- File Size: 1064 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440570019
- Publisher: Merit Press (December 2, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GTUYPG0
- Rating: 4/5
These violent delights have violent ends...
Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family's proud pizza heritage, and the Montes--owners of a rival Italian restaurant--are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap's for four generations. Even if it means putting herself in harm's way, Gigi's determined to get to the bottom of the feud. Instead, in a secret encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief, she finds both danger and love at first sight. If the daughter and son of these two warring families fall for each other, can it be anything but a recipe for disaster? Slowly, Gigi and Roman learn that their story is fatefully linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World's Fair. The most stunning wonder of the fair is Stella, who innocently causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood. Wending its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is bittersweet, funny, and intensely exciting. It's classic romance--a tale of hate and the only force that can ever defeat it: love.
I really love this series because it takes classic stories we all love and updates them with a modern YA twist to them. This time around we've been blessed with a new take on Romeo & Juliet (one of my favorites!... Okay, my FAVORITE Shakespeare!).
This book is awesome because it gives you multiple perspectives. Pre- and Post- feud. I love it. It really gives you the dynamics between the families and everything.
Now just because it is inspired by Romeo and Juliet, does not mean that it is the same thing... nope. It's merely inspired and you can see the amazing innovation and creativity that these two amazing women used to make this great book.
If you like adaptations, then you'll love this. Make sure to check out their other books in the series as well!
Kim Askew is coauthor of Twisted Lit, the Shakespeare-inspired series of YA novels from Merit Press. A contributor to the anthology The May Queen, Kim's writing has appeared in literary journals and other publications, including the SoMa Literary Review, Kitchen Sink, and Elle Magazine. She is currently working on her Master's thesis on Henry James at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles. With her friend Amy, she writes the popular blog about book-to-film adaptations, Romancing the Tome.