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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is about two young people from feuding families who fall in love, only to suffer from several unfortunate events and die together. Juliet, a Capulet, is expected to marry the ‘perfect’ nobleman, Paris, while Romeo, a Montague, is suffering from a heartbreak after the ‘love of his life’ rejected him. Many people dislike this play but I love it. Shakespeare’s writing was beautiful, tear-jerking and humorous, and it made Verona seem like a romantic dreamland. The rather inappropriate jokes made reading a lot more entertaining and I loved the personalities of all the characters, especially the Nurse and Mercutio. I loved reading Romeo and Juliet (although the ending was slightly frustrating, especially when I watched the movie after) and I would definitely recommend others to read it- whether it’s for school or for your own pleasure. 5/5 stars! @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Probably the most famous work of Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two star-crossed lovers. Romeo is part of the Montague family while Juliet is a Capulet, and in spite of the sworn hatred between both families, the two begin to have romantic feelings towards one another. Unfortunately, as their love grows, their families come to know of their meetings, and this leads to a lot of drama. The story is so famous because it is very well-written with great character development. But, the major problem I have with the book is its basic plot. At the same time, the easy-to-follow story has led to its adaptation in several modern books and movies. While most people would know of the story, it is whole different experience to actually read the book and decipher the language used in those days. I would recommend the book to anyone, and I would give it a rating of 3.5 stars. @Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
One of the most famous books of all time, and certainly the most famous tragedy, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a passionate romance novel, with humour, love, and death. Although it is written in old English, you can find some books have translated it into modern English. This book regards two families, the Capulet (Juliet’s family) and the Montague’s (Romeo’s family) whomst hate each other. Romeo and Juliet struggle throughout the story to convince their families to put their past aside and let them love each other. I would recommend this story to anybody above the age of 13, and especially people who appreciate romance. I would give this book a 4/5. @shafyy of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I’d never thought I’d enjoy this book/play, let alone read it. After being forced to read it in English class, I found myself surprised on how much I loved Shakespeare’s writing. I never found myself enjoying Shakespearean writing as I found it quite hard to understand. That changed after reading Romeo and Juliet. The writing is passionate, lyrical and humorous. It is amazing that you can find all these in a tragedy; only a great master can accomplish that feat. The story is both romantic and tragic, as we well know. But what is incredible is that the play is a “beautiful” tragedy. This is one of the most outstanding plays that I have read. I don’t recommend this book to anyone who is still in Elementary school as the writing is difficult to understand and there are some suggestive lines. For students in High School, give the play a chance. It is amazing when you truly understand what is happening. Rating – 5/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This was interesting but kind of… um… sexual at some parts. I though the romance was sweet, though, and the story was entertaining.
This is a story about two lovers named Romeo and Juliet who wanted to get married and leave their families because the two families had a feud which continuously kept interrupting their love life. When they tried to do this, there were a lot of challenges which they both had to go through to try and fulfill their dream. Unfortunately, many people died in the process and things got out of hand. The matter was not fully resolved and there was no real happy ending. Overall, peace was restored among the two families but there were many sacrifices which had to go along with the peace which is up to you guys to decide whether or not it was a happy ending.
I find reading the No Fear Shakespeare really helps you understand the play better because its written in modern text on one side and the original on the other. Therefore you get the full Shakespeare experience but you can also fully understand the play.
