Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: It’s cute, it’s fun but it isn’t anything wow about it.
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?
This book sounded so cute and I got exactly what I expected from this story. Light-hearted fluff. This is beyond cheesy and that’s okay!
This story follows Emily and she’s cute for a character however I felt her character was in no way high school she seemed so much more immature than that, that I pegged her for middle school. She is obsessed and completely love sick over a boy that she’s been crushing on forever named Wes. She can’t talk in his presence and can’t even function. It was kind of annoying. She had noooooo backbone. So I had a hard time relating and connecting with her as a character as I kept rolling my eyes sad-to-say.
Wes was actually a cool guy which I appreciate in my male characters. He is Emily’s neighbor and doesn’t know about her feelings. They’ve been friends forever but she’s too scared to admit to him just how much she likes him. I couldn’t even really feel the connection as a friendship either between these two which was frustrating.
Emily decides to tryout for Juliet in their school play so she can be near Wes. She becomes the understudy for Juliet to the main “mean-girl” type character which is totally cliche in this fact and so many other facts when it comes to this “mean-girl” person and how she is all over Wes and blah blah blah. Whatever…moving on..
The whole Romeo & Juliet doesn’t really play a major part in the story but when completely unprepared Emily has to take center stage, there are some pretty humorous moments that made me smile.
Overall this book is completely predictable, cute, fun, SUPER cheesy, with nothing but cliche tropes and I see this more as a younger age group type book…like for 12 year olds. I had plenty of issues but overall it’s a clean fluffy book.
Sexual Content: mild