Still Star-Crossed

Still Star-Crossed

by Melinda Taub


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Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again. 
This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385743501
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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Still Star-Crossed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There’s nothing bad to be said about this. Excellent read that makes you wish it could go on forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and great way to fill the story after Romeo and Juliet. Benvelio and Rosaline forever!!!!
thelonereader More than 1 year ago
Still Star-Crossed has been on my TBR since the year it released, but for some reason, I never got around to reading it (which is actually really weird because you don’t even know how hyped up I was for Benvolio and Rosaline’s hate-to-love romance). When I heard about the tv show coming out, I again meant to pick up the book and give it a go before the pilot aired, but again, for whatever reason, I never got around to it. Now, we’re five episodes into the show and I am absolutely in love, despite knowing that this first season will be its last. I didn’t have the patience to wait for the next episode, and so I picked up the book, hoping for a fix. Having finished the novel, I did get a fix, although not in the way I was hoping for. While I was watching the show, I watched it very innocently. I didn’t pay any mind to the flaws in the show, and simply focused on everything I loved about it. I ignored the rather shallow hate-to-love setup and instead enjoyed the chemistry and good looks shared between Benvolio and Rosaline. Unfortunately, take away that chemistry and charm, and what you get is the book version of the romance. It’s exactly the same thing, but without those factors, it’s really hard to appreciate the romance. Similarly, reading the book brought to my attention the fact that Still Star-Crossed really isn’t the greatest story in the world. The character building is for naught, the plot itself is rather simple, and the romance – oh, the romance! – it’s quite dull and beyond predictable. I feel that the story works better in the show format because there are so many other points of views added; the show adds depth where the book didn’t have any. There were only very small, obvious changes between the show and the book, but those changes open up possibilities to add another storyline, or to insert another conflict. For example, Isabella, the prince’s sister, has a much greater role in the show, and because of this, not only does her character become more fleshed out, but her conflicts with other characters bring more to the story. Show writers must always think on a larger scale – they must ask new questions in order to extend a single book into multiple seasons. In this case, those questions make the entirety of Still Star-Crossed more interesting than its original book form. But that’s just me. If you’ve never heard of the Still Star-Crossed, it takes place after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in the same world, and with many of the same characters. Granted, I have yet to read that classic play, but even I know the basics. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have just committed suicide shortly after their secret wedding, and Verona is a mess, with the Capulets and the Montagues killing each other in the streets this way and that. Benvolio Montague is cousin to Romeo, and Rosaline is friend to Juliet. They are most certainly not fond of each other, and yet the Prince of Verona orders them to marry in an attempt to call a ceasefire between the two houses – neither child is happy about this. At the same time, it seems that there may be more to these murders than meets the eye, and Rosaline and Benvolio decide to solve the mystery in an attempt to find the culprit(s) and thereby void the reason for their marriage. Read the rest at:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.