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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover's affection for each other; rath ...more
Mass Market Paperback, New Folger edition, 283 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Washington Square Press (first published 1595)
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Terrypoem a wonderful love story that teaches a great truth: that true love goes beyond the life after death
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Madeline
Dec 05, 2013 Madeline rated it it was ok
Romeo and Juliet, abridged.

ROMEO: I’m Romeo, and I used to be emo and annoying but now I’m so totally in luuuuurve and it’s AWESOME.

MERCUTIO: Okay, three things: One, there’s only room in this play for one awesome character and it’s me, bitch. Two, you’re still emo and annoying. Three, didn’t you say that exact same stuff yesterday about Rosaline?

ROMEO: Who?

*meanwhile, Juliet prances around her room and draws hearts on things and scribbles “Mrs. Juliet Montague” in her diary over and over. Beca
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Haleema
Jun 25, 2012 Haleema rated it did not like it
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Nate
Dec 04, 2013 Nate rated it did not like it
I'm not sure what annoys me more - the play that elevated a story about two teenagers meeting at a ball and instantly "falling in love" then deciding to get married after knowing each other for one night into the most well-known love story of all time, or the middle schools that feed this to kids of the same age group as the main characters to support their angst-filled heads with the idea that yes, they really are in love with that guy/girl they met five minutes ago, and no one can stop them, e ...more
Anne
Nov 22, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
THIS!
This is what happens when you jump into a Rebound Relationship.

So, when the story opens, Romeo is desperately in love with Rosaline. But since she won't give up the booty has sworn to remain chaste, he's all depressed and heartbroken.
Annoying emo style!

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His friends, tired of his constant whining, give him a Beyoncé mix tape.
He takes her words to heart, and her lyrics begin mend his broken soul.

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His boys drag his sad ass to a party, and across a crowded room Romeo spies his next victim..
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Catriona
Aug 11, 2013 Catriona rated it it was amazing
The people who dislike this play are the ones who view common sense over being rational, and prefer to view the world in a structured way. One of the main arguments that come across is the 'meeting, falling in love, and dying all in a weekend when Juliet is but 13'. We all must die in the end, so wouldn't you want to in the name of love than of an awful disease?
Perhaps the two lovers weren't truly in love, but their last living moments were spent believing so, so what does it matter? How can on
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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 07, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing

Two things struck me during this re-reading: 1) From the first scene of the play, the sexual puns are drenched in metaphorical violence (drawing your weapon, laying knife aboard, forcing women to the wall, etc,), creating a stark contrast with the purity of Romeo and Juliet's love and language, and 2)Mercutio, the Nurse and Old Capulet are something totally new both in Shakespeare and also in English drama, that is, characters who are not only realistic but whose language completely reflects the
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Kiki
Mar 19, 2016 Kiki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who get Shakespeare
Recommended to Kiki by: My good friend Stephenie Meyer
While Romeo and Juliet is impressive in some aspects, particularly the prose (though there is better prose out there, by better authors) it has been too badly beaten and neutered over the course of its life to matter at all any more. Don't expect to be able to convince anyone about the subliminal messaging behind the story of Romeo and Juliet; they'll think you're batshit. Even an English teacher will think you're batshit. It's like Wuthering Heights. Terrible, about terrible people, doing somet ...more
Manny
Oct 09, 2010 Manny rated it it was amazing
Every emo fourteen year old's dream. In bullet-point form:

• fall in love with hot boy/girl (delete as appropriate) that parents can't stand;

• tender words and some sex - gotta find out what that's like;

• major tragic incident that really wasn't your fault, you were provoked;

• everyone's mad at you;

• die beautiful death in loved one's arms;

• parents finally understand how much they cared about you and are sorry they didn't treat you better when you were alive.

So how did Shakespeare manage to
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Carol
Excellent! I can't believe I've waited so long to read this classic play! Having only surmised the story of ROMEO AND JULIET and not even seen the movie (yet) I now know Romeo was a Montague and Juliet a Capulet, two houses at odds. I know about the disastrous duels, the secret marriage, the surprise suitor and the botched plan; and then there's the fatal ending..... I even had that wrong, and OMGOSH they were so young!

I enjoyed actually reading Juliet's melodramatic expressions of love....."O R

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Kat Stark
Dec 03, 2015 Kat Stark rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, literature


Well, my least favorite Shakespeare play. I think we all know why. It's because teenagers are a bunch of dumbasses. That's why.
Kelly
Feb 26, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: poets, and young, angsty people
"Hey! I'm eatin' here!"

