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YOLO Juliet (OMG Shakespeare) Hardcover – May 26, 2015

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About the Author

BRETT WRIGHT holds a BFA in creative writing and works full-time as a children’s book editor in New York City. In college, he studied Shakespearean tragedy, which was sadly lacking in emoticons. His greatest love affair has been with pizza.
 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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Product Details

  • Series: OMG Shakespeare
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553535390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553535396
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I literally have a BFA in Shakespeare and this is both charming and hilarious. Shakespeare is not some haughty literature meant to be accessible only to the highest levels of the 1%. It's dick jokes and bad puns and even the most solemn tragedies still have oafs and relief. Some other reviewer called this the nadir of writing well I say it's a zenith upholding Shakespeare's bawdy traditions with pride. Cheers to you, Brett Wright! You're using your Shakespeare degree a hell of a lot better than I am!
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Be warned. Although this is geared towards younger readers, it is extremely racy. (ie: Romeo discusses "pollinating Juliet's pink flower.") For an older reader it might be amusing, but it left me with a weird feeling of reading an off-color children's book. Lots of FML, GTFO, IDGF, OMFG, and WTFs. I bought this for a 13 year old and don't think it's at all appropriate for that age group.
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For everyone complaining about how it's dumbing down the true artistry Shakespeare provided in Romeo and Juliet, you don't have any idea how much of a troublemaker he truly was or even how silly he takes things. I mean come on, have you not read Midsummer Night's Dream?

As an avid reader of Shakespeare's plays, I honestly thought the idea of this was clever. Most times you'll go out to seek renditions that are easier to read for his plays, most people jump onto the No Fear Shakespeare (hell I think I have a N.F.S. copy of Antony and Cleopatra). But what this did was take his plays and "modernize" it to some extent. The writer put his own twist on the play and I think that's what makes it very unique. It's the same storyline of course but simply put into "modern" texting terms. When you finally get over the fact it's written via Smartphone texts, it's actually quite humorous and goofy. Probably one of my favorite sections is as follows:

Mercutio: Out with it then! So how was her pink flower? 🌸
Benvolio: Ugh. Mercutio.
Romeo: Let's just say it's been pollinated. 🐝
Benvolio: Ugh. ROMEO!
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My daughter, who is not a voracious reader, was up all night reading this. I saw this on a table at a bookstore, picked it up, browsed through it and was chuckling, when my daughter declared she really wanted to read this. She was up all night reading it. I quizzed her on some of the characters names and plot lines, and she knew it cold.

She couldn't wait to read another one, so we went back the next day and got Srsly Hamlet. She was up all night reading that too, she couldn't put it down. So I've pre-ordered the rest of them.

People need to lighten up. I think this was a great idea to get younger kids interested in Shakespeare, and for the rest of us who have read some of his plays, it's just plain fun. When my daughter does read the original text, it won't be as daunting and will probably help her enjoyment of it
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Clever concept, cleverly done, but despite the recommendation of the local middle school librarian, the R rated language does not belong on a shelf for that age level.

"OMFG"? You let your kids talk like that? And in the back in the glossary it's actually spelled out, "Oh My F***ing God"? Shakespeare avoided blasphemy, but Brett Wright couldn't?

I bought this for my 11 yr old granddaughter and then had to apologize to her mother when she read it. Yes, I know that's how some people commonly text, but we don't, and we don't have to buy into it like it's polite speech. Define the culture downward all you like, but put a warning label on it next time--not for young readers.
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I got my undergrad In literature and had to read a LOT of Shakespeare. This is funny., accessible to all levels of readers, and gets to the "gist" of the story. I would guess after reading this reading the actual text would be a a little easier. Can't wait for the new ones in January!
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As someone who has been teaching R & J to ninth graders for over 12 years, I am thrilled to have this funny and fun book as a supplemental resource. Anything that makes Shakespeare more accessible is a welcome addition to teaching! Great job and I will certainly be buying the other titles!
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Okay, can everyone stop taking everything so seriously? It's a fun book! Meant to be funny and interesting! Yet everyone acts like it's heralding the apocalypse. Lighten up. My recommendation: read if you enjoy fun and happiness and Shakespeare. Skip if you're a dried up, no-fun-allowed corn husk.
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