Mimi Wallingford wants to be a doctor, not play one on TV – or on a stage, for that matter. But playing anything on a stage is all she gets to do, since she’s the third generation in her famous acting family. At 17, she’s right on track to attend a “crème de la crème” theater school like her mother and her late father. Her own plans are merely understudies who will never get to grace the stage.
Now her mother has made her act yet again in (her family’s) production of Romeo and Juliet in (the family’s) venerable old theater. She’s not happy about it, needless to say.
But everything changes when she is suddenly and mysteriously thrust into Shakespeare’s Verona, and into the middle of the real story of Romeo and Juliet. Her adventure getting to know the characters — and trying to change their tragic ending into a happy one — gives her some new perspective.
Saving Juliet is an entertaining novel; it has some stock characters and situations but does a good job crafting a fun story around a clever idea.
Rated: Moderate for a fair amount of mild and moderate language. Has some mild references to sex and body parts. Most appropriate for older teens and adults.