So you're at a nice outdoor cafe one day, eating your lunch, and all of a sudden some fool kids come running through the square with their swords out (apparently they've got some strong Second Amendment advocates in Verona) and insist on skewering each other right there in front of you in the square! And seriously all you want to do is just eat your (damn fine, not that anyone asked you) pasta and get back to work before your lord finds some excuse to fire you. But nooooo,
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Angela
Apr 23, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Okay so I just watched the "new" Romeo and Juliet movie (the one with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld) and thought "you know what I could really use a re-read of this".

Ha such a good idea; one of my best. First off all I could think about the whole time I was reading it was Douglas Booth staring at me like this while he told me I smelled like roses and was the sun...



(accidentally saved this picture as Romeow and I'm laughing so much harder than I should be about it)

So the whole time I'm
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Ian Not His Real Name
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE MUSICAL (A BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PRODUCTIONS EXTRAVAGANZA)

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

"Bruce Springsteen mixes Shakespeare’s best known romance with electric guitars, pianos, keyboards and saxophones." (Rolling Stoned)

"Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, cars, bikes, gangs, bangs, brawls, literature, blood, sugar, death, magik, kitchen sinks, meatloaf, clowns. It’s got everythnig." (Grauniad)

"E-Street Bard." (Village Voyce)

"Star-crossed Lovers Killed by Loose Windscreen." (Notional Enqu
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Sarah
Jun 14, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, plays
The first time I read Romeo and Juliet (my freshman year of high school), I hated it. I had always heard it built up as a great love story, a great romance- and I didn't see it at all. To me, it seemed a pretty pointless story about a couple of idiotic teenagers in lust. The ridiculous essays I was forced to compose about it certainly didn't help.

My senior year of high school, however, my drama teacher selected it as our spring play. I was stage manager, and I was horrified when he told me. I pl
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
There is nothing romantic about Romeo & Juliet. If anything, this felt like an intentional mockery to me. So if anyone thinks this is categorized as Romance, I will stare at them like they've lost their heads.

There have been debates about whether or not Romeo & Juliet is a satire. I'm 101% sure that this is a satirical play in which Shakespeare, the genius bastard, mocked and made fun of hot-headed, foolish teenagers. The man laughed in the face of insta-love (lust), and I laughed along
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Fahad
Feb 15, 2013 Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
روميو وجولييت

أصبت بحالة جفاف كتابي الأسبوع الماضي، صرت اتجنب الجلوس للكتابة، أؤجلها كل يوم إلى اليوم الذي يليه، أفسر هذه الحالة عندما تأتي بأنها قلق داخلي سببته مواقف صغيرة متفرقة، تجمعت معاً فصارت سداً أمام المزاج المؤاتي الذي يجعلك تكتب.

وها أنا الآن يوم بعد الفالانتاين – حيث يفترض أن العشاق حول العالم تبادلوا الهدايا والوعود -، أجلس لأكتب عن الحب، لأكتب عن روميو وجولييت، قصة الحب الأشهر، صحيح أنه لكل ثقافة قصة عشق تغنيها، ولكن روميو وجولييت اكتسبت القوة الدافعة للحضارة الغربية، فصارت قصة الع
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Jason Koivu
Jul 13, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The three things I took away from this reading...

1. Romeo and Juliet is and reads like an early work of Shakespeare's (whether or not you believe he wrote it), and so the scene executions are occasionally clunky and it lacks the subtly of his later work.

2. Regardless, the story moves you. When two people love one another and are kept from loving one another something must stir within your heart, otherwise you may want to get your heart checked out.

3. The third thing I took away was a questionin
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Emily May
Feb 08, 2014 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, plays
In terms of language and style, Romeo and Juliet might possibly be the best of all Shakespeare's work. It's crammed full of some of the most beautiful poetry I've ever had the pleasure of reading. But the story of lust-filled teens sacrificing themselves because of an extreme burst of instalove? Never really been my cup of tea.
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
I was thinking the other day and decided, "Hey! Why don't I write up a review for the world's possibly most effed up play ever. Why not?" So I'm going to. As you can probably tell this will not be eloquently written and in fact, I do not give a flying purple monkey about the romanticism behind the idiocy that went down that one week in Verona, (It all happened in on week!), because this play has bothered me since forever and it isn't about to change now! On with the review!


SPOILER ALERT!!

Over th
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Matt
Mar 02, 2007 Matt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Honestly, who doesn't like a love story?
How someone can go and get two degrees in English and not read Romeo and Juliet, I have absolutely no idea. Why I would take it upon myself to read Shakespeare when I’m under no obligation, I’m afraid only fellow writers and lit geeks will understand.

