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The Juliet Club

by Suzanne Harper

Rated: None

Seriously sensible Kate suddenly gets the opportunity to spend a month in Verona studying Shakespeare. Her best friends think it’s the perfect way to get over the studious boy who just dumped her and find a hot Italian guy. She thinks it’s a great way to focus on the Bard and put the silly notion of falling in love behind her for good.

In Italy, Kate meets a small group of teens with diverse interests and personalities, some of whom don’t really want to be there but are nonetheless. This includes Giacomo, the flirtatious guy who also happens to be the son of their bestselling-author teacher. Then there are Benno, the hard-working but kind of clueless local, and Tom, an American who is actually more into soccer than he is into Shakespeare, and Lucy, a sweet and cute Southern girl, and Silvia, a pretty but sharp-tongued Italian.

The group studies Romeo and Juliet, but also answers other teens’ letters to Juliet and acts out portions of the play for a party at the end of the program. And, of course, they find themselves in love.

This is a fun little book, not really all about Kate, even though she’s the focus character, but more of an ensemble rom-com, similar to a clean teen “Love Actually” or “Valentine’s Day.” Fun, easy read.

Rated: None. There are one use of mild language and two references to deity, and a few completely innocuous kisses.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Juliet Club
  • by Suzanne Harper
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Young adult
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