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Saving Juliet [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Selfors
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Book Description

Mimi Wallingford, Great Granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford, has the life that most girls dream about, playing Juliet opposite teen heartthrob Troy Summer on Broadway in Shakespeare's famous play. Unfortunately, she has no desire to be an actress, a fact her mother can't seem to grasp. But when she and Troy are magically thrust into Shakespeare's Verona, they experience the feud between the Capulets and Montagues first hand. Mimi realizes that she and Juliet have more in common than Shakespeare's script-they are both fighting for futures of their own choosing. Mimi feels compelled to help her and with Troy's unexpected help, hopes to give Shakespeare's most famous tragedy a happily-ever-after-ending.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2623 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UM5BTG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #668,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 5 Feb. 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
"This above all: to thine own self be true." Shakespeare. This was the underlying theme in this excellent story about growing up.

Mimi Wallingford is the last in line of a Shakespearean acting family. All her mother wants her to do is be a Shakespearean actress in New York at the family theater. All 17-year-old Mimi wants is to be a normal teenager.

She wants to go to college in Los Angeles and study medicine. She wants to see the world. When we first meet Mimi, she is playing Juliet. Her Romeo is teen pop star, Troy Summer, who has ego problems. Mimi is attracted to Troy but can't believe he would ever look twice at her.

After having a very bad evening, she and Troy are transported to the very real story of Romeo and Juliet. She meets both of the main characters and is surprised when Juliet is having the same problems with her mother as she is with her own.

Lady Capulet is a major villain in this story. Mimi and Troy learn many lessons and help Juliet and Romeo find their destinies, while getting the confidence to solve their own problems. They also do this with an incredibly happy ending.

It is very gratifying to have another story based on the classic Shakespeare story. I loved the way that the author headed each chapter with a quote from Shakespeare which applied to the chapter and the story line. I really enjoyed this book, and if I was a ninth-grade teacher I would have my class read this after we studied Romeo and Juliet; but, alas, I am only a fifth-grade teacher!

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 25 Feb. 2015
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I adore the book, and read it in one day. Also it came in great condition :D
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, light take on the Bard's most famous play 5 Feb. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This is a cute book that may actually encourage adolescent girls to read Shakespeare, or at least to watch the Claire Danes Romeo + Juliet. I'll take it.

Mimi Wallingford is a teenaged stage actress, and the granddaughter of a famed Broadway actress and producer, who really wants to quit her day job and become a doctor. Her mother won't hear of it, though, and has gotten an admissions officer from a prestigious acting school to come and see Mimi play Juliet in her family's production of that most famous of Shakespeare's plays. Mimi has a panic attack before she sets foot on stage, though, and ends up getting transported back in time (along with her co-star, a Zac Efron type) to Romeo and Juliet's Verona.

While there, she does her best to help the star-crossed couple - and herself - achieve a happy ending, with plenty of humorous mishaps along the way, and all is right with the world. This book is a little dorky, and I'm not convinced by all of the characterizations of Shakespeare's characters (Benvolio and Mercutio mystified me, in particular), but the book was a lot of fun, so I won't be critical. If you've read this summary and are still considering reading the book, you'll probably enjoy it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun twist on Romeo and Juliet tale 2 May 2008
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford seems to have it all. A famous Broadway name and the part of Juliet in a family production.

But she doesn't want to act. What she really wants to do is go away to college to study medicine like her aunt in California. But her mother wants none of that. Mimi feels trapped in her life.

Then both her and the lead of the play, heartthrob Troy Summer, are transported to a place where Romeo and Juliet really exist. Mimi wants to save Juliet from her fate but in rewriting the story will she end up stuck in Shakespeare's Verona?