Having both the original and the translated helps because you can read the original and then if you're having trouble with the words, or the way it's written you can read the other translated side and get a deeper understanding for the play since it's written in a way that you can comprehend. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
- Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearean play about the tragic and romantic lives of two star crossed lovers whose love proves to be eternal. Although the original writing by Shakespeare is exceptionally beautiful, it can be extremely difficult to understand sometimes. The No Fear Shakespeare books eliminate this problem by including a more modern version right next to the original, which is super helpful. I think that it’s really important for all teenagers to read Shakespeare’s plays at least once! My teacher didn’t teach or assign us this play like you’re supposed to in high school but I decided to read it anyway, and I don’t regret it one bit! I would rate this 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the romantic and disastrous story of two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who love each other dearly. However, there is a war between the Capulet and Montague families and unfortunately for the lovers, Romeo belongs to the Montague family while Juliet belongs to the Capulet family. This obstacle is something that both characters had to overcome in order to pursue their relationship. In my opinion, Shakespeare did a really good job in developing all the characters and the romance between Romeo and Juliet. The development of these elements made this book very entertaining to read and is another one of Shakespeare's popular books. I would highly recommend this to teenagers! Rating: 4/5
- @booksandgames9 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Romeo and Juliet is a memorable play about two young lovers from Verona who face obstacles in their course of love due to a feud between their families. It contains a variety of characters whose personalities range from bawdy to innocent; peaceful to hot-headed; and caring to cold. Furthermore, the play is a collection of themes and conflicts revolving around fate, violence, and true love, all of which hold their significance in today’s society. The most admirable element of the play are the poetic dialogues which are filled imagery, oxymora, and puns. Although the play features a great amount of violence and hostility, it makes sure to provide comedic relief through the speech or actions of some characters. Romeo and Juliet is rightfully known for its soliloquies and fast-paced action; it does an excellent job of purging the reader’s emotions. In spite of being written centuries ago, this tale will forever remain relevant because of the messages it conveys. An eternally beautiful and entertaining piece of work. 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Two feuding families - The Montagues and the Capulets - each have kids, who against all odds fall in love. Together they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together, because they would do anything to be together - even die for one another.
Everyone knows of the classic that is Romeo and Juliet and their star crossed love. I had to read this novel for my grade 11 English class and I thought I wasn't going to like it because it was romance; but after reading it I actually really liked it because there was so much more to it then their love story.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
With all of his works, I never seem to be not baffled by the true wonders of English. The language, imagery, details, and characters all spin together so beautifully to create masterpieces of our watered-down language today. Romeo and Juliet is a classic of all times, with its conclusion stated in the beginning, only to sink the audience into despair with its colourful arch. The poetry is simply amazing, and one can tell with sonnets that this wasn't just any play back in the earlier times of England and theatre. I do believe, however, that I would have enjoyed this more if it wasn't a "must-read" for school.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Romeo and Juliet lost their lives because they had blind love between them. Both of them commuted a suicide.
I've taught this novel 12 times and it never gets old -- there's always something new that's interesting about the motivations, characterizations, or language to point out. For example: Romeo is forever ruled by his passions and emotions but never displays Actual True Love. Juliet proposes to him (!!), arranges nearly 90% of the details! and Romeo still f***s everything up (though I don't use such language in the classroom...). Look at Juliet's long speech before she takes the potion: she lists off 14-18 separate things/situations she's afraid of (depending on how you split them up) and her last statement is Romeo! I drink to thee! As she quaffs it. Between the two title characters, who shows more masculinity, assertiveness, and integrity? I maintain the title should have always been Juliet and Romeo. :)
No Fear Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet! Great for Grade Nine and Intermediate English students as it puts Shakespearean texts into everyday common English.
This was a pretty good book considering how confusing it was. The storyline was great except that this is the original version of the story so it is written in very old english. I most enjoyed reading this classic tale because it truly portrays how to be really loyal to someone you love and i thought it was very interesting.
The story is amazing!! It is much better than I thought it would be!!! Shakespeare is better than I thought.
To be honest, I pretty much loathe having to read Shakespeare in school, much less having to act it out. Nevertheless, I somehow always end up having to do both. In reading Romeo and Juliet this year, I find that is not all that it is said to be, and not as romantic as it seems. I don't much care for the story, but no fear Shakespeare is my go to version of everything Shakespeare, because it is so helpful to be able to actually understand what they're saying while getting the context of the original side by side. Love the format, not so much the content.
When first read Romeo and Juliet, I hated it, in fact I still hate it. Many people claim that it is this wonderful love story about two people whom are destined to be, but that's not that case at all! The story is about nothing at all. To me, it's just mindless people talking about idodic things.
This book really helped me get into my Juliet character for my play! Very helpful. Thanks Shakespeare
I enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet because I thought that the story was so beautiful and the prologue was wonderfully well written. By far the best Shakespeare book I've read.
This version is in text form. One side in modern English and the other side is in the original.
I liked it very much because it allows students to understand the beauty of Shakespeare as life long learners!
When I was a student we read Romeo & Juliet in grade school. We read each line and each page together and the instructor helped us along. We read the Folger edition.
Hmm... These series should help me more on understanding shakespeare I hope. Crossing my fingers, hope this is good
I really loved how this book was put together. The CD, photos and other tidbits allowed me to read the classic story with different interpretations.