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The Juliet Club

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,664 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
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 dest
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Hardcover, 402 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Harper Teen
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Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
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 really liked it
Recommends it for: teen girls, grades 8-12
Recommended to Jackie "the Librarian" by: WashYARG book
Shelves: youngadult, humor, romance
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
Apr 26, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
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
Christine
Oct 15, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing
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
Sara
May 07, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Alyssa
Dec 22, 2015 Alyssa rated it did not like it
Shelves: wtf
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
Nov 24, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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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Anna
Jul 07, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
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
Jul 13, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
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Caitlyn Shanes
Apr 19, 2015 Caitlyn Shanes rated it it was amazing
I have trouble believing that some people actually disliked this book. From the moment I read the summary I was entranced. I knew I wanted to read this. I loved the book and couldn't put it down. While some people believed I shouldn't have liked this book, I did. I am a massive fan of young adult fluff and this was right up my alley. I loved the characters, the plot, and found every aspect of the book wonderful. Perhaps I should consider the Juliet club for my own romance related problems.
Jenny
Jan 12, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was cute and fluffy. YA chick lit. Some parts were a little much, or over the top, but it kind of goes with the territory, really. What I thought was really cool, was that the author included Juliet's address in case you wanted to write your own Juliet letter. Pretty neat.
RubyRidingHood
I absolutely adored this book! O, how I long for a sequel! It was so cute, clever, well-written, and fluffy but not-too-fluffy. It had superb vocabulary, and great Shakespeare quotes all over the pages. So delightful! This turned out to be a pleasant surprise - I thought it was going to simply be a fluffy, pleasure read, but it ended up being much higher quality! I loved it! :D
Miranda
Jul 17, 2015 Miranda rated it really liked it
I read this a few years ago when I was in high school. I remember liking it, so I am giving it a 4 star review? I don't know how I would feel about it now, but I do remember enjoying it when I first read it.

4 / 5 Fangs
Mariela
Sep 23, 2009 Mariela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who are looking for en enchanting, humorous adventure of love.
Recommended to Mariela 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
Feb 25, 2009 Syndy rated it it was amazing
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
Yon
May 07, 2016 Yon rated it liked it
Good for vocabulary?!

Disappointing in the end. For such a gripping opening and the beautiful (although not always purposeful) language, the plot eventually was just a clichéd disappointment. Good for increasing vocabulary. The material was there but the story poorly executed.

CHARACTERS
There was commendable attempt to reach into the side characters' worlds with abrupt changes perspective. Unfortunately, the effort stops there. They were well meaning attempts to increase character depth and delv
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Ren Yensen
Nov 01, 2015 Ren Yensen rated it it was ok
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Aubree Leishman
May 19, 2015 Aubree Leishman rated it really liked it
"The Juliet Club" was written by Suzanne Harper and is a classic modern day fairytale! It is easy to become enchanted by the colorful description of Italy and true love. The characters are relatable to people you know or admire. You can even see some of their attributes in yourself.

Kate Sanderson, the main character, is the type of person we would refer to as "a nerd". When devastated and torn apart by love Kate vows never to go there again. With parents as different as night and day, it isn't
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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.
emma grace
Sep 26, 2011 emma grace rated it it was amazing
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!
Lily Paz
Jul 01, 2016 Lily Paz rated it really liked it
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Jaci
Jul 22, 2010 Jaci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-stories, cute
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
Sep 23, 2011 Kathryn Cooper rated it really liked it
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
Sep 02, 2014 Lucia rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Aug 16, 2011 Shauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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