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Calling Romeo

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,642 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Romeo, oh-no! Romeo
Juliet is already wondering whether her live-in boyfriend Will has lost his lust for life -- and for her -- when tragedy strikes: He stands her up. On Valentine's Day. Then some jerk in a fancy car splashes her with icky London rain water, takes a good, hard look at her, and drives away. What's worse he was gorgeous, the kind of guy you dream would sw
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Gallery Books (first published 2002)
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Tea Jovanović
Ovo je prvi roman Aleksandre Poter koji sam pročitala... i zaključila da na nju treba obratiti pažnju, da ima potencijal i da može biti interesantna našim čitaocima... ali da ova knjiga nije dovoljno dobra (po mom mišljenju) da bi se s njom krenulo...
Veronica Widya
hmm,, calling romeo..
the story is ordinary, but there's a good meaning that contain in there.
like we know, the story was telling about the relationship between 2 lovers. will and juliet, they falling in love but they experience saturation in their relationship. i think its natural. ppl who having relationship over years must be experience such thing. its almost impossible that they still adore one another after a plenty years. and juliet experience that.
she love will, but for her will is just li
Alright, if I have to sum it up in two words, I would say -- excruciatingly long and the only reason as to why it wasn't half a star or a star is -- I liked Trudy. And no, she is not the main character. Honestly speaking, after having read a decent book by Alexandra Potter, I find myself somewhat disappointed by the book. It was long and no, I have no problem with reading long books, I've read Harry Potter and loved it, remember. Maybe that's it, chick-lit is definitely not my genre. Juliet (I f ...more
Yet another book with a misguiding title and review. It's not about a fluffy romance between one-dimensional characters. It's about the excitement brought by the new and unknown, the stability of the familiar and the choice between the two.

This is the story of Juliet and Will, a couple of more than 2 years, that seem to be more or less estranged at the beginning of the book. A few stupid decisions and wrong turns later and they both get a wake up call and start re-evaluating their lives and thei
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

I'm not certain why I somehow still read books about someone infidelity when I know that all it ends up doing is making me feel terribly agonised. It irks me to no end, but perhaps I keep looking for a book that gives an insight to both sides of the party. Well, Calling Romeo fits well, but it isn't the best read, I don't think.

I'm very torn about my response to this book. On the one hand, the trickling pace of the plot bored me. Too much narrative! I was tem
I am not one to normally give up on a book. However I reached about the 100th page and just really could not take how slow the book was forming. It possibly could be that I am simply not in a patient mood so I might return to try to reread this book but as of right now I do not suggest it.
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
Whew. I finally finished reading this one. I should tell you, this is definitely not an easy read. I find myself annoyed with it at times that i wanted to throw it away and never read it again. well,not literally throw it away.haha. But its just that i find it annoying thus making it hard to read for me. Get my point? Well right. Moving on.

The story revolves around Juliet. A lady with a decent job, decent life and a decent boyfriend. Will, Juliet's long-time boyfriend has seemed to be more absor
Hari Valentine harusnya jadi hari yang romantis untuk Juliet, tapi ternyata justru di malam Valentine itu Juliet malah ‘ditelantarkan’ Will, pacarnya, yang lupa akan janji makan malam sama Juliet. Dan bukan itu aja, dalam perjalanan pulang di tengah hujan, sebuah mobil sport mewah yang lewat menciprati baju Juliet yang dibeli dengan hampir membuat kartu kreditnya berteriak ‘Overlimit’. Si pengemudi mobil tidak berhenti sedikit pun untuk minta ma’af.

Kejadian malam itu, membuat Juliet berpikir ula
If this, her first novel, was the first book I had read of Potter, I would most certainly, undoubtely, not have read the other two..... I just finished this book because I kept expecting that the Alexandra Potter with an imagination and a better writing style would show up any minute....but she didnt.
Not that I think she is something out of this world, but her two other books really enterteined me, this one just annoyed me a usually all British female characters do at the beginning,
I had a problem with this book: pace. It was too, too slow!! It took an effort to get through the first 40% (I am reasoning kindle), after that luckily it got a little faster but not nearly enough to name the book gripping. The main story was ok I guess, but the side stories were annoying. The best friend part was boring in the beginning, depressing in the middle, and just meh in the end. The 80-years-old naighboor part useless! A waste of pages, the author uses it in the end, but should have fo ...more
It was an interesting start, but then it draaaaaaged on... Like most reviewers of this book, I found it slow and only mildly interesting. Enough went on to keep you reading, but at the same time a voice in your head would be chanting, "come on, come on, get a move on..."

