Wherefore art thou? | Romeo and/or Juliet | A Review

Please note: The feature image is the UK edition of the cover.

Something special today guys, if you follow me on twitter (if you don’t you should be!) I mentioned about some surprise book post I received last week.

This aforementioned book post was Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North, already published in America this humourous take on Shakespeare’s classic has now made the jump over to the UK.

” This new Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book by The New York Times bestseller is 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.

Already published in the US, this is being described as “Shakespeare with even more sex, cryptography, time travel and alternate endings than the original!” (Lev Grossman, author of The Magician Trilogy). “

If this doesn’t convince you, then I’ve listed some relevant information below from the press release.

Some Info for you:

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?

In this New York Times bestselling version of Romeo and Juliet, you get to choose where the story goes. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns and more than a billion possible storylines, Romeo and/or Juliet offers a new experience every time you read it. And, as an added bonus, all the different endings feature beautiful and quirky illustrations by some of the best artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe, and Jon Klassen.

Whatever your adventure, you’re guaranteed to find lots of romance, epic fight scenes and plenty of questionable decision-making by highly emotional teens.

Praise for Romeo And/Or Juliet:

“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

“[A] ridiculously fun book . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic” – Bookriot

“Romeo and/or Juliet is brilliant . . . laugh-out- loud funny from start to finish. . . I highly recommend this book” – Nerd League


About the Author:

Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. His previous

Shakespeare book, To Be or Not To Be, became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched. North writes the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics and the critically acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics, and he wrote the first thirty-five issues of Adventure Time, for which he won an Eisner Award. That’s like the Oscars of comics! There’s a gala and everything.

He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.

Okay – so enough info for you and now down to the nitty gritty bit. Is this book any good?

I mean it’s a simple yes/no answer surely?

In my opinion, I think this is a great book for reluctant teens who have to study Shakespeare at GCSE, it brings the story to a new light. It adds humour to the story and allow readers to take the reigns, so to speak.

There is so much to the book! And there’s no point in fast forwarding to the last page (believe me, I tried), it’s the kinda book that you can pick up and read again, and again, and again, and… well, you get the gist.

It’s the kind book you can put on your coffee table (if you have one) for all to see and go ‘ooo what’s that?’ and then you can wow them by opening the book and picking a random part and BOOM – brains blown.

This book is perfect for all readers, both young and old, Oh and those with a sense of humour preferably. Shakespeare lovers may quiver at the sight of this overwhelming book, but one things for sure.

Instead of a read, think of it more as a quest or adventure.

Just don’t forget to bring the snacks!



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