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Juliet by Anne Fortier

Juliet (edition 2010)

by Anne Fortier

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Authors:Anne Fortier
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
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Juliet by Anne Fortier

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Julie inherited a passport and a safe deposit box key, while her twin sister Janice inherits the estate of their Aunt Rose, who raised the twin girls from infancy after their parents died tragically while in Italy. Julie, told that the two items her Aunt Rose gave her will lead her to a family treasure, takes off for Italy. Soon she finds herself entangled in a mystery that seems to parallels that of Giulietta, whose legendary love for a guy named Romeo rocked medieval Siena and the world. Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families of Shakespeare's blood feud as she unwraps the mysteries surrounding her own family secrets. If "a plague on both your houses" is a very real curse still present, and she is the next target, then she must find her own Romeo quickly. But, where is he? Anne Fortier weaves a tale both old and new, ripe with intrigue and a bit of fun romance. Some we will recognize and some we won't, but lovers of a good romance will want to find out how this story ends.

Personal Review: This is a modern storyline with a familiar feel. Be warned that if you are a Romeo and Juliet Purist, you may not like this book. It doesn't take place in Verona and doesn't use traditional names we are used to seeing in the US. The book is hard to follow sometimes as the reader is thrown from past to present with stunning pace. It does follow Shakespeare's play, yet, the plot seems disjointed as the character's are introduced. I was intrigued from the start and I plowed onward, determined to figure things out. There is violence and sex in this book. I did and was pleasantly surprised at the end.

Curriculum Connections: Any high school library should have this book. It should also be on any list of supplemental reading for medieval literature or Shakespeare unit. It may be hard for younger teens to follow the plot as it jumps from present to past a lot and can be confusing. However, for those who like a good romance or Love anything about Romeo and Juliet, they will like this book. The updated cover would be better for teen audiences as well. ( )
  barichardson | Mar 22, 2017 |
When Julie Jacobs' aunt died, she received a letter that reveals her name is actually Giulietta Tolomei, a descendant of the real-life families that inspired Romeo and Juliet. Julie's twin sister inherits everything; Julie is told to go to Italy to find a safety deposit box. Julie has always had a great love for the work of Shakespeare and for the play 'Romeo and Juliet' in particular. While in Italy, Julie discovers her family history and finds love.

This book was very confusing to me. It is as if three different authors collaborated on it - and not particularly well. The story of the modern day Julie, her sister Janice, and the modern day love interest 'Romeo' felt way too contrived to me. The author used modern day slang that felt very forced. I simply did not buy into the love at first sight angle at all and the characters were very two-dimensional. The 'historical' component of the book was, in contrast, beautifully written and very interesting and far more believable than Shakespeare's play (I must disclose here that 'Romeo and Juliet' has never been a favourite of mine.) Then, suddenly, the book turned into a suspense thriller - where did that come from?

Overall, this book is probably fine as a quick read without much substance - but it won't stay on my bookshelf. ( )
  EvelynBernard | Feb 18, 2017 |
In 1340 young woman Giulietta is smuggled into medieval Siena, Italy, after the slaughter of her family. There she meets a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love would inspire generations of poets and artists, one of them being Shakespeare whose tragedy written in the 1590s is the most famous version. Six centuries later, 25 year old Julie Jacobs learns that Giulietta might be her direct ancestor, and a family curse responsible for the deaths of her parents and countless other tragic events back through history. Travelling to modern day Siena she seeks to uncover the past and break the curse, but superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas threaten her and those around her. Who can she trust and just where is her Romeo?

Didn't fall in love with this book as much as I thought I might. The characters weren't as well developed as they could have been and the plot jumped around the place too much. Great potential, but not quite there. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Jan 26, 2017 |
I'm just going to input my notes rather than some kind of cohesive review:

* The story, which takes place mainly in Sienna, Italy, is so atmospheric and descriptive, I feel as if I know the city by heart
* I enjoyed the hidden summaries that were preceded by, "So let me get this straight..." as the book sometimes got a bit off course and those hidden summaries righted you on the path again. With that being said, it should be obvious at times the book got a bit messy.
* The romance was kind of predictable which since this is a metaliterature of Romeo and Juliet, we shouldn't be surprised but honestly? I wanted the author to give us something a bit more challenging.
* Thoroughly research of the Middle Ages.
* Juliet, who doesn't know Italian, was able to read an Italian manuscript -- her knowledge of Italian comes and goes as the story progresses and gets a bit annoying
* Thought the story was more of a three rather than a four but after the book had finished, I found myself missing the characters and wondering what they were up to -- so obviously, the book left an impression on me and that my friend, is the mark of a well executed work. (Unless it's a terrible story but just work with me here.) ( )
  byshieldmaiden | Jan 17, 2017 |
Juliet contains everything I could ever want in a book, murder, mystery, Shakespeare, exotic locales, family strife holy relics and ancient history, set against a timeless romance. ( )
  Michelle_Wendt | Jun 15, 2016 |
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Lovers of adventurous fiction will lose themselves in Fortier's exciting, intricately woven tale.
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To my beloved mother,
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whose magnanimity and herculean research
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When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time.

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