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Romeo and Juliet Together (And Alive!) at Last

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  499 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The eighth grade's plan to get two reluctant lovers together by means of a classroom production of Shakespeare's play has some very unexpected results.
Hardcover, 122 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Scholastic (first published 1987)
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Oct 01, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My first thought when I came across an Avi book as a kid was—“Superheroes write books?” Hehe…I had a thing for masked crusaders (still do). Something about the single name screamed SUPER and in many ways Avi is a superhero. He captivates readers left and right with humor, hijinks, mystery, chills, intelligence, and fun. The man can do it all!

Sooooo when I spotted this gem at a book sale over the weekend, I scooped it up, ran home, and read it cover to cover in one giggle-fest sitting. :)

This tal
Dec 20, 2008 Ragan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute and laugh out loud funny book. I read this to my husband out loud and we both enjoyed it. A bunch of kids put on the play Romeo and Juliet to try to maneuver their two friends into kissing each other.
LoL It was pretty okay.. I kinda got bored at some parts but this book is pretty much about a wrecked up Romeo and Juliet stage play :D Probally all the worst things that could happen during a play.. lol.. I loved the ending though! <33 :P

Amanda Holmes
I am reading the book Romeo and Juliet Together (and alive) at Last. I think that it is a really good book so far. It is about two people, one of them is Peter Saltz. Perter is in love with a girl named Anabell Stackpoole and is sad to admit it to her because she doesn't ever notice him. Then Peter's friend Ed hosts a play to get Saltz and Stackpoole together, it is the play Romeo and Juliet and of course they have to kiss. Then Ed get's a lot of his friends together and tell them who to vote fo ...more
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Ed Sitrow's best friend, Pete Saltz, loves Anabell Stackpoole. Unfortunately, Pete and Anabell’s shyness keeps them apart. So, Ed teams up with classmate Lucy Neblett who also wants to help the ill-fated romance. While studying "Romeo and Juliet" in literature class, Ed and Lucy decide that the eighth-grade should put on the play with Pete cast as Romeo and Anabell as Juliet. Then, the two star-crossed lovers would not only have to look at each other and talk, they would have to kiss! With the p ...more
A sequel to S.O.R losers in which Peter Saltz has fallen in love with Anabell. The problem is the two are so shy they will not even look at each other much less talk to each other. Ed Sitrow comes up with the solution of having the two star in production of Romeo and Juliet. Trouble ensures because they have only two weeks to put on the production and their Tybalt is not acting the enemy of Romeo he is the enemy of Peter.

It was fairly funny but, I have read funnier books. Some of the humor seems
When Pete tells his best friend Ed that he (Pete) is in love with the mousy Annabell Stackpoole, but neither of them can even look at each other, much less talk, Ed decides to do something about it. The 8th grade is reading Romeo and Juliet, so Ed decides that he and his classmates should stage an abbreviated version of the play, casting Pete as Romeo and Annabell as Juliet, so they'll have to kiss. What could possibly go wrong?

Since our school staged this last fall and I have all those visuals
Aug 02, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We laughed ourselves sick. This book is a juvenile fiction book about some 8th graders who are trying to be matchmakers for their very shy friends. The scheme is to set the two up as Romeo and Juliet in a shortened version of Shakespeare's famous play. The kids do the play entirely on their own--absolutely no adult supervision, and write, rehearse and produce their play in 2 weeks. If you are familiar with the actual dialogue of the original Romeo and Juliet, you will laugh yourself silly. I wil ...more
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Jan 15, 2009 Lisa the Librarian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A follow up to S.O.R. Losers. I liked this slightly better because the children are working on their own project with their own ideas. It might help that this is about a play and I am way more of a drama person than a sports person.

I liked the inventiveness of the students and the persistence that the "show must go on" despite the disasters they experience. Bravo!

Not Avi's best work but cute.

