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Romiette and Julio

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Like Shakespeare's famous star-crossed lovers, Romiette Cappelle and Julio Montague face strong opposition to their budding romance. In their case, a dangerous gang's disapproval of their interracial relationship puts the two in mortal peril.
Library Binding, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published September 1st 1999)
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Grace Harris I read it when I was in 7th grade. Got it from the school library. Loved it.

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Jessica Abarquez
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Kim Gugino
Dec 28, 2012 Kim Gugino rated it did not like it
Pure torture; the book is so cliche. I skimmed the last third of the book (something like the first sentence of each paragraph) and still knew what was going on. Young adult lit. should provide more for its readers.
The New Maria
Feb 02, 2009 The New Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sexist people who have crappy taste in books
Recommended to The New Maria by: This girl in my English class.
It seemed like a really good idea, and Draper is a very good author but kerplunk! This book was a failure. It is very sexist (e.g. when Romi and Julio go missing the men do all the actual searching while the women give the men coffee and take phone calls.) I also thought it was very cheesy the way they kept on using Spanish in the book. I have Hispanic friends but they either talk fully English or fully Spanish, not a mix of both. It was like she was trying to teach you Spanish. and also their w ...more
(B) Archer at KIPP
Mar 12, 2008 (B) Archer at KIPP rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: to anybody who liked Romeo and Juliet
Recommended to (B) Archer by: Tati C.
Shelves: girls-have-read
School was as boring as always, that’s what 16 year old Romiette thought before she met Julio. Julio, an angry 16 year old that recently moved from Corpus Cristi, Texas is forced to attend a local high school (which he hates a lot) were Romiette goes to school. Romiette and Julio meet and its love at first sight. There's only one problem, Romiette is African American, and Julio is Hispanic (which doesn’t go good with their parents). People start to talk about how Romiette and Julio are dating an ...more
Klah-Rih-Sah  |♥|↵
Nov 06, 2008 Klah-Rih-Sah |♥|↵ rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-quater
Its even better than the old version! If you liked the Shakespere version you will loveeee this one! Its a story about a smart African-american girl who falls in love with a dumb mexican boy. They met over internet not knowing that they went to the same school.! But the problem is.....there parents dont want them to be together because of their different customs and race. This story has about the same settings and causes as shakesperes. They each think that the other had dies and he kills himsel ...more
Aby
Aug 12, 2012 Aby rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one except Sharon Draper so she can reread it and see how badly it's written
Recommended to Aby by: The raging homosexuals in the Miami-Dade school system
I had to read this story for middle school summer reading and I hated it when I'm actually an avid reader. I mostly read YA fiction so this book felt not only short but empty.

Dialogue is off. I am Hispanic and I never talk like Julio, who seems to be teaching a spanish class using a basic Spanish word every other sentence he says. I know that Destiny and Romiette are African American but the corny way they keep saying 'girl' or 'girlfriend' to refer to each other feels forced. Also, there's too
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Paula
Feb 20, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like realistic fiction books on teenagers
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Henry Sandiford
Feb 26, 2013 Henry Sandiford rated it did not like it
Shelves: in-class-reading
This book was probably the most terrible book I have ever read. The theme in it is how race should not matter between people. The author mocks Shakespeare's classic play "Romeo and Juliet" very poorly. She exaggerates what she thinks teenagers think and do. The characters in the story are almost as fake as Ken and Barbie. The writer's style tries to be hip, cool and young. I did not like this book and I suggest for other people to read the actual play rather than this terrible piece others would ...more
Ally Doerman
Jan 12, 2016 Ally Doerman rated it it was ok
Romiette is a 16 year old black girl, whose mother owns a very popular African culture shop in Cincinnati. Julio is a 16 year old Hispanic boy who just moved to Cincinnati from Corpus Christi, Texas. Despite going to the same school, Romiette and Julio meet in an online chat room, where Julio shares the woes of his new life in Ohio, and where Romiette makes him feel more alive than he ever felt in Texas. After meeting in the lunch room at school for the first time, Romiette and Julio begin talki ...more
Ashley
Jan 07, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
This book is a pretty cute adaptation of the classic Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. Even though it has MANY cheesy lines (some of which don't make any sense at all...), it was an enjoyable read.

Pros: Romiette and Julio are SUPER adorable together. Even though they are people from different backgrounds, it's nice to read a story where they can put aside their differences so quickly and fall madly in love with one another. If only love were that easy! Their best friends are also a nice addit
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Dene' Barthell
Mar 09, 2013 Dene' Barthell rated it it was amazing
i thought this book was very good. i could understand this book more than i could the original romeo and juliet. i could also relate to this book more because it is in modern-day whereas romeo and juliet was not. and the characters in romiette and julio had to go through what many kids go through.
Naomi
Mar 04, 2008 Naomi rated it it was amazing
This is really goodi think it is a good book because it has a twist to it. it is about two teens that fall in love. its really good. girls u would like this especially
Aja
Jan 08, 2009 Aja added it
The book I recently read is Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper. This is a take-off of William Shakespears’ book Romeo and Juliet it has a very powerful message which is where ever you go in life there are going to be obsticals in your way.

