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The Juliet Club

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,207 ratings  ·  356 reviews
Kate Sanderson has been burned by love. From now on, she thinks, I will control my own destiny, and I will be reasoned and rational. But life has other things in store for Kate. Namely, a summer abroad studying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the very town where the star-crossed lovers met, Verona, Italy. Kate is thrown together with two other American teens and three It ...more
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Published May 8th 2012 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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Sarah
One of the worst YA books I have ever read. It was full of tired sexist cliches and the plot was pathetically unrealistic. Winners of a Shakespearean essay contest win a trip to Italy where they are forced to answer lame advice column letters? Wtf? There is nothing realistic about that. I really struggled to give a shit about any of these characters, because they remained bland and one-sided throughout the entire book. In fact, I struggled to keep my interest through the whole middle when nothin ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Dec 06, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls, grades 8-12
Recommended to Jackie "the Librarian" by: WashYARG book
Shelves: humor, romance, youngadult
Harmless fluff. Comedy of manners-ish teenage romance in Italy, with Romeo and Juliet as an excuse. For teen girls only. Kate wins an essay contest to attend a Shakespeare class in Verona, Italy, to the delight of her Shakespeare scholar father.
Her friends are delighted, too, and hope that this will be the cure for Kate's romantic slump. But Kate, having been disillusioned in love by her cool, yet nerdy ex-boyfriend, is determined never to fall for the trap of love again. She is determined to r
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The Loft
You win a Shakespeare essay contest in high school. The prize? A month-long summer trip to Verona, Italy, to study Romeo and Juliet. But under the sporadic direction of Professoressa Francesca Marchese, this is no ordinary seminar spent annotating and dissecting Shakespearean text, to which Kate Sanderson is accustomed. Instead, the six teen winners (3 American and 3 Italian) are tasked with answering letters written to Juliet and sent to The Juliet Club (a club in Verona that receives and respo ...more
Amanda
I wavered a bit between giving 3 or 4 stars, but could change my mind again. The book reminded me a bit of the movie Letters to Juliet only because the story wound up taking place entirely in Italy. The premise to get to Italy, a well written essay in a contest that happened to be a trip to Italy to participate in a Shakespeare seminar, was pretty far fetched but I looked past that. There was a great deal of emphasis on Shakespeare and a twist and retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story within t ...more
Alyssa
In the honor of full disclosure, I DNF'd this book at page 217. That's more than half way through so I'd say that I gave it a fair shot.

I wasn't into the story line and I REALLY wasn't into the characters.

In this book, a handful of teenagers win a trip to Verona, Italy after entering into a Shakespeare essay contest. During their trip, they need to complete a four week seminar on Romeo and Juliet. BUT, instead of actually studying the text, their entire seminar is based around answering letters
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Karen
In order to take a break from reading nonfiction on Stalin's GULAGs, a friend loaned me a copy of the young adult novel, Juliet's Club. It's a fun summer read, but it's not complete fluff. It's fluff for young teens with a passion for the Bard.

The book follows the serious, bookish American teen, Kate, as she spends a few weeks in Verona, attending a seminar on Romeo and Juliet. She forms frienships with two other Americans and three teens who are from Verona. The book's chapters are organized in
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Christine
Oct 15, 2010 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who LOVES romance novels,and two people falling in love
Recommended to Christine by: my friend Joyce
I just read this book,and Suzanne Harper is a phenomenal writer in that she takes the most basic romance line forbidden star-crossed lovers a stubborn girl who doesn't believe in true love,and a handsome charming boy who believes in the joy of love,and the ladies,and she runs with it changing the characteristic bore most of us get after we've seen this theme in SO MANY BOOKS. I thought I was done with romance but she managed to catch the little girl inside me,and hook me onto this romance,it was ...more
Anna
Jul 07, 2009 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens and Freshmen or Sophomore Teens
Did you know that Il Club di Giuletta (the Juliet Club) which dispenses love advice was founded in Verona in 1972? I thought this novel was hokey at first, but I grew to like it. Sixteen-year-old Kate Sanderson has been dumped by her boyfriend and is therefore resigned to forever forego romance, and so when she finds out that she has won a contest to particpate in Shakespeare seminars on "Romeo and Juliet" in Verona, she jumps at the opportunity to forget her feckless boyfriend and embark on ser ...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?

Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.

So when sh
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Holly
I think I bought this over my Spring Break back in March and I just now got around to reading it. It's actually kind of cool leaving unread books on my shelf. I like knowing there's a treasure there, lurking in the shadows of my favorite books.

Kate's heart has been broken before, so now she knows love is a folly and utterly useless. She's heading to Italy to spend a month in a Shakespeare Seminar on Romeo and Juliet, taught by her dad's arch-nemesis. Kate knows better than to fall for the charms
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Jen
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Be22Nox
Sep 23, 2009 Be22Nox rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are looking for en enchanting, humorous adventure of love.
Recommended to Be22Nox by: No one.
p.215
But if true love meant anything it meant that you wanted your beloved to have what she most desired.

Its love, love makes fools of us all. but when we are in love, being a fool is the most amazing place to be. i myself, am in love. Deeply that my heart beats faster by the mere thoght of his name, my spirits rise by the curve of his smile and happiness over comes like a wave of an ocean. "Romeo, Romeo, where art tho Romeo?" Open your eyes, he's right ther in front of you. A wonderfull book t
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Syndy
This book is great. Suzanne Harper does a fantastic job in my opinion, by distinguishing each character with their own unique personality, therefore making each character seem realistic. You also encounter tons of imagery in her writing as you continue on in the book. You learn a lot of information regarding Shakespeare and his poetry. After reading this book you'd be very interested in him and and you'd also be hungry for more of his pieces. If you're also into romantic books, this book will be ...more
Rachel Harris
I loved this story. So much that I want to read it all again, just so I can spend more time with the characters and live through them vicariously in arguably one of the most beautiful countries on earth--Italy.

Set in Verona, the birthplace of my beloved Romeo and Juliet, the novel follows three young couples as they learn about Shakespeare and fall in love. Fans of the classic tragedy/love story and the movie Letters to Juliet will not be disappointed.
Violet
I really enjoyed how the book mimicked the actual play of Romeo and Juliet. I only wish there had been a little more of the book; it ended too soon! Ever since seeing the movie "Letters to Juliet" (which I loved ;) ) I have kind of developed an obsession for all things Italian; and all things Romeo and Juliet! I have a few more books on my shelf that follow these requirments...
Now I want to go to Verona! A very fun read!
Jaci
I don't really have much to say about this book. It was pretty good, nothing amazing. I did enjoy it but also found it pretty boring, it took me super long to read because I kept putting it on hold. Didn't really care that much about the characters, but it was alright.
Amanda J
This book has a predictable plot and is filled with romantic cliches - but that should be expected. It's best to set all that aside, suspend your disbelief and enjoy this sugar-coated YA novel for what it is: a simple but charming love story full of happy endings.
Kathryn  Cooper
Loved loved loved this book! If you want a cute and clean romance check this book out.

Clean Teen Fiction's review of The Juliet club
Lucia
This was a light read, like drinking flavored water. I tend to devour through romance books as a way to cope with reality (or not), still, most of these tend to be intense in a way; this book was not that way.
The author doesn't focus mainly on pleasing the reader, as many romance books tend to do, that makes it more realistic for some reason; it's not made to please love bitten hearts searching for steamy love scenes and deep-love demonstrations. It just... is, I'm not sure how to explain it.
No
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Laura
This book was not fantastic. It was not bad either. But only okay. The writting was excellent...but for some reason it was missing one ingrediant. I didnt enjoy this book... but enought to finish it..
Shauna
Sweet. Ties itself neatly into the play its characters analyze. Its a fun light read. No stress. Just a good time for any reader, lover of Shakespeare or not.
Anne
well. kate freakin pisses me off! shes a snob! and the end is so boring. i hate it when authors just cut of like that! i mean give me some details!
Alex
This started off really cute and fun, but then fizzled out about halfway through. By the end, I was just ready for it to be over.

