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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  21,904 Ratings  ·  3,527 Reviews
Of all the great love stories ever told, hers is perhaps the most famous. To me, she is the key to my family's fate. To you, she is Juliet.

When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time. However, as she uncovers
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Published August 24th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Satvika I'm agree with you,it's so hard to follow at first i almost give up,read the first chapter and abandon this book for 2 years later hahaha..but i hate…moreI'm agree with you,it's so hard to follow at first i almost give up,read the first chapter and abandon this book for 2 years later hahaha..but i hate leaving book unfinished,i try to keep on and i'll never regret it..maybe you should try to keep on's a wonderful story(less)
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Anne Fortier
Feb 24, 2012 Anne Fortier rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Is it wrong to list my own book here? Probably. But seriously, I love this story, and I can't tell you how hard it was for me to sign off on the manuscript and -- after three years of writing and editing -- move out of the lush, mysterious world of Siena ... Would I love to write a sequel? You bet I would! And maybe, God willing, one day I will.
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“Everything we say is a story. But nothing we say is just a story.”

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Well, yeah. That sums it up pretty precisely. Juliet begins with the MC Julie mourning the death of the aunt who raised her and the shocking discovery that said aunt left her estate to Julie’s twin. The only thing left to Julie? A key to a safety deposit
Sep 17, 2010 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, romantics
I'm in love with this book. That's not an understatement, I would probably have picked it straight up and read it again but, I'm so behind schedule that it wasn't an option (although I might have to stick a post-it on the front to remind myself in future ;))

I've always been the stereotypical woman who has swooned appropriately at Romeo & Juliet so I picked this book up thinking it would be a fun modern re-write that I could forget about soon after. Turns out though that this was so much more
Feb 03, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I saw great reviews about this book in several places, including at least two magazines. So I gave it a go. But now I'm left with the confusion that comes when you don't like something that everyone else seems to love.

The story follows the modern-day ancestors of the real-life Romeo and Juliet, who believe themselves to be victims of a curse that has plagued the families for 600 years, ever since Romeo and Juliet were not allowed to be together. The book provides some insight into the historical
Jul 07, 2011 kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
So, where to begin?
The first page is wonderfully crafted; the first page. I thought, wow, this is going to be really wonderful. And I still love that first page, but the other 446 pages not so much. I wanted to love all of it, I really did. O, I am fortune’s fool to have believed in you, first page!
There are two main stories running throughout the book. The modern day one is about the search for a priceless treasure which will possibly lift the curse on the two houses, Shakespeare’s Capulets and
Sep 22, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bleh... Really predictable Juliet reincarnation (genealogically speaking) story. Think 'Letters for Juliet' movie mixed with 'The DeVinci Code' and you get the picture.

It started out strong with an interesting and sympathetic heroine. But once the hero was introduced the dialogue got really, really corny. Like roll-my-eyes corny. And the heroine was TSTL in one of my pet peeve ways. She'd miss tons of tons of really obvious clues, and then think to herself, "wow, I feel stupid. It would have bee
Aug 28, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
1.5 stars. This book has garnered a lot of hype. Many have called it a woman's DaVinci Code. I can somewhat buy the comparison but only a little bit. First of all, in DaVinci Code, the "exposed secrets" are much further reaching than the "true story" behind Romeo and Juliet. Many complained about the terrible writing in DaVinci Code but, to be honest, the story was intriguing enough that I didn't notice it too much. Such is not the case with "Juliet." First of all, the author uses "had" before e ...more
Maria Bikaki
Εξαιρετικό!!! Η γυναικεία θα έλεγε κανείς απάντηση στον κώδικα Ντα Βιντσι του Νταν Μπράουν βέβαια με μια πιο ρομαντική και νοσταλγική ματιά και διάθεση. Ένα μαγικό ταξίδι ανάμεσα στο παρελθόν και το παρόν, ένα ταξίδι στη μεσαιωνική Σιένα του 1340 και στη νοσταλγική Σιένα του σήμερα. Μια διαφορετική εκδοχή μαλλον ένα retelling της ιστορίας των δύο πιο γνωστών εραστών της παγκόσμιας λογοτεχνίας. Κρυμμένα μυστικά, ενας θησαυρός, μια κατάρα από το παρελθόν που μπορεί να υπάρχει ακόμα και σήμερα και ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: over-rated
Skimming through the comments of other GoodReads reviewers, I am definitely voicing a minority opinion when I fail to wax enthusiastic about this "cute" book. And, I think that is my criticism of Fortier's re-telling of Shakespeare's story---she just strived too hard to make it readable and clever. And, she ended up with cute. What a shame.

