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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1st edition (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797407
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly
*Starred Review* "Selfors injects an angst-ridden 17-year-old Manhattan actress into Shakespeare's star-crossed romance, yielding hilarious and often very clever results. . . There are plenty of twists as Mimi meddles with Shakespeare's characters (she begins a romance with smooth-talking Benvolio, for example). The author even plays off traditional plot points, providing original versions of the infamous balcony scene and the potion that mimics death. Readers will have fun with the characters."

About the Author

Suzanne Selfors held a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children's photographer, video producer, organic flower grower, and marketing director. She began writing full time after her daughter started school.  She has two middle-grade novels forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Saving Juliet is her first teen novel.  She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Visit her Web site at www.suzanneselfors.com

More About the Author

Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.
You can visit her at www.suzanneselfors.com.

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Its a fun twist to Romeo and Juliet.
JesusJuice
SPOILER WARNING* I actually really liked how I switched between liking Benvolio and Troy.
S. Steiner
It is very gratifying to have another story based on the classic Shakespeare story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute book that may actually encourage adolescent girls to read Shakespeare, or at least to watch the Claire Danes Romeo + Juliet. I'll take it.

Mimi Wallingford is a teenaged stage actress, and the granddaughter of a famed Broadway actress and producer, who really wants to quit her day job and become a doctor. Her mother won't hear of it, though, and has gotten an admissions officer from a prestigious acting school to come and see Mimi play Juliet in her family's production of that most famous of Shakespeare's plays. Mimi has a panic attack before she sets foot on stage, though, and ends up getting transported back in time (along with her co-star, a Zac Efron type) to Romeo and Juliet's Verona.

While there, she does her best to help the star-crossed couple - and herself - achieve a happy ending, with plenty of humorous mishaps along the way, and all is right with the world. This book is a little dorky, and I'm not convinced by all of the characterizations of Shakespeare's characters (Benvolio and Mercutio mystified me, in particular), but the book was a lot of fun, so I won't be critical. If you've read this summary and are still considering reading the book, you'll probably enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer" on May 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford seems to have it all. A famous Broadway name and the part of Juliet in a family production.

But she doesn't want to act. What she really wants to do is go away to college to study medicine like her aunt in California. But her mother wants none of that. Mimi feels trapped in her life.

Then both her and the lead of the play, heartthrob Troy Summer, are transported to a place where Romeo and Juliet really exist. Mimi wants to save Juliet from her fate but in rewriting the story will she end up stuck in Shakespeare's Verona?

I really enjoyed this twist on the whole Romeo and Juliet story. Who hasn't wanted to escape their life? This engaging tale will keep the reader turning the pages. I don't remember much of the Shakespeare tale but Suzanne Selfors does a great job weaving in the story. A must read for anyone who enjoys a good YA historical tale. Who knows? It might make you want to go and reread the Shakespeare tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Cassella on January 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book--for myself and my young teen daughter. Selfors writes a quick-paced, humorous and inventive tale that still gets a great message across. Loved her sense of humor and characters you'd like to invite home with you. Highly recommend this for pre-teen and early teen girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Smith on May 20, 2012
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While this is a literary vehicle I see frequently, Suzanne Selfors has not disappointed. Mimi Wallingford is a legacy in the theater world. She has been home-schooled because she is a stage actress and star of all the productions in the Wallingford theater, her family legacy. She is expected to go to the Theater Institute for drama in college and then one day take over the theater from her mother. The problem is, she doesn't want to be an actress. And the theater isn't doing well.
Enter stage right, leading man and Romeo, Troy Summer, a teen idol and heartthrob. He is drop-dead gorgeous, arrogant and is egocentric. He has a different girl on his arm every week. While Mimi can't help the attraction she feels for him, she gives him the cold shoulder and ignores him except when they are on stage together. She is Juliet to his Romeo.

Mimi's mother is domineering, feels she knows what is best for Mimi and makes decisions for Mimi whether or not Mimi consents. She is also quick to lay the guilt trip on. Mimi also finds out her mother is embezzling funds from her trust fund.
Mimi is feeling trapped. She was expecting to go to California to visit her aunt who is in the medical profession, but her mother cancels the trip because Mimi is needed to make a DVD of the stage production of Romeo and Juliet. She heads home to find a package from her aunt that contains a necklace with a charm reputed to hold the ashes of William Shakespeare's quill. When she shows up for the final performance, her mother demands she remove the necklace as it is not period. In an act of defiance, probably her only act of defiance, she refuses. An argument ensues and she wishes she were anywhere but here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Open Book on August 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was really a FUN read! Loved the author's style in delivering the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Steiner on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! The cover is what first caught my attention. The story was a great idea. When i first found out what it was about it reminded about the movie "Pleasentville" and i laughed when Mimi made a referance to it.

*SPOILER WARNING*
I actually really liked how I switched between liking Benvolio and Troy. I think it was clever of the author to have the "you can't judge a book by it's cover" with the two guys. Also i'm so glad that Romeo and Juliet still end up together and that they get a happily ever after.
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Great read. It kept me interested. <3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Henstra on February 1, 2008
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Saving Juliet is funny endearing energetic and very readable. A story about how powerful two different girls from two Very different worlds can become once thay make a choice to control their own futures. The page count makes this a great book for a rainy afternoon. HIGHLY ENJOYABLE!
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