I'm not sure what changed, but it's like it lost all its wit and charm once the "trick" on Kate started. I really liked Kate in the beginning, and found the concept of the Juliet Club really interesting. Somewhere along the way it began to get tedious, and Kate began to annoy me. By the end, as it started to hit every romantic cliché there is, I was just over it.

I did
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Monica Gutierrez
"Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love."
One of my favorite quotes of all time

This is only my second book review but I could not think of a better book to give this honor to. There are those who would condemn this book for being cliché, unrealistic, and unbelievable. I don't pretend to know the mind of any particular author or reader but as it was once so eloquently put, "we are all mad here." Everyone of us book junkies out ther
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Pam
"In fair Verona, where we lay our scene..." This book was definitely the perfect summer read it was meant to be yet it still lacked (or should I say contained) some things that could've been improved...While the premise was good, I felt that the focus was shifted to too many characters, leaving them without much room for development. In fact, the only characters I felt that I really got to know was Tom and Sylvia. Even then, I felt that Sylvia's situation was never really resolved. Kate and Giac ...more
Brandy Painter
3.5 stars for all the Shakespeare

Originally posted here.

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper is fluffy fun, but intellectual fluffy fun. After all, it is fluffy fun that takes place during a Shakespeare seminar on Romeo and Juliet. It is perfect if you are in the mood to read a lighthearted romance with a little of the Bard thrown in for fun.

This book contains plenty of Romeo and Juliet, but does not mirror that particular play at all. It is quoted, it is discussed, the students in the seminar are
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Sierra Abrams
Pages: 416
Release Date: June 1st, 2008
Date Read: 2011, October 30th-31st
Rating: 3/5 stars
Recommended to: 12+

Summary -
Kate is done with love. She has given it up - no more will she fall into its clutches. Jerome broke her heart and crushed her soul. Never again. When she wins a contest - and a trip to Italy with the other winning teens - Kate wants to spend her time properly examining the ridiculousness of Romeo and Juliet, instead of prancing around falling in love. And when the chance comes to
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Rebecca
Practical Kansas girl Kate has just broken up with her two-timing boyfriend, and has declared that she's done with love--it's just not logical. Still, she's excited to win a place at a month-long summer seminar to study Romeo and Juliet, because the seminar will take place in Verona--far, far away from Kansas and the cheating Jerome. In her seminar are two other Americans, Tom and Lucy, and three Italians, Giacomo, Benno, and Sylvia. Kate finds Giacomo attractive--because every girl does--but al ...more
Carmen
The Juliet Club was a chick-lit to remember. This was one of those acceptable chick-lits. I myself, enjoy chick-lit/contemporary, but only if they are well written, and is sweet/hilarious. The Julet Club certainly hit the hilarious part, and at certain times, the sweet part.

Kate is a normal teenage girl, who, like anyone would, is reeling from the loss of her previous boyfriend. Unfortunately, inheriting her mothers practical sense, she believes that to love is basically a trap- something not wo
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Nafiza
I picked this up at the library because the cover was pretty and shiny. I admit it. I judge books by their covers a lot of times. If the cover is aesthetically pleasing then I figure the content inside has to be somewhat pleasing if not downright awesome. Skewed logic? Most probably. And it’s not always true but pretty covers are just so…paradisiacal.

I haven’t read any reviews for this book so I don’t know what others think about it but I liked it. It was like watching a chick flick, dressed in
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Suzanne Harper has published two young adult novels, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney and The Juliet Club. She is currently working on a third young adult novel and a middle-grade series.

She has also written three original novels based on the Hannah Montana TV series (Rock the Waves, In the Loop, and Swept Up) and a number of novels (under the pen name N. B. Grace) based on High School Musical.
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