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Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  791 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Shakespeare's classic retold from another perspective



Rosaline won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she meets Benvolio. Where Romeo's words had been hollow and unfounded, Benvolio's are filled with sincerity and true love. Now Rosaline finds herself caught between her feelings, her ambition, and her family's long-standing feu
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Anne Osterlund
Rosaline is NOT in love with Romeo—that simpering, lovesick, ANNOYANCE. In fact, she has no interest in falling in love or getting married or any of that. Nope. She’s going study medicine. Commit herself to science. And she isn’t going to waste her time on the feud between her family, the Capulets, and their archenemy, the Montagues, either.

She really couldn’t care less about of the Montagues.

That is . . . she couldn’t until the brawl. Where she gets hit on the head. And rescued.

And now, well, t
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Rachel
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Cindy
Sep 14, 2008 Cindy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who wanted to feel okay about going blind and not being able to read books any more.
Recommended to Cindy by: nobody -- the misleading cover made it sound interesting
What's most impressive about this book is how many of my pet peeves it manages to combine in one place. The despicable "romantic" hero who has slept with every woman in town but says it will be different with this girl because now it's not just about sex, the obnoxious "plucky" heroine who anachronistically wants to have a career before starting a family, the incredibly annoying first-person, present-tense narration with shifting narrators, the pseudo-profound imagery that immature writers erron ...more
Lady Knight
Wow! I expected so much more out of this one! While I still do think that the cover art is absolutely gorgeous, the text inside is rather pitiable. While I respect the attempt, using quasi-Shakespearian language half the time mixed in with more modern sounding dialogue was a lost cause. It came off as ridiculously funny, which I rather fancy was unintended ("'Tis not thou...'tis I" (pg. 20) -- laughable, yes?). Too, in my opinion, one should either stick closely to Shakespeare's story or be very ...more
Cathleen
"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." We all know the tragic story of the young, star-crossed lovers. But what of Rosaline? What is her story? What role did she play in this famous drama? Never actually seen in Shakespeare’s play, she is nonetheless extremely important. For if not for Romeo’s crush on her, he would never have crashed the Capulet masquerade ball in the first place.

If true beauty comes from within, then Rosaline is truly a beautiful person. She is
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Brittany Constable
The more I mull this one over, the more I dislike it.

Any sort of literary pastiche is, in essence, fanfic. It goes back to Dante and beyond, no shame in that. Some great work has come from reworking the stories of others. But Romeo's Ex is less "Baker Street Irregulars" and more "message board that's probably going to give you spyware."

The premise certainly had potential, but Rosaline just ends up being Juliet But Better: older, prettier, wiser, braver. She's a Capulet too, but all three Montagu
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April
We never actually see or hear from Rosaline in Shakespeare's play, but she's still an important character; without her, none of the other action would have occurred.

This book imagines the story from Rosaline's perspective, how she reacted to Romeo's declarations of love, how she felt about the Capulet-Montague feud, how she helped the young lovers.

The language is that of the 16th century (though not in verse), so it could prove troublesome for less dedicated readers. I liked running into lines f
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Diana
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Cathrine Bonham
I thought that it was interesting the way the author worked in more plays by adding Characters from both "Twelvth night" and "The Taming of the Shrew." Though it is true that Patruchio is indeed from Veronia anyway and so was not hard to work in.

But I did not like the lack of Continuity. Juliet's sleeping potion is the same one from Fiedler's earlier book "Dating Hamlet." But in that book the potiion needed a waking potion to counteract it; instead in this book Juliet merely awakens on her own.
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Anne
My sister's choice, but I thought it looked intriguing (ignore the somewhat lame title). It was well written overall and makes good use of both Shakespearean language/humor (does get edgy) and the Romeo and Juliet story. My main criticism is that it gets chaotic (especially as the Romeo and Juliet story hits its dramatic point), switching between perspectives and changing directions a little too often, and sometimes the characters are a bit inconsistent (although I do like the way she extrapolat ...more
Sevita
For those of you who despise spinoffs, don't worry. I totally understand your sentiments, but this story is different. There's something about the way it's written that grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The author puts a twist on the original ending of the story, and it really gets the reader thinking. I like how the story is told, not from the lovestruck fools' point of view, but from the point of view of Rosaline - the sensible young woman mentioned in the beginning of the traditional S ...more
Linden
Jan 03, 2015 Linden rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High school and up

The story is familiar: Verona, Italy. 1595. Spring is turning to summer. Romeo is sixteen, Juliet, just thirteen. But this time we hear their story from Roseline, the sixteen-year-old beauty who became Romeo's first infatuation.

It begins when a young nobleman brings a wounded friend to a healer's cottage. The healer is away but her student, Roseline, is able to help. When about to leave, the nobleman asks her name, then gives her his: Romeo of the House of Montague. But she already know that. Sh
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Essie
I love Shakespeare re-tellings. I love it when a tale gets re-vamped and a second chance. "Romeo's Ex" was excellently written, with a lovely twist on Shakespearean verse turned into prose and appropriate use of actual Shakespeare quotes in the text. It isn't easy to write like Shakespeare, so mad props there.

