Book reviews are something I’ve been wanting to do and with all the great books I’ve been reading lately, I figured now was a good time to do it. I will be posting one every Friday and you can also follow along with what I’ve been reading on Goodreads. I believe people of all ages can read YA and I will be focusing mainly on that.
When I found out that Jennifer Duncan, author of Hot Dog Girl, had a new book coming out based on Shakespeare I was thrilled. Admittedly I’m not a Romeo and Juliet fan so I was also a little worried. I shouldn’t have been worried though because it was a delight. There was melodrama, of course, it wouldn’t be loosely based on Shakespeare if there wasn’t, but it was also a lovely queer story with wonderful mental health representation.
The premise is pretty simple. The stepdaughter of an Indie comic book artist and store owner meets and falls in love with the son of a huge comic book chain store, and he can’t tell her who he is. That has to go well, right?
Despite the fact that it’s based on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, it still surprisingly felt fresh. The mental health aspect really added to it as well. Instead of the suicide at the end of Romeo and Juliet, there were heartbreaking hints of suicidal ideation throughout the novel. I won’t give away the plot, but I will promise that it ends better than its source material.
Occasionally I was frustrated with the characters and the lying. The melodrama could be a little much sometimes, but then there were these completely real and raw character moments and it made me forget that I was annoyed.
Fans of Shakespeare, comic books, and YA will love this book.