I hoped this would be an academic quest similar to A.S. Byatt's Posession, and Fortier's concept for the novel could have led to a much more interesting and s
This book started out with a good hook; the sad-sack Julie is viciously cut out of her dead Aunt’s will and her sister gets everything. But Julie gets a key to a safety deposit box in Siena that will be—in a completely obvious literal and metaphorical sense—the key to her past.

I was with Fortier at this point. I couldn’t really get a handle on Julie yet as a character but there were still about 400 pages to go so I thought the book would get there. That’s where the problems for me started. It s
Aug 20, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, grown-up-book
I'm so happy to be finished with this book - it feels like I've been reading it forever! Unfortunately, my stash of books didn't last the whole vacation so I was forced to pick this one up for the lengthy flight from Los Angeles to Columbus.

I always test books I buy by reading the first page and this book had the most outstanding first page out of all my options. I breezed through the first part of the book and then it dragged.

I tried reading one chapter a night. Now, two weeks later, I finally
Shawn Rooney
May 27, 2011 Shawn Rooney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the flower on the cover fool you. This is a book that superficially will appeal to women (Romeo and Juliet, forebidden love, etc.), but I believe will be enoyed by anyone who liked The Divinci Code and has at least a passing interest in Shakespeare. I thought that Fortier did a masterful job at weaving a most intriguing story through over six hundred years of Italian history and folklore. A very entertaining, fast paced book; and I would recommend it to anyone.
Kitabı yarım bıraktım ama kötü olduğundan değil tabii. Rome ve Juliet'i tahminimizden daha farklı ele alıyor ve değişik kurgusuyla okuyucuyu merakta bırakıyor fakat Romeo karakterini genel olarak sevmediğimden her sayfada kitaptan soğudum.
Rome ve Juliet'in aşkını sevenler, severek ve merakla okuyacaktır.
Beliz Erdal
Jul 12, 2016 Beliz Erdal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çok güzeldi, o kadar güzeldi ki güzelliği kalbimi kırdı.. Romeo ve Juliet'e neden bu kadar hayran olduğumu neden binlerce çevirisini okuduğumu bir kez daha hatırladım... Muhteşemdi <3
Ana // TheBooktarian
*2.5 stars

So many cliches and things I didn't enjoyed... I'm disappointed!
My goodreads challenge is making me feel guilty about all my unfinished books (how will I ever reach 100 books this year if I keep giving up on what I'm reading?); yet I've decided that it really doesn't pay to listen to an audiobook if turning it on is increasingly serving as a cue to space out with my own slightly less predictable thoughts. Because I just. Can't. Listen. To this any more.

The rose on the cover of this book should have served as a cue that it wasn't for me, but it was available
Serhat Kacan
May 24, 2016 Serhat Kacan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Romeo ve Juliet için mutlu bir son olmayacaktı. Onların aşk hikayesini trajediye çeviren sadece edebi akrobasi değil, katı gerçeklerdi. Eskiden hikayelerinin, beraber gün batımına doğru ilerleyerek biteceğine ve çifte intihar sahnesinin sadece tuhaf bir örtbas olduğuna dair küçük bir umudum varsa
da artık bu umut dünya barışı, beyaz midilliler ve borcumun tamamen silinmesiyle beraber dilek listemdeki bir maddeden fazlası değildi. (sayfa 291)

Kitabın kapağına ve arka kapak yazısına baktığım ilk a

What's not to love? It has everything! It is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, so rich in history, and laced with mystery and action in every page, that it becomes reminiscent of The DaVinci Code!

This was a difficult book to put down and not devour in one sitting. I struggled to slow my pace and savor each line and page from the very start.

Anne Fortier did a remarkable job in crafting this amazing book! One could tell how much research was done to capture t
I really wonder at the person in our bookclub who chose this book. And I wonder even more at all those readers on GR who gave it more than 2--more than 3!--stars. Just goes to show: mediocrity is alive and well.

I try to be fair when I review and give stars for every book based on its context. I would not, therefore, rate this silly book badly simply because it's not a Jane Austen or Ernest Hemingway one!

Even so, I struggled from the first page, had to fight not to skip the historical chapters, w
Berfin Basak
"Karanlık ölüm değil, potansiyeldi. Lütuf saatinde tekrar doğacak ve şimdiye kadar asla hayal edemediğim bir hayata uyanacaktım."
Romeo ve Juliet'in bu versiyonunu sevdim. Kitap benim için ilk 150 sayfadan sonra açıldı. Merak uyandıran bir olay örgüsü var. Bunun yanında yazar önemli bilgilerin çoğunu aceleyle anlatmış. Romeo ve Juliet'e yakışan bir dram yaratsa atmosfer daha iyi olabilirmiş. 555 sayfa az değil fakat çoğu eskiden yaşananları çözmekle geçiyor. Bu sahneler daraltılıp, günümüzde y
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I really enjoyed this book. Swept me up into star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet's life and made it very real to me.
 Eden Creed
I think I was 13-years-old when I finally read Romeo and Juliet. I had an awful English teacher, we were all forced to pair up to read the play aloud, every class a new Romeo and Juliet were selected for the roles, and for some reason the woman had the insufferable need to make Romeo and Juliet kiss on every necessary scene.

