The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

I’m Juliet.

At least, I wanted to be.

So I did something stupid to make it happen.

Well, stupid and wonderful.

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

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….

Will Romeo steal her heart before time steals him away? (from Goodreads)

Miranda (Miri) is a local high schooler trying out for the local production of Romeo and Juliet. She wants to play Juliet so bad that she casts a spell “to be famous”. When casting the spell a young man, Edmund, shows up from the 1500s. Something happened when she cast the spell that opened up a passage for Edmund to cross to modern times. After talking Miri discovers that Edmund is actually the younger brother of William Shakespeare. Chaos ensues.

When reading the blurb for this book is sounded like a very cute idea, and it was . . . but there are a few things that were hard to believe. One- Everyone just believed that Edmund was from the past? In today’s world someone out of all Miri’s family and friends should have questioned this . . . especially her mom. Let me just trust my daughter didn’t bring home a delusional ax murderer to stay at our home?? Sure!! Two – Miranda’s psychiatrist father left them quite some time ago to “find himself”. He calls once and asks to come back with no real explanation and everyone is ok with this as well? I would not welcome back my husband or father so easily without more reasoning. If this is part of the story there should have been more detail as to why he left them. Finally – Drew. He showed absolutely no interest until over 150 pages into the book. Even then it was barely there and made me question if he liked Miranda at all.

Overall this was a nice book, but the way everything was just accepted and not explained further makes me wish this would have been a made for tv Lifetime movie. I would definitely watch that.

Pecans: 2.75/5

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