I just wanted to get it over and done with. At the start, I was questioning which guy Potter is rooting for in the book - it was a clever move on her part to give a bit of the starting narrative to Sykes, after all, only the main
Lim Denise
This wold be my first time to write a review here in goodreads, just so that I could do more justice to this novel.

So here goes, Calling Romeo is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. As most of us would probably know even without reading the book, this is a novel about L-O-V-E.

What i'm trying to say is: If you ain't a romantic, then there's not the slightest chance that you would adore this novel.Stop reading the book and save yourselves from self induced misery.

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May 09, 2011 Mimi is currently reading it
This book is awesome. It's about love.It explains that Love is not only about VAlentine's or dating, or one-thousand roses or romantic holiday in romance country like Italy. But, it's about trust, faith and kindness. Find out how Juliet tried to get her love back, when her 'husband-to-be' Will discovered that she had a fling with a guy called Sykes, a gorgeous half-Italian man...;)
I read other Alexandra Potter books and I did like them but this one is a little boring . There's nothing special about it . A couple Juliet and Will who are facing few problems in their lives which is somthing ordinary in every relationship. It was a very long boring story that I couldn't finish.
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Sep 18, 2008 Judy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
I read about 3/4 of the book hoping it would get better before finally giving up.
Suad Shamma
What a shit book to tell you the truth. Absolutely, utter drivel is what this book is.

Firstly, I've said this time and time again, I despise infidelity! And I despise characters who cheat on their partners. They redeem themselves a little bit when their partner is a complete jerk, and they end up leaving him/her to be with the person they cheated on them with. However, when it's simply cheating for the sake of cheating, then there is no redemption as far as I'm concerned.

Juliet, oh Juliet, what
Juliet lives with her boyfriend Will and over time things have become a bit dull. After Will left his well paid job, flashy car and designer suits to set up a garden design business with his friend, he has gradually settled into a smelly, bobbly fleece and nights in with a chicken jalfrezi, dozing in front of the telly. The final straw for Juliet is when he forgets a long planned Valentine Day's meal and leaves her alone and mud splattered on Oxford Street. Her chance meeting with Sykes; gorgeou ...more
It’s fair to say that I’m a big ol’ fan of Alexandra Potter. I’ve read most of her novels and on the whole I do enjoy them. However, I do find myself prone to not liking certain aspects of some of her novels. I enjoyed Who’s That Girl? but I didn’t like how it ended, for example but on the other hand her latest book You’re The One That I Don’t Want was fab. So when I received Calling Romeo to review, I was intrigued. It’s a re-release and originally came out in 2002 before she started adding the ...more
La Belle
Ordinary story coz represented in our love life actually..

Started when you get manipulated with your own hearth coz you think a very quit long relationship, always ending or move on with Bored situation. But, in here, Juliet,a typical ordinary girl whose living in a big city and try to find a warm huge also attention from her love's one, never get to be true to find another "arm" that openly to give a huge and strong arm to make you feel save & alone no more. But, love is a tricky way in our
This book's a sweet love story, that's what it is (view spoiler), even though we get through a lot of heart breaks and surpsises and "NOOOO"s. It was nothing of what I expected, it actually caught me by surpsise, it talks about a sensitive subject (view spoiler). It is a lot different than the other two books of hers i've read, which on the one hand is good, but on the other i wanted this to be like the others which is wh ...more
Lisa (scarlet21)
A fine piece of rom-com. Very thoroughly enjoyed.

