Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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?
Thank you to Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings for gifting me an ARC of Romeo & What’s Her Name.
Romeo & What’s Her Name is one of those sinfully sweet young adult novels. The drama in this book was over the top and a lot of fun. I found myself laughing or smiling often. The book was also really quickly paced. It made the story feel like it was moving in real-time. I was so involved in the story that I didn’t put the book down. I read it in one sitting.
I felt a kinship with Emily. There was something about her that reminded me of my younger self. Maybe it was her awkwardness and lack of self-esteem. Maybe it was the fact that if something stupid was going to happen, it happened to her. Whatever it was, it made me fall in love with her character. Emily was just so dang awkward! It made her adorable.
Emily’s infatuation with Wes was cute. It helped that Wes was such a nice guy. He was the hottest thing at her school, yet he made time to make everyone feel special. I loved that he didn’t seem to have a big ego like most guys with his popularity status would. His interactions with Emily and all of the other people around him were cute.
One of the things I loved most about Romeo & What’s Her Name was the relationship between Emily and her friends, Kayla and Jill. They were all so supportive of each other. They stood up for each other and pushed each other in positive ways. I especially loved all of their scheming together. Oh, and I have to mention I loved Emily’s mom’s part in this book. A strong parent-child relationship is always a plus in a YA book.
If you’re looking for a sweet YA contemporary romance, Romeo & What’s Her Name would be the perfect book to read.