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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689842090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689842092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10-A contemporary retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story with a happy, upbeat ending. Sixteen-year-old Julio Montague's parents have moved their family to Cincinnati, OH, in order to get their son out of his gang-ridden high school in Corpus Christi, TX. Romiette Cappelle, also 16, is the daughter of successful African-American parents and the granddaughter of college professors. When these two young people, both from proud heritages, begin a romance, they must deal not only with their parents' prejudices but also with the threats of a local gang called The Family. At times, Romiette and Julio effectively parallels and contemporizes the original story. The young couple meet, not at the Capulets' feast, but in an Internet chat room. Julio's friend, Ben Olsen (read Benvolio), who looks like a punk rocker, has an optimistic and irreverent attitude that balances Julio's passion and volatility. At other times, the allusions to the play are obvious and heavy-handed. Nonetheless, this novel is more than simply a carefully plotted teenage romance. Draper gives a realistic portrayal of the interactions among high school students as well as their relationships with their parents. The book also examines how gangs can gain power and take control. All of the characters have unique voices and the writing style shifts according to the action. Romiette and Julio would be a wonderful curriculum tie-in book, but it also stands alone as a first-rate novel about contemporary teens.
Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

When Romiette Capelle, aka Afroqueen, and Julio Montague, aka Spanishlover, meet in an Internet chat room, neither of them has any idea they both go to the same Cincinnati high school. Afroqueen is from a prominent African American family; Spanishlover is Hispanic and the new kid in town. When Romiette and Julio meet in person, they know they are fated to be together. In keeping with their Shakespearean counterparts, they are thwarted in love: a local gang, the Devildogs, is set on keeping Romiette away from the "foreigner." The dialogue (and there's lots of it) is jarring and stilted, and Romiette's father and some peripheral adult characters are overdone. But Draper has created Julio's parents and Romiette's mother with sensitivity and has given readers a pair of intriguing, unusual protagonists with the sort of real thoughts and feelings that will make this interracial story satisfying despite its stylistic problems. Holly Koelling --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Sharon Draper is a two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, most recently for Copper Sun, and previously for Forged by Fire. She's also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent for Tears of a Tiger and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for The Battle of Jericho and November Blues. Her other books include Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn, and Double Dutch. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years. She's a popular conference speaker, addressing educational and literary groups both nationally and internationally.

Customer Reviews

It will keep you reading until the end of the page.
From suspense to romance and comedy, Romiette and Julio possess all the aspects of a great modernized story of Romeo and Juliet.
Jacquelyn D. Black
Like the time one of them says "have you noticed are names are like Romio and Juliet? I wonder if we'll end up the same".
Bob McBobberson

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "rachelle532" on January 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For my ninth grade English class, we were assigned to read the play Romeo and Juliet. That's why, when at the library, I spotted this book and decided to read it. Compared to the original play, this book was wonderfully sweet and romantic. African-American Romiette Cappelle (called Romi) and Hispanic Julio Montague are the two heros this time. Both sixteen and juniors in high school, they meet over the internet and develop a strong relationship, that even objections from a local gang cannot deter. This book chronicles thier journey to an open relationship that overcomes racial boundaries. I recommend this book for approximately ages 9-14.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Break Fire on April 18, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book Review
Romiette and Julio
By: Sharon M. Draper
The story of Romiette And Julio is a modern version of Shakespeare's classic play "Romeo and Juliette." You might think you know what happened in the story, but you don't. The couple in the story will show you how love can over come any obstacle.
Romiette is an African-American sixteen year old girl who fall in love with Julio a Hispanic sixteen year old boy. The romance between them causes the Devil Dogs a gang who are also called the Family to separated them because of different races. Romiette and Julio love each other so much that they decided to confronted the Devil Dogs. That leads Romiette and Julio to a life and death situation.
In Shakespear's version, both character family are enemies from generation. Both families want Romeo and Juliette to separate from each other. That at the end both end up dead for love. Romiette and Julio have strong belief that their bond will keep them together. And help them over come people who are trying to force them apart. They know true love conquers all just as Romeo and Juliet did.
Romiette and Julio couldn't stand the violence that the gangs are threatening to use if they don't breakup. So to stop the Devil Dogs threat, Romiette and Julio decided to meets the gangs at London Park and solve their problems without telling the authority figures. The danger both character gone through reveal their true feeling for each other. They both will risk each other life to saved the other one.
Romiette and Julio's story is not very different from Shakespear's classic version, but it does have a different ending. Love is powerful, the decision that you choose will effect your future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Romiette and Julio is a great book about love, friendship, and cultural diversity. Julio moved and was having a hard time adjusting to his new school. He went on the internet and started talking in a chat room. Julio met Romiette in the chat room and began talking to her everyday. One day in school they met and became friends. However, Julio is Mexican and Romiette is African American. Many people disagreed with their relationship, including their parents, but they did not let that bother them. A gang harrasses Julio and Romiette due to their interracial relationship. A tragedy, that pulls Romiette and Julio closer, gains approval and respect from their parents and friends.

I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting and hard to put down. There is a lot of foreshadowing in the book which makes it exciting and fun to read. The book relates to the real world. It is about cultural diversity, disapproval, friendship, and love. In the real world all these things occur.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Everyone can learn something from this book. It has the power to change the way you think of someone when you meet them. You will not be as judgmental or draw conclusions as fast. It was also teach the importance of love and friendship. This book is great and anyone who reads it will love it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Proczko on February 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It is written for today's young adult readers, discussing current issues in a very readable format. It shows alternating points of view, employing various techniques such as journals and internet chat room dialogue, to develop the characters and move the action along. My eighth grade students love it. They are using it as a part of literary circles centered on the theme of adolescence.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Rowland on July 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Suspense, racism, Internet intrigue, and romance; this book has it all! Romiette Cappelle, a black American girl, meets Julio Montague, a Hispanic boy from Texas, in a chat room. When they meet in person in the school cafeteria it is love at first sight. The similarity of their names with Shakespeare's heroes is not coincidence. Romiette and Julio's relationship attracts harassment by the school's Black gang, the Devildogs. They don't like the new Hispanic boy dating a "sister." Things go from bad to worse when the couple and their friends try to expose the gang's illegal activities in order to persuade gang members to leave them alone. The conclusion is far sweeter than Shakespeare's, if not a little predictable. This is a quick, enjoyable novel for today's teens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dominique Shortridge on May 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Romiette and Julio, a novel relating to the children of todays world. A story filled with violence, danger, but best of all love and a little bit of comedy. Romiette a young black female fell in love with a hispanic brother named Julio, who in return lovd her back. Now a days you would think that it would always be the parents to prevent young love, but now things are changing. A gang that ride by the name of Devildogs refuse to acknoledge the fact that one of their skin tones is dating another. If you've already read the novel Romeo and Juliet I suggest you read the remix: Romiette and Julio. In this book you'll be able to relate so many problems of today with the ones in this one book.This novel has the power to make you laugh, cry, and so angry all at the same time, so my advice to ya'll youngin's jump out this world for a while, and read yourself through another, because there is no other place better to run away to then in a book, exspecially one made just for you...
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