The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

Posted September 26, 2011 | 6 Comments

The Juliet Spell by Douglas ReesThe Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Format: eARC
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I'd cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William's younger brother.

Good thing he's sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he's from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there's something about him that's making my eyes go star-crossed....

What a cute book!  I had actually put The Juliet Spell off for awhile because I wasn’t sure that I’d like it all that much, but it was good.  It was a really quick and enjoyable read.  When Miranda (Miri) Hoberman, a sixteen-year-old girl from Guadalupe, California wants to be Juliet in a school play, she decides to cast a spell to make her so.   Well, that doesn’t go quite as she hoped.  Instead, Edmund, the younger brother of William Shakespeare appears on her table.  That’s right, all the way from England, 1597.  Now what’s a girl to do?  Introduce him to the 21st century, of course!

I like Miranda – she often exaggerates, obsesses, and over thinks things, but it’s in a funny way.  She lives with just her mother after her dad left a couple years earlier to “find himself,” and I like the relationship the two of them have.  I think Edmund is funny in his assessments of the new world around him, and how he dislikes his brother, Will.  As Miranda helps Edmund adjust to 21st century California, her feelings for him begin to grow, but he seems to be interested in someone else.  Then there’s Drew and Bobby who are friends with Miranda and are in the play with her.  And instead of a triangle, it kind of turns into a love square.

I admit, I haven’t read any Shakespeare since high school, but this book seriously got me wanting to read some.  Even though I haven’t read much of it in 10+ years, I’m still familiar with some of his work, so I had a feeling about how the story might end.  I was actually very pleased with the ending.

One thing that got on my nerves a little, though, was the use of the word “dude.”  Listen, I’m a native Californian and I’ve grown up with “dude” in my everyday vocabulary.  Heck, I still use it.  But, when I read it over and over, it gets kind of annoying.  It was funny, however, when Miranda and Drew would say things in Edmund’s 1597 way.

The Juliet Spell wasn’t GREAT, but it was a cute, quick, fun book.  I’m glad I didn’t let it slip by, because it actually left me feeling really happy.

“And the girls are so lovely.  Ye all have all your teeth” – Edmund

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6 responses to “The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

  1. I was so bugged by the use of “dude” I was like wth?? I live in San Jose, literally 30 minutes fron the beach and I don't know anyone who says “dude” that much. It was almost like Rees was trying too hard to write for teens. I don't know.. I liked this one, but I felt like some of it was forced.

  2. Yeah, it was way overused. That's funny.. I lived in San Jose for a awhile and I spend a lot of time in SoCal. It's definitely used more down south, but not as much as in the book, unless they are pot smoking surfers. lol

  3. Nice review! I had heardif this book, but hadn't read any reviews or even the synopsis. Sounds like reading it might be a niceway to spend the afternoon!

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