Genre: Contemporary | Shakespeare | Teen Romance
Kate Sanderson has been burned by love. From now on, she thinks, I will control my own destiny, and I will be reasoned and rational. But life has other things in store for Kate. Namely, a summer abroad studying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the very town where the star-crossed lovers met, Verona, Italy. Kate is thrown together with two other American teens and three Italians for a special seminar—and for volunteer duty at the Juliet Club, where they answer letters from the lovelorn around the world. Can Kate's cool logic withstand the most romantic summer ever? Especially when faced with the ever-so-charming Giacomo and his entrancing eyes . . . ?
Suzanne Harper's The Juliet Club is a delightful young adult novel for girls who love Shakespeare. You will see yourself in at least one of the characters and your friends in others. You will also find that each character represents one character from one of Shakespeare's plays. The story is all about how Kate is trying to recover from her jerk of an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her. She vows to never fall in love again. Of course, that is before she gets chosen to go on a trip to Verona to study Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It is also where she meets the handsome Giacomo, a boy she is determined to hate. However, when schemers unite and deception is the game, Kate finds her heart slowly softening towards Giacomo.
What I love most about this novel is the witty dialogue and the quotes from Shakespeare's plays that are seamlessly incorporated by the characters. I found myself laughing on almost every page and tearing up on the others. This novel forces the reader to evaluate their own personal views on love and romance. Are you a romantic or do you prefer the logical side to love?