It’s among the best-known stories in history, even for people who’ve never come within a mile of the Bard’s plays. Two lovers are kept apart by their feuding families. They must thus pursue their love in secret. But it’s not called The Tragedy of Ro
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Anastasia
Jun 01, 2016 Anastasia rated it it was ok
2.5/5. This book wasn't for me. I knew what I was getting into but I had no choice. I had to read it for school, and every single scene was a struggle. The characters made the worst decisions and then wrote it off as being "young". Have to say that this play was a disappointment, I absolutely loved Hamlet. But Romeo and Juliet just fell flat for me. Full review to come.
j
Mar 15, 2012 j rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Subject: MR. MERCUTIO

FROM THE OFFICE MR REGINALDO OXFORDINGTON
VERONA DEVELOPMENT BANK (VDB).
FAIR VERONA

TRANSFER OF ($25,200.000.00) TWENTY FIVE MILLION, TWO HUNDREN THOUSAND SCUDI ROMANI.

I AM REGINALDO OXFORDINGTON, THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF VERONA DEVELOPMENT BANK HERE IN FAIR VERONA WHERE WE LAY OUR SCENE. DURING THE COURSE OF OUR AUDITING, I DISCOVERED A FLOATING FUND IN AN ACCOUNT OPENED IN THE BANK BY MR MERCUTIO AND AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OLD FILES IN THE RECORDS I DISCOVERED THAT THE OWNER
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Demo
Enter at your own risk. This is a bitchfit waiting to happen.

You know, I'm quite certain that if Shakespeare was the "genius" everyone claimed him to be, that Romeo & Juliet has been poorly interpreted. They were two young teenagers that fell "in love" in three days, and resulted in a shitload of deaths for a stupid reason. If Shakespeare was so brilliant, I don't think he'd call that true love or romantic. I think his point was that the families' feud was stupid, and in turn it caused their
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Trevor
Sep 10, 2010 Trevor rated it it was amazing
I was in the staff room a couple of weeks ago. Obviously, I stand out from the other student teachers. In fact, given I’m nearly 50 and male and they are nearly 25 and female, I imagine I look like one of those incredibly sad men that react to mid-life in ways other than looking for a new career.

Anyway, one of the teachers (a retired man who works covering absent teachers and seems to be there every day) asked me what I did before becoming a student teacher and then why in God’s name I would eve
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Danger
Mar 28, 2012 Danger rated it really liked it
This was a decent love story and all, but I'm pretty sure this Shakespeare dude tooooootally ripped off Twilight. I mean, like, how obvious could you be, Shakespeare? A'duh. If I wrote this book I would've totally made them vampires, but totally not like the Twilight vampries because I'm super original. My vampires would be made of cereal and their only vulnerability would be milk. And, like, Benvolio would be Capt'n Crunch and Mercutio would be the Trix rabbit and Romeo would be Edward and that ...more
Lyn
May 30, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a Montegue, what is Montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man
What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,
So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title,
Romeo, Doth thy name!
And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself.”

Shakespeare’s template for star-cr
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Jean
Who does not know the story of Romeo and Juliet? And these immortal lines,

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"

"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."

"Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow."


The very word "Romeo" has become synonymous with "male lover" in English, and the idea of the doomed romantic lovers, whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families, is famous world
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Florencia
Jan 03, 2016 Florencia rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
So, in the 16th century, 13-year-olds were able to fall in love and commit suicide, all in less than a week. Now, they get upset if they don't get the 1.000 likes they require in social networks. Newbies.

This is the greatest love story of all times. Yes, it happened in less than a month (and there are men that after 10 years of being in a relationship, still aren't ready to get married). I can't imagine what would have happened in a six-month marriage. “New home, a couple of kids—a challenge to
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Sally Linford
May 25, 2008 Sally Linford rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Sally by: Stepheine Meyer!
Let's talk for a minute about why I would give 5 stars to this awful story. I just need to step back 25 years. I first read this when I was in junior high (just the age of our star-crossed lovers), and I absolutely loathed it. Unfortunately, I didn't just simmer quietly about it--I loathed this LOUDLY, openly in my English class. Everyone got to hear about just how stupid these people were.

Being their age, I would never have behaved so badly--meet, marry, suicide in a weekend? Puh-leez.

I have ca
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Rita
"Já mais houve no mundo história mais dolorosa do que a de Romeu e Julieta."

Tudo neste livro foi para mim uma surpresa: a escrita de Shakespeare, a fluidez da leitura, até a história em si. Nunca pensei que a escrita fosse tão acessível, imaginava aquelas frases cheias de floreados em que não consigo apanhar nada, e só para desmitificar este tabu acho que todos os (ávidos) leitores deveriam ler esta obra.
O livro é bastante curto, tem cerca de 80 páginas, é uma peça de teatro, o que também facil
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
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