Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy, Contemporary
I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I'd cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?
Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William's younger brother.
Good thing he's sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he's from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.
Still, there's something about him that's making my eyes go star-crossed....
The story started out very cute and funny as Miranda introduced Edmund to the marvels of the 21st century. Each piece of technology both mesmerized and confounded him in a way that left me wanting Douglas Rees to introduce something new just to see Edmund's reaction.
The plot took off soon with Edmund joining the cast of the play and Douglas Rees incorporated many lines of the play into the novel. This added a charming feel to the book, making me feel as though I was sitting watching the play rehearsals and seeing the cast recite the lines.
The romance of the book didn't really develop until late in the book and when it did, I felt the author didn't really let the relationship develop as much as it could have. However, as Douglas Rees pointed out in the book, this story is based off Romeo and Juliet and we often confuse it with being a romance when in reality it was a tragedy.
Overall, this was a cute, enjoyable read. Lovers of time-travel and quirky tales will enjoy this spin on Douglas Rees' novel.