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"Romeo + Juliet gets an update in this story of forbidden love. Shakespeare's never been so hip." -- Jenny B. Jones, author of The Charmed Life Series


As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She's bored with school and life...until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.


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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 10th 2010)
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Nic
Rating 3.5-4 stars


"Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn." - William Shakespeare

Caleb + Kate is quick and light retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It is a beautifully written novel all about true love. Not only is the cover gorgeous but at the beginning of each chapter is a different quote from Shakespeare making it one of the most beautiful books I ever seen.

This book has dual narration and I enjoyed getting both points of views. Caleb and Ka
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Michelle
If there was a ten star rating system for Young Adult romances I'd give this book twelve stars. It's the best YA romance I've ever read. Seriously. My heart was actually pounding for the last half of the book. Yes, it really was. I adored Caleb. He was a great guy, and I loved that he was not what everyone assumed when they first met him. The same with Kate. She wasn't a rich snob like he'd expected. I was thrilled that he couldn't hate her even though he had tried. They were so different.

Havin
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Kita
Jan 17, 2012 Kita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry but whomever described this god-forsaken book as a 'quick, light Romeo+Juliet retelling' needs to go read it again. Paying special attention to that 70% of the book which is bogged down in meaningless, repetitive internal-dialogue. Let's go through the bad points of this book shall we?

The Characters \
Everyone from trying-hard-to-be-a-modern-Romeo Caleb to the Gossip-girls-in-the-sweet-valley-of-the-travelling-pants minor female characters, reeked of daytime-soapie fakeness. None of t
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Isamlq
Jul 26, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Keeping it short again...

I have mixed feelings about Caleb+Kate. Picture this a family feud, on one side is a family that's well-off, and on the other one is one that does not seem as wealthy. From the first is the girl, and from the second, the boy. Where the girl is bored and lacks passion, the boy is loyal and passionate and fiery. By some twist, they meet. Initially, they rub each other the wrong way, but after some exposure, they realize (after a month!) that they might be falling for each
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Jacqueline
Caleb and Kate is a really cute novel. Kate is the popular girl of the school and when the new scholarship boy turns out to be working at her family's hotel and there is actual history between their families, things get interesting. I really loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They were all from various Shakespeare plays and they were really well picked.
It was really easy to get into this book and it had such a cute cover too! I also like the varying narrators. Kate, then Caleb.
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Kari
Jun 13, 2010 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In a simple form, Caleb + Kate is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet but the “house divided” aspect manifests in a different form. Two separate families from different backgrounds and cultures, holding a common link in the past but now in battle make up the most basic premise for this book. Built on top of that is a relationship formed out of teenage emotion and one sparked on despite each party’s original intent to ignore the other.

Kate is a rich heiress, the daughter of a man who owns a large c
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Kate Monrovi has the quintessential perfect life. Her family is loaded, she’s got the money to buy whatever she wants, whenever she wants, and she goes to one of the most elite private schools the West Coast of America has to offer. She could be anything she wants, go to any college in the country, do whatever she wants with her life, but as we learn more about Kate, we realize that Kate has absolutely no idea what she wants from life. Money, it seems, can buy a lot of stuff, but it can’t buy Ka ...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Caleb + Kate is a sweet love story, told in alternating chapters from the viewpoint of Kate and Caleb. Kate may be very wealthy but she is not spoiled. When she does something wrong, she willingly takes the punishment and she cares about the welfare of others. Still, Kate has some lessons to learn about life and her friendship with Caleb helps her to grow and see things in a different way. After the death of his mom, Caleb's father and younger sister moved to Oregon but Caleb stayed behind in Ha ...more
Amy
Dec 24, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shxrxn
May 18, 2012 Shxrxn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The course of true love never did run smooth.
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE The Tempest (Act 1, Scene 1)
Love is like death’s cold grip crushing the beats from an innocent heart.
- Elaine
Once upon a time, I believed in love, I believed in the entire happily-ever-after dream.
- Kate
Rules were made to be broken.
- Maggie
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Measure for Measure (Act 1, Scene 4)
Revenge is more fun than love.
- Monica
When a
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Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

It's a Romeo and Juliet re-telling with a different twist. One that goes deeper and more complicated. It's about family, faith, love and the sacrifices we need to do in order for us to be happy.

Kate thought she had it all. She's rich, she attends a prestigious school and have two of the best friends anyone can have. She thought she wouldn't ever be in love. Not in the foreseeable future anyway. But that was until she meets Caleb, the son of the maintenance guy,
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Lauren
I was browsing through the YA section of the library when I found Caleb + Kate. I love discovering a great new book and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a modern (loose) retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and very sweet.

I liked that the author incorporated texting and social media into the book, because it very realistically depicted teens these days and I don’t think enough YA authors incorporate it to the extent that they should.