My one complaint is that while the writing level is about 4th grade the subject matter touches on middle
Mar 30, 2007 jacky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
I read this in early middle school. Unlike all the other young adult books that were recommended for me or classics assigned to me, this book was easy and light. It didn't contain any heavy topics like drug abuse or kidnapping. It was just a fun little romance story. I really enjoyed that wasn't teaching me about some big issue, that it was short and easy to read, and that it was about shy people, because I was shy, but interested in romance.
Carol Hardesty
This was a pretty cute book. It kinda reminded me of the "Hey Arnold!" episode where Helga and Arnold play the lead roles in their school's production of "Romeo & Juliet" (anyone else?). The part I remember most was the kiss scene when the balcony falls apart and 'Juliet' falls on top of 'Romeo'. And all 'Romeo' can say is, "That was some kiss!" =D
The reason why i like this book is because it is about love and because romeo the main character dies with Juliet just because he says he couldn't live without the love of his life and so he preferred to die with her. One thing i don't like about this book is that their love was to obsessive and i think it is too much. Also some of the characters in this book prohibit Juliet to be romeo.
N W James
Oct 28, 2013 N W James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2013
Pete likes Anabell. Pete's friend, Ed, decides to make their relationship happen, so he conjures a plan to put-on a production of Romeo and Juliet casting Pete and Anabell in the title roles and his other friends in the rest of the production. The humor relies pretty heavily on knowing the major scenes of the play, but it's enjoyable if you do.
This book didn't seem to be typical Avi (maybe because it was published almost three decades ago). While funny, it lacked the complex and interesting plot his books usually have. Avi does have a lighthearted side, but it seemed as though he tried too hard to have a comical character. However, overall, it is not a bad book, and is a good choice for anyone looking for a quick read.
Apr 20, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a signed copy of this young adult novel, and I thank Avi every day for writing this tale of junior high love acted out on the stage. It created a drive in me to learn more about theatre, and formed the impressions that allowed me to believe anything is possible through this particular art form. Thanks, Avi, you don't know it, but you gifted me my career.
May 13, 2015 Phil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story was a bit weak and predictable, with the laughs not quite hitting the mark in my opinion. It was amusing, but just. It touches on the character's crushes on each other very gently, which would make it a decent read for a younger audience. All in all I feel there are better books to read out there, including many of Avi's.
Amanda Fashbaugh
Jan 07, 2008 Amanda Fashbaugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a giggle
Theater and young love from an eighth grade boy's POV? Sign me up! Written at a level that any adult can finish it in less than an hour, this book is worth a read for the program of the play alone. It helps if you know Romeo and Juliet a little, because some of the mistakes are funniest when compared with the solemnity of the source material.
Mar 29, 2016 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so many times when I was in elementary school. And, as I'm currently in a production of Romeo & Juliet, I thought it was time to revisit it.

It totally holds up. Cute, funny, and just all around good.
Feb 02, 2014 stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-favorites
Hilarious through and through. I could not stop laughing the entire time I was reading this! And when I'll have to read it in 9th grade, I'll probably be laughing in my head then, remembering this book.
May 30, 2011 Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually really liked this book. It was laugh out loud funny! If you want a quick read with a light hearted storyline chose this. It is about a group of 8th graders who find out two of their friends like each other but won't admit it. They put on a play so they will kiss.
So funny! I would consider having students read this (or at last parts of it) after studying the play "Romeo and Juliet." Often times, the actors in the play fumble up the original lines. Its both entertaining and also educational as kids could maybe try to catch as many lines as they could.
April Suter
A cute middle-school story of a buddy helping his best pal by creating a Romeo and Juliet play within two weeks organizing it so that the best pal and the girl he is in love with are the main characters. Read for the giggles, because what can go wrong will probably go wrong :-)

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Aug 17, 2009 Jenna rated it liked it
This is definitely a younger reading level but I think younger kids wouldn't understand it, so it is about 11 - 12 age group. I liked how it was so funny and how Romeo's friend was totally clueless
Aug 18, 2011 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about kids putting on a school play so that two classmates will "go steady." Not a bad book. Kids might enjoy this one if they are putting on a school play.
Andd Becker
The antics of 8th grade thespians will appeal to RL 4.9 readers. The dialogue is crisp.
This book was hilarious! If you like "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" you'll crack up with this one. Definitely a book to read to junior high kids or anyone who had a crush in junior high. Funny.
I like Avi's sense of humor, and the butchering of Shakespeare lines.
Jun 14, 2008 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny! ~as is normal for Avi books
Sep 17, 2011 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My school is doing this for the school play - oh my goodness, it is so funny. I'm excited to perform it.
Sep 30, 2015 Yahir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the book
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