With Troy's help, she saves Juliet and her Romeo from their tragic destiny, bringing both pairs of star-crossed lovers a happy ending.

Product Details

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

About 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

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Saving Juliet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
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 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=].
uyenthy22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Saving Juliet, encompasses the theme that things are not as they seem. In the beginning, Mimi, great-granddaughter of the famous actress Adelaide Wallingford, tries to keep up the family name as she internally struggles with her stage fright for the upcoming play where she, Juliet, meets the gorgeous, girl-attracting celebrity, Troy Summers. But just before the last performance, she and Troy wind up on the streets of Verona as Shakespeare envisioned it. As the story of Romeo and Juliet takes on a new path, Mimi realizes that the young Juliet has a wild nature, instead of the controlled manner she portrays to readers. She also realizes that arrogant, ignorant actor that she had to deal with covered up Troy¿s true caring personality. Most importantly, by the end, she understands that even a girl like her, who has lived under her mother¿s control her entire life, can have the power to write her own future. (265/256)
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Saving Juliet by Suzanne SelforsReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.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? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)This was such a cute, fresh, fun and fast read. I loved every page of it. Mimi was hilarious and Troy was annoying in a funny way. I really liked Selfors' Romeo and Juliet. She brought a new life and a new twist to them. I have never read a re-telling that had this twist on it, so that was great. It was a very original idea and Selfors did a fantastic job in telling her version. The descriptions of 16th century Verona were so vivid you could almost smell the decay in the streets. All of the characters were believable and Selfors explains why the characters speak in English and not in Shakespearean English. All of the questions of why, she explained which is great. If you like re-tellings or Shakespeare in general, I would highly recommend this book. * Paperback: 272 pages * Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009) * ISBN-10: 0802798314 * Author: Suzanne Selfors * Cover art: I love the mix of modern and 16th century. * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars. * Obtained: My personal bookshelves.
bluejulie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this second book by Selfors. I like the concept and plot of the story and what it symbolizes for the main character. Althugh I found Mimi a tad too submissive and indecisive, she was a well-developed character.Other characters were less convincing. I didn't like how both mothers in the novel went from perfectly horrendous mothers to all mushy and nice. (Well, Juliet's mother redeemed herself by betraying Mimi and Troy in the end). The same thing goes for Troy Summer. From a shallow pop singer who couldn't care less about others (especially Mimi), he turns into a decend guy who only behaved that way because he was mesmerized by Mimi. That was a bit hard to swallow, along with his change of taste in music.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed how this book ended up. At first, I was a little sick of the whiney main character, but throughout the book she really grew into herself. Basically, the plot is that she is performing in Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet, and is having some serious nerves. A necklace her aunt gave her (with the ashes of Shakespeare's quill inside supposedly) shatters and she and her costar - a pop star who she both loathes and wants - are transported into Romeo and Juliet - only this time, things happen a little differently. Overall, I really enjoyed the book.
saplin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting because of the tie to Romeo and Juliet, but otherwise I thought it was contrived and a little cheesy. An anxious 21st century teen actor and her co-star are magically transported into the play.
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 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book