Kate and Caleb’s relationship does develop very quickly, as many
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Katrina Burchett
Kate Monrovi's family owns a chain of hotels, so this young lady drives a Lexus and she can afford a $500 pair of shoes. Caleb Kalani and his father don't have much as far as material things but they are hard workers with integrity. Kate is white, Caleb is Hawaiian. A relationship between these two young people begins with a dare but some family members don't want them to be together. It isn't a racial issue -not totally. Their families have been against each other for more than fifty years for ...more
Princess Bookie
May 04, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: How can I describe this one? Well, first off, we are introduced to Kate. Kate comes off as a snobby rich girl to some people, but really she isn't. She's actually kind. We are also introduced to Caleb who isn't as wealthy as Kate's family and is transferring from Hawaii to her school. Their is a long held rivalry between their families and are persuaded not to become friends. Of course what happens? They fall in love! This story switches back and forth between each point of view (lo ...more
Victoria Burke
May 29, 2010 Victoria Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Opinion: I fell in love with the characters almost immediately. However, I didn't really like Kate's best friend Monica but she wasn't that much part of the story. The characters are a lot different then what I was expecting and I was expecting a story more traditional to the Romeo and Juliet story. It was a lot like it but of course with a happy ending. I didn't like Kate's sister in the story either. (She was the pregnant one in my teaser Tuesday post). I loved how it was mainly the grandfa ...more
Kami
Aug 21, 2016 Kami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book- disappointing.

While the characters were okay and likable, there was just so much left out. When I finished the book, I was expecting maybe a sequel would be in the works but I don't see that is true. Unfortunately, that leaves A LOT of blanks in this story.

The feud is never fully explained- we know there was a woman involved and a grant of land with a sacred blessing but nothing beyond those basic facts- the financial difficulties of Kate's parents never resolved, there is me
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Debs
Feb 14, 2013 Debs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really boring book. I didn't like the main characters, they're not strong enough.

Also, this is not a Christian book. At least not for me. I really don't like when people assume a book is a Christian book just because it involves a church somehow.

But anyways, the book was not good... :(
Jessica Journey
I wanted to like this book, but honestly its biggest shortcoming to me was- nothing much happened. I found it quite boring, and didn't like Caleb and Kate's tones. They didn't sound believable.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I'm not impressed with Caleb+Kate. Once again my high expectations messed everything up. I was a sweet book but I wasn't emotionally invested in the story and characters.
Kaitlynne
A much happier ending than the one in Romeo + Juliet ;)

Is it bad that I fell in love with Oliver a little bit more than I fell in love with Caleb?
Meghan
Nov 14, 2016 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good things about this young adult novel: No sex. Teenagers go to church and talk about God and becoming better people. Kudos to the author for including God.

Not-so-good things about this novel: I really really abhor reading a book with a made-up conflict. Kate goes all out of character and becomes this unreasonable melodramatic person for no verifiable reason I can see. Sure her boyfriend is moving back to Hawaii for the foreseeable future, but most teenagers have the ability to understand his
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Debbie
Apr 29, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance, christian
"Caleb + Kate" is a young adult romance novel. Though Caleb had a point-of-view role and was portrayed well, this novel will appeal most to female teens. The story switched between Kate and Caleb's point-of-view with both sections clearly marked and written in first person present tense ("I stand" instead of "she stood"). Though I noticed it, the present tense read smoothly and didn't bother me.

On the actual printed cover, Caleb's skin is darker than it looks in the above cover picture. This is
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
This love for her consumes my brain like a fire and pounds through every cell in my being...

Kate Monrovi has the perfect little life everyone is rooting for. Her family has the money to buy whatever she wants and she goes to one of the most elite private school on their state. With her family's status, she could do whatever she wants for her life, but as the story progress we learn more about her and realize that she absolutely have no idea what she really wanted for her life. She is not the typ
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papalbina
I have given the book 4 stars, but it should be 3 and a half. I just rounded up.

I was a bit annoyed when I discovered after receiving the book that it was Christian fiction, whatever that is. However I was surprised that the Christian part of the book is quite modest and flows in the book harmoniously (although the references to sex sounded a bit forced, but that could be my perception).

What I didn't like in the book was the first-person narrative, especially the lack of description, except ne
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Anna
I never thought I could read this one, but then, I got lucky enough to purchase this book at a bargain bookstore. Awesome! I was actually having a hard time to rate this book whether giving this a 4 or a 5 but then decided on a 4.5, not bad.

I actually thought this is all too cliche for me. That Caleb is your average bad boy with the I-hate-you-from-the-start-and-that-our-family-is-up-against-each-other towards Kate, and that Kate is all spoiled-brat type of girl that could have her way because
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Jan Bethel
So I finally read this book! :) My thoughts? Well, three stars.

I did not really LOVED it. But I did not HATED it either. I can't say that it bored, but also I can't say that I enjoyed it so much. So I guess I'm in the middle.

This is the modern Romeo and Juliet. Just minus all the swords and fights and of course the tragic ending. It's Romeo and Juliet in the sense that Kate and Caleb's family has a hate or feud going on that runs decades back to their grandfathers who actually used to be friends
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Amber Skye
Jul 11, 2010 Amber Skye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, 5-stars
Beautiful. That is the one word I would use to describe this romantic and heart-wrenching story. I loved everything about Caleb + Kate. The spellbinding story had me captivated from the first page. I started the book before I went to bed one night and I was finished with it by the next afternoon. I spent every spare second I could devouring the story.

Christianity is a major part of the novel. It's an underlying theme throughout the story, and it helps to define the characters as they get to know
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Jodi Davis
A modern day Romeo and Juliet story, Kate is the heir to the Monrovi hotel chain. She meets Caleb at her school and falls for him right away. Their families have a history based on the land the first Monrovi hotel was built on, which causes issues in their lives. The families tell them to stay away from one another, but love cannot be stopped.

I was horribly disappointed in this book. I was expecting much much more from it than what I got. Kate and Caleb were both rather drab characters. I like i
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Annabel Parado
Ahhh!!! Love, love, love!
I don’t know if anybody ended hating the word love after reading this one.
I first, I really thought this story was written to a modern Romeo and Juliet add to the