As for content, I love the idea of adding to Rosaline's story. She did seem to get something of a short straw in "Romeo and Juliet." She's mentioned a few times, never actually appears in t
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Laurel
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Rebecca
This is a fairly straight re-telling of the Romeo and Juliet story from the perspective of Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, Romeo's first love. Rosaline has no interest in Romeo, and in fact no interest in love, as she wants to become a healer. As the story unfolds, Rosaline gets entangled with Mercutio and Benvolio (her forced confusion between the two seems to make little sense, plotwise, as it doesn't go very far), as well as her cousin's tragic tale.

This book blew hot and cold for me, though
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Selena
The writing was excellent. I especially liked when Rosaline was telling the story.

The problem was, rather than being Rosaline's story, it ended up being overshadowed quite often with Romeo and Juliet's. The changes in point of view didn't help, certainly not when Romeo or Tybalt were involved. Except for Romeo early on, which was about Rosaline, the rest was all about Juliet. Tybalt's ghost followed Juliet around, not Rosaline. I actually have some issue with Tybalt's ghost's point of view...

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Lily
* Hardcover: 256 pages
* Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 19, 2006)
* ISBN-10: 0805075003
* Author: Lisa Fiedler
* Cover art: Love the cover art.
* Overall rating * out of 5 stars
* Obtained: My personal book shelf


Romeo's Ex by Lisa Fiedler
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Rosaline won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she meets Benvolio. Where Romeo's words had been hollow and unfounded, Benvolio's are filled wit
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Lesley
One of the better "reimaginings-of-Shakespeare-from-the-viewpoint-of-a-marginalized-female-character" genre. I always wondered what happened to Rosaline. She was clearly smarter than Romeo, ("O, she well knew thy love did read by rote, that could not spell".) I had this fantasy that while R&J were embracing the "love-devouring death" thang, Rosaline was secretly reconnoitering with Benvolio. Think about it: they are the only clear-eyed, level headed rationalists in a play full of melodrama q ...more
Aly
A kiss unkissed, and sorely missed.

To the moss we topple backward, falling gently, head o'er heels.
Mayhap to land so safely on such softness is the way love truly feels.


And now the sky accepts me; earth recedes, I meet the sun.
Dying becomes death at last, and I am done.


I wish I read this book after reading Romeo and Juliet in class last year. But then again, I wouldn't have recognized the other Shakespearean characters Fiedler wove into the story. I loved Rosaline and Benvolio and how their
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Liz
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Phoenix
Jan 02, 2014 Phoenix marked it as finished-stand-alone
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H.orses
This book was amazingly interesting to read. No, Shakespeare didn't write this one, but Lisa does an amazing job making it seem as though he had. Maybe this had been what was in the back of his mind when he had written Romeo and Juliet. It goes behind the scenes of the actual stories lines and makes everything seem just a bit more reasonable. Although most of the story is told in Rosaline's point of view it does shift sometimes and makes it very fun to read. In my opinion this was better then th ...more
Joel Tone
Romeo’s Ex by Lisa Fiedler tells the story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosalind, the young lady Romeo is in love with at the beginning of Shakespeare’s play. I really enjoyed it.

If you’ve ever read or seen Romeo and Juliet, you know what the storyline of this book is. In this retelling, Rosalind is a fairly sensible, slightly older cousin of Juliet’s. Her story weaves around the plot of Romeo and Juliet, looking at things from a different angle but not changing the plot.

There are
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Britt
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Sarah
Let me first start by saying I don't like Romeo and Juliet. The language may be beautifully poetic, but the story is just too damn nauseating. I do happen to love retellings of classic stories. So when I saw this on sale for one dollar, I said why not? Oh, I'll tell you why not... Where do I even begin? The writing is amateur, there is a complete lack of character development, and the plot was just... Dull. Not to mention ridiculous. But I do give the author props on doing the near impossible. S ...more
Kate
I read this book in about an hour- a narrative that focuses on Benvolio and Rosaline rather than the titular characters from Shakespeare's work.
I enjoyed the "Old English" style of writing that was blended with quotes from the original, although it's understandable if others find it annoying. All in all, a cute story.
Katie Fontes
Romeo's Ex is a fun book, although not a particularly good book. I first read it in ninth grade after reading Romeo and Juliet for the first time. I thought it was clever and liked the creativity of the concept. Having reread it six years later, I find it to be a bit silly. The writing style was forced and wavered throughout the novel. The plot had a lot of cliches and nonsense strewn in. Plus from what would be Act III onward, the book is practically unreadable from a plot standpoint. Despite t ...more
Britney De Graff
I thought the use of her words was very smart and that she was able to create a great story without butchering Shakespeare's version. It was good.
Kiki
Reading the 1 star ratings on this book is hilarious because you know what they're right! I read this book as a freshman in high school so I was fully content with this story-I mean its Rosaline turning Romeo down for his one liners and slapping the hell out of Juliet exclaiming what the hell is wrong with you! Plus I loved all the cameos of characters from other Shakespeare plays I really did. So this isn't Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, don't expect verse or historical accuracy, its simply a ...more
Rosalyn
I thought the concept for this book was clever--the story of Romeo and Juliet as told through Rosaline (here, Juliet's cousin). However, the narrative voice seemed pretty uneven to me and I thought some of the plot elements were just plain silly. To be fair, however, when I think about the plot of Romeo and Juliet I feel similarly--but at least that has the saving grace of some pretty spectacular language. I guess I could recommend this as a light and sometimes amusing read, but there's definite ...more
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