- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (10 Nov. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0356508536
- ISBN-13: 978-0356508535
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Romeo and/or Juliet Paperback – 10 Nov 2016
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Witty, relevant and endlessly entertaining (CULTUREFLY)
Shakespeare with even more sex, cryptography, time travel and alternate endings than the original! Ryan North is the only writer I know who's smart enough and funny enough to pull this off (Lev Grossman, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy)
Romeo and/or Juliet is brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish. . . I highly recommend this book (NERD LEAGUE)
A laugh-out-loud funny, endlessly entertaining, perfect as a read-aloud on a road trip, game of a book (GOOD NERD BAD NERD)
Written with the finest distilled charm and genuine enthusiasm. Entertaining and extremely satisfying (Kate Beaton, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)
[A] ridiculously fun book . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic (BOOKRIOT)
North uses his trademark silly and sophisticated humor to great effect . . . [he] gives this well-known story a new, more hilarious lease on life (PAPER DROIDS)
Shakespeare with even more sex, cryptography, time travel and alternate endings than the original! Ryan North is the only writer I know who's smart enough and funny enough to pull this off (Lev Grossman, NYT bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy)
Written with the finest distilled charm and genuine enthusiasm. Entertaining and extremely satisfying (Kate Beaton, NYT bestselling author of Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops)
[A] ridiculously fun book . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic (BookRiot)
The New York Times bestseller - a ludicrously funny and irreverent take on Romeo and Juliet from the creator of Dinosaur Comics, with illustrations from artists including Randall Munroe and Kate Beaton.See all Product description
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Playing as the Nanny is the best but all adventures I've managed so far have been witty and imaginative. Highly recommended for a different but fulfilling reading experience.
(a) Run past them, tear out of the house and never look back, or
(b) Say "yes mom" automatically
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4 / 5
I picked this up when it was on sale at Waterstones on a whimsy and I have not been disappointed. This choose your own path adventure is jam packed with hilarious plotlines, gorgeous illustration, and bundles of fun. If you've never "read" a choose your own path book, essentially you read some text and then it offers you a couple of options of things to do and you turn to the corresponding page. I would recommend you have had a reasonable acquaintance with Romeo and Juliet before, otherwise I doubt that you would find it so amusing. With at least a hundred different endings, you never really finish a book like this.
The writing is fairly decent, though it is rather "juvenile". There's a lot of use of teenage slang, bullet points, random capitalisation and such like, which some may find off-putting. Personally, as a fully grown adult, I found it added to the hilarity. Another addition I enjoyed was Ryan North made Juliet really into bodybuilding and lifting weights, whilst Romeo becomes your typical teenage boy even more explicitly than in the original text. If you are a Shakespearean purist, this probably isn't the book for you!
The illustrations are drawn by a few different artists, including a personal favourite Noelle Stevenson, and they range from beautiful to hilarious. Each ending has its own picture and they truly enhance the reading experience.
There are lots of little easter eggs for readers that are familiar with a few other of Shakespeare's plays. One of my endings involved Juliet teaming up with Ophelia to enslave the entire world, another "playthrough" landed me in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in a book within a book type scenario. There's also a nice little comic involving Pyramus and Thisbe. Regarding the story lines themselves, you can follow an approximation of the real Romeo and Juliet all the way to the end, or diverge at any point. Notable journeys involved:
Giant robots are in Verona
Nurse Quest, a video game style segment in which nurse Angelica must deliver a message to Romeo
Juliet becomes a pirate
Romeo and Juliet elope and raise a family of bodybuilders
Romeo becomes a maid
Juliet marries Paris
Juliet murders Romeo and then Paris and then opens a bakery
Personally, I love these kinds of books. I stick my fingers in all the pages when I make choices so I can go back and play again, this time making different decisions. I did read-throughs with friends, making group decisions. I accidentally killed Romeo and Juliet on multiple occasions and had to start over, laughing all the while. The only downside to this kind of book is that you do inevitably end up reading the same sections over and over, trying to figure out how to get to a really cool ending you glimpsed earlier. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted book.