This book is based on an African-American and a Texan-American. And the trials and tribulations that they have to go through to show there true love for one another. The way they met is similar to the way my boyfriend and I met in real life, over the intern
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Rhayna
Apr 07, 2013 Rhayna rated it it was ok
This book reflects on the Romeo And Juliet story. Its just like the movie and the book. Julio and Romiette have fallen in love and can't be together because of the rivalry between violent gang members. Like in the actual book when Romeo and Juliet try to escape in this book they try and do the same thing. They both attended the same high school in the book and they were from different backgrounds. It wasn't the family who wanted them to be together it was a violent gang called the Devildogs and ...more
Rachel Lee
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Katy McCracken
Apr 25, 2008 Katy McCracken rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY!!!
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♥MRS.
Mar 01, 2011 ♥MRS. rated it it was amazing
i really loved this because its like romeo and juliet. but in this book it talks about these two love birds that meet by a chat room. they dont know if they go to school together. they find out by seeing each othert in the lunchroom in high school. romiette always had theis dream that she would drown and die but this guy calls out her name but she dont know who it is because its drak and scary. but later she founds out that dream comes tru ans knows the voice who calles her name. romi is a afric ...more
Ms. Wu
Mar 04, 2013 Ms. Wu rated it liked it
Genre: Fiction
Tags: teen romance, gang wars
Lexile score: 610L

Book review: Sharon Draper's Romiette and Julio is a well-composed storyline about two modern-day teenagers. She uses suspense to keep the reader engaged throughout the novel. While it was well-written, I was not able to make as many text-to-self connections due to the generation gap between myself and the characters in the story. However, I still recommend this book for teenagers.

Plot summary (spoiler alert!): In the beginning, the tw
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Tenzin Nyima
Mar 25, 2011 Tenzin Nyima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kyle
Mar 26, 2012 Kyle rated it did not like it
To begin with, I am a huge fan of Young Adult novels. However, I found reading "Romiette and Julio" to be one of my worst experiences with a book thus far in my life. The problem I had was not that all too familiar plot because this was a modernization of a very well known story. No, my problem came in the dialogue and the characters. For one thing, almost the entire book is dialogue. There is very little description of what is going on or how the characters are feeling, and what description the ...more
Kayla Manderville
Nov 13, 2013 Kayla Manderville rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Qian
Mar 13, 2008 Qian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like romance
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Sharon M.Draper ISBN 0-689-84209-0

Sixteen year old Romiette Capplell is an African American teenager living in Cincinatti, Ohio. Unlike other teenagers Romeitte is very satisfy with her own life except there is one thing that trouble her the most. A terrifying dream where there is a unknow voice that keeps on calling her," Romiette! Romiette!" The voice seems very distanced, but somehow it's very familiar that it reach the depth of her heart. It is this voice th
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Meg
Apr 06, 2010 Meg rated it it was amazing
Racism, gangs, humor, true love... you name it, this book has it. So Romeo has been changed to a girl's name, Romiette, and Juliet has been changed to a guy's name, Julio... Why not?

The mystery, and great story telling starts from page one. And, you as the reader worry for the entire story if this imitation of Shakespeare's work will be 100% true to the original and end in tragedy. You pray that it will not since by the fourth chapter you absolutely love all of the characters.

Am I going to tell
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Julie
Mar 04, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
This book is a really great book its suppose to be romantic at the beginning but in the middle its scary a little I highly recommend this book! This book is basically about a young man who moved from Texas to Cincinatti. His name is Julio and he hit someone named Ben on the first day they became then Julio went online chat and met Romiette. There's a gang called the Devil Dogs or also known as The Family. That's does not like Julio because history between texas gangs and theirs.
Nia
Apr 29, 2016 Nia rated it really liked it

Opens with Romiettes recurring dream. Deathly afraid of water, Romiette is drowning in her dream. When she thinks that's she about to be saved from the water she wakes up . but, she doesn't know who was about to save her. The book romiette and julio by Sharon Draper published in 2001,Is an exciting, unexpecting , and twisting book that would want you be on your tip of your chair. Julio , from corpus christi texas , a hot fun place to be, moved to ohio where is gloomy and plain. Julio hates it th
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Myla
Apr 29, 2016 Myla rated it it was amazing
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Reeseis Chillin
Apr 09, 2014 Reeseis Chillin rated it really liked it
"Romiette" and Julio by Sharon M. Draper is a realistic fiction that takes an idea from William Shakesperes play "Romeo and Juliet". It is about two teenagers in Cincinatti named Romiette Cappelle and Julio Montague. These two teenagers cross paths and quickly have a budding romance. But like the Shakespere play, not everyone appoves of their interracial relationship since Julio is hispanic and Romiette is African-American. This leads to issues with the Devildogs, an infamous gang who instill f ...more
miss molly
Feb 23, 2014 miss molly rated it liked it
I love the story of Romeo and Juliet. Always have. However, all retellings I have read or seen seem to disappoint me. But more on that in a minute.

I must first say that another one of my loves happens to be crying. I don't know why; it has nothing to do with any sort of depression. Maybe I'm the only one who loves crying, I'm not sure. I just love the raw emotion that goes into a good cry. I especially love crying over books. When I come across an author that is able to capture those intense fe
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Lauren Alyssa
Oct 09, 2014 Lauren Alyssa rated it liked it
Imagine being friends with someone who is not like you, someone who is not usually supposed to be friends with you. Imagine, not being accepted by everyone just because you two are different. This is the same situation in the story Romiette and Julio.

"Romiette and Julio" by, Sharon Draper is about and a boy and a girl who meet online who can’t help but to become friends. Julio who hispanic, is new and moves from Texas to Cincinnati where Romiette who is African american is from. Romiette had t
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Anna
Mar 30, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this story. I think the idea had a lot of potential, and since I had read some of Draper's other stories, like Copper Sun, I thought she'd be able to pull it off.

But like many of the reviews before me have stated, the writing killed it. Her teenagers did not talk like teenagers whatsoever, and don't even get me started on how unrealistically the gang acted. Her dialogue was corny and had about 300 too many exclamation points. I really didn't expect this considering Copper Sun w
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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