Juliet is in a bit of a rut with boyfriend Will. Juliet is climbing the ladder to success in her advertising career and Will has set up his own business, which leaves little time for the minutae of their relationship. We've all been there, coming home to mess, partner falling asleep in front of the TV, the niggly annoyances like underpants on the floor, dirty plates in the sink, forgetting Valentine's Day.....and Juliet is no exception. So when a
Chick-lit with a capital c... Slight twist with the ending which just annoyed me but it did keep me from forgetting about the book altogether.

Hmmm... So let's imagine that Juliet has met Romeo but how does it go afterwards. What if she cheats on "da one"? Will they get together again? dot dot dot

K, so that is the plot. The ending *grit my teeth* did not answer the last question to my satisfaction. (think of that how you would like cuz I don't want to add a spoiler)

Favourite Part- Juliet's though
Juliet, living with her boyfriend Will is beginning to get bored. After two and a half years together he's taken her for granted, she cleans up after him but she wants more. She wants him to make her feel pretty, comment on how pretty she looks, make love to her. And if he can't do that, she'll find someone who can!

I always wondered the outcome of a relationship when coming to the end of a book or film, surely not all of them have there happily ever afters, so this book gave a real insight into
Okay, so Alexandra Potter's Calling Romeo was a chick-lit that I had a problem putting down. I do like a good chick-lit, no matter how dire.

This book was pretty good, I do like Alexandra Potter. I bought it in the WHSmith in the train station that I was waiting in to go to Paris. I didn't expect much from it, just that it'd be a nice holiday read. I really got into it though.

My favourite character had to be Will, bless him. I loved him. At the beginning of the book, I thought he was going to be
I do enjoy Alexandra Potter’s novels and so I was expecting this to be similar to her earlier novel, Me and Mr Darcy which I loved, however I was surprised to find that Shakespeare’s Romeo doesn’t actually appear in this novel. It does, however centre around heroine Juliet, but this is where the similarities end. Juliet experiences that kind of irritating complacency which one often experiences at that certain point in a relationship and so finds herself looking for solutions elsewhere, which is ...more
This review was first published on my blog Lecture Toute une Aventure

Enjoyable read, we can easily see the improvement of Alexandra Potter’s writer style. Her first book was properly writing but didn’t keep the readers hooked, this one is better to keep the reader attention on the story.

The message is also expressed in a better way during the entire story: don’t keep everything for granted, stay attentive to your loved one, keep having small gestures to show your feeling and don’t give up at
Jan 13, 2013 Semina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I hate these things. Why do I keep reading them ? Why ?
Oh, yeah.
The truth is, I read this piece of s%#/, pardon, romance novel because there isn't anything else to read in this house!!! And I'm writing a review of it because one of my New Year's resolutions is to write a at least 1000-character review of every book I read.
So we have main character, Juliet, a successful woman in early thirties who works at this fancy marketing firm and her relationship is in a crisis. We have a bitchy bos
The pace of the book was normal at the beginning, became extremely slow in the middle and fast again at the end. The middle was the reason why it took me so long to finish the whole book; it was so slow that it became incredibly boring.
The book started with Valentine's day where Juliet got stood up by her long-term boyfriend Will and that gave her the chance to bump into a rich and handsome stranger, Sykes. My feelings for Juliet was sympathetic at the beginning as Will was being a lazy jerk wh
Arra Abella
Mar 06, 2013 Arra Abella rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hopeless romantics, Adults
This is a novel based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but it was set in the modern times and it has a very different twist.

The love story was a roller coaster ride for me. On one hand, I get really love drunk whenever the scene was romantic or just plain sweet. Sometimes, I even blush for the protagonist, Juliet, because I was really overwhelmed on how the events turned out.

On the other hand, the story was a tearjerker. Tears filled up my eyes when I got to the climax part. It was real
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Alexandra Potter is the best-selling author of nine romantic comedies (soon to be ten when her latest novel, THE LOVE DETECTIVE is published in 2014). Born in England, she has lived in London, Sydney, Australia and New York and LA, and can currently be found clocking up too many air miles travelling the globe researching ideas for her new book...
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“And like a soprano shattering glass, Juliet heard something snap deep inside.
It was the sound of her heart breaking.”
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