I’m pretty sure that should’ve been taken up with the principle by someone.

Inappropriate teacher aside, I never liked the story. I found it overly dramatic and, in the end, c
Aug 09, 2016 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
İki güçlü ve düşman aile maddi çıkarları için barış anlaşması yapmaya karar verir. Ve bu barış anlaşması günahsız insanların felaketine yol açar. Çünkü gücü eline geçirmiş bir kötülük var ise sonucu savaş da olsa barış da, kaybeden hep masumlar olur.

Bu hikayenin kaybedenleri de Romeo ve Juliet'tir.

Ve yüzyıllar sonra hayata gözlerini açmış akrabaları da aynı laneti paylaşacaktır. Tek fark, günümüz Juliet'inin hem kadere hem de Shakespeare'e karşı koymaya çalışmasıdır.

Kitabı çok beğendim, bazı yer
Dec 30, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No soy amante de este género literario, pero esta historia me ha enganchado.La forma de la autora de mezclar ficción con realidad histórica, aprueba con nota, dando lugar a un relato muy bien narrado y perfilado. Puro entretenimiento.

Pe...Pe... Pero ¡¿QUÉ ACABO DE LEER?! Dios, no puedo, no sé por donde empezar.

Leí Romeo y Julieta hace un montón de años, me lo mandaron leer para el instituto y recuerdo haberlo devorado, me lo llevaba a todas partes para continuar leyendo. Pero admito que no me acuerdo mucho, sólo cosas puntuales y, eso junto que el libro que tengo es una edición adaptada para que lo entendiéramos mejor, pues... El caso es que recuerdo que me gustó.

Esperaba que Juliet me gustase, ¡¿pero esto?! No me lo imagi
Sep 15, 2011 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*mild spoiler alert* Romeo and Juliette meets DaVinci Code. Good story with WAY too much going on. There are actually 2 stories being told here; the ancient version from which Shakespeare based his play, and a modern day version where they try to right the wrongs of their ancestors. I actually liked the way she rewrote the events of the original Romeo and Juliette. The details make a lot more sense than Shakespeare's version. (Am I the only one who finds his Romeo completely whiny and annoying?) ...more
Brilliant book!! Its nothing like what i was expecting. It has this old Shakespearean feel to it,and there's mystery,secrets,old stories come to life,romance,laughter and lots lots lots of surprises. It truly enchanted me :D

Julie is such a great character,i could relate to her. I loved Alesandro and her sister and Umberto and just every single character had his own wonderful side. <3

This book traveled me to Italy..and since i've been to Siena i can verify for its magic. The scenery and the s
Aug 06, 2011 Parvathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers, mystery lovers,consipiracy enthusiasts
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I have always maintained the idea that Romeo and Juliet one of Shakespeare's immortalized tragedies were immortalized solely due to the fact the it is a tragedy. If Romeo and Juliet had a happy ending things would have been different and this immortalized classic would have joined the ranks of many "Happily ever after" stories and long forgotten. Don't get me wrong, "Happily ever after" stories are my favorite kind. There is something about those three lines at the end of the story that makes yo ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Ne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dois romances interligados, que têm tanto de lírico como de moderno, e que nos encantam e nos levam a viajar por tempos e lugares que só visitamos em sonhos.
Anne Fortier entrançou inúmeros fios de informação e excertos da história romântica e eterna de Romeu e Julieta. Quem já ouviu falar nas suas mortes trágicas, no seu amor e na sua paixão, e se apaixonou por essa pureza de sentimentos vai-se apaixonar novamente e até meter em causa algumas palavras de William Shakespeare.
Este foi o livro com
I admit, I’m kind of waffling between 3 and 4 stars with this one. I thought I would love this book, and at the story’s beginning, I did. I was really pulled in by the mystery – why did great-aunt Rose leave Julie only a key to a safe deposit box in Italy, while leaving Julie’s twin Janice everything else? Why did she keep their identities a secret and only divulge their real names and circumstances of their early life in Siena, Italy upon her death?

The further I read, the less compelled I becam
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Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark, but immigrated to the United States in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2005). Her first novel in English, JULIET (2010), was published in over 30 countries and became a New York Times bestseller. Her next book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD (2014), will be out in ...more
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