Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff (2017)
Teen Fiction | Contemporary Romance | Rom-Com
“Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?”
Expected Publication Date: February 07, 2017
pooled ink Review:
Cute, awkward, and hilarious this story was a perfect little fluff story about young love. A handsome prince, a spoiled princess, and an adorable clown dance across the stage of high school weaving the most tangled web one can imagine.
My favorite part just might be the Shakespeare in the Heights performance of Romeo & Juliet though! I was laughing so hard at that scene! What should have been a lovely, classic, romantic moment between star-crossed lovers turned into, well, probably one of the best viral videos ever. As an actress I do sympathize with Emily’s stage fright and what her brain cycled through on opening night because my own brain plagues me before performances with that terror and poor Emily basically lived out my nightmares. But as a reader/audience member? Oh I was laughing out loud to the point that my dog was watching me concernedly.
I have to admit though that I’ve never experienced the mind-crippling infatuation/hard-core crushing that Emily was suffering, so every time her brain started going a million miles a minute I was like whoaaaaaa what’s happening? Is she going to explode? Will she be okay? Someone help her! Haha it was mostly amusing but sometimes a bit annoying, if I’m honest. Then again that sums up most teenagers I think.
Overall I really had fun reading this short contemporary novel. Wes was basically perfect and Emily was ever so entertaining. This is a perfect book to lighten one’s day. Seriously cute, lots of amusing awkward scenes, and a cast of colorful characters, this book had me smiling from page one.
Romeo and What’s Her Name is a modern comedic tale of a teenager drunk on love who is thrust onto a stage to profess her undying feelings only to find herself falling down a traitorous hole of mixed-signals, klutz-induced embarrassments, and a mouth that isn’t quite fully connected to her brain. Entertaining from start to finish this book will lighten the mood of any grey day.
Purchase here: Romeo and What’s Her Name
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Meet Shani Petroff!
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.