I really enjoyed this twist on the whole Romeo and Juliet story. Who hasn't wanted to escape their life? This engaging tale will keep the reader turning the pages. I don't remember much of the Shakespeare tale but Suzanne Selfors does a great job weaving in the story. A must read for anyone who enjoys a good YA historical tale. Who knows? It might make you want to go and reread the Shakespeare tale.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful YA book 22 Jan. 2008
By Carol Cassella - Published on
I loved this book--for myself and my young teen daughter. Selfors writes a quick-paced, humorous and inventive tale that still gets a great message across. Loved her sense of humor and characters you'd like to invite home with you. Highly recommend this for pre-teen and early teen girls.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at shakespeare... 14 July 2008
By S. Steiner - Published on
I absolutely loved this book! The cover is what first caught my attention. The story was a great idea. When i first found out what it was about it reminded about the movie "Pleasentville" and i laughed when Mimi made a referance to it.

I actually really liked how I switched between liking Benvolio and Troy. I think it was clever of the author to have the "you can't judge a book by it's cover" with the two guys. Also i'm so glad that Romeo and Juliet still end up together and that they get a happily ever after.

Great read. It kept me interested. <3
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wherefore art we, Romeo? 20 May 2012
By Tammy Smith - Published on
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While this is a literary vehicle I see frequently, Suzanne Selfors has not disappointed. Mimi Wallingford is a legacy in the theater world. She has been home-schooled because she is a stage actress and star of all the productions in the Wallingford theater, her family legacy. She is expected to go to the Theater Institute for drama in college and then one day take over the theater from her mother. The problem is, she doesn't want to be an actress. And the theater isn't doing well.
Enter stage right, leading man and Romeo, Troy Summer, a teen idol and heartthrob. He is drop-dead gorgeous, arrogant and is egocentric. He has a different girl on his arm every week. While Mimi can't help the attraction she feels for him, she gives him the cold shoulder and ignores him except when they are on stage together. She is Juliet to his Romeo.

Mimi's mother is domineering, feels she knows what is best for Mimi and makes decisions for Mimi whether or not Mimi consents. She is also quick to lay the guilt trip on. Mimi also finds out her mother is embezzling funds from her trust fund.
Mimi is feeling trapped. She was expecting to go to California to visit her aunt who is in the medical profession, but her mother cancels the trip because Mimi is needed to make a DVD of the stage production of Romeo and Juliet. She heads home to find a package from her aunt that contains a necklace with a charm reputed to hold the ashes of William Shakespeare's quill. When she shows up for the final performance, her mother demands she remove the necklace as it is not period. In an act of defiance, probably her only act of defiance, she refuses. An argument ensues and she wishes she were anywhere but here. The vial breaks, she steps out the back stage door in winter onto the sunny cobbles of Verona where she is recognized as a Capulet by the colors of her garment.

Mimi steps into Romeo and Juliet's Verona. She wanders aimlessly under the misconception that she is dreaming, but the physical reality teaches her otherwise. It is the night of the big Capulet party where Juliet meets Romeo. Mimi is espied by a Capulet guard and taken forcefully to Capulet house where guests have been streaming in all weak. After an interview with Lady Capulet, she is told she will share a room with Juliet as there are no more empty rooms. What she realizes is that she is, in fact, in the story of Romeo and Juliet, but it is not Will Shakespeare's version. Events are not fixed and by Mimi entering the story, she has altered it. As an example, the characters do not speak Elizabethan English. They speak more common English. Because Mimi accompanies Juliet to the party, Juliet does not meet Romeo that night and the whole story becomes skewed. Matters are complicated when she is thrown out of Capulet House and banished from the city, but even more problematic is that Troy followed her and was wounded by Tybalt. He is infirmed at Friar Lawrence's and when he awakens, starts threatening law suits and is unconvinced when Mimi tries to explain their situation.

What Mimi comes to realize is that she is writing the story. She is changing the story by every action she takes. She has promised to help Juliet and wants Juliet's story to have a happy ending, but realizes if she can't get the story back on track there will be no hope for her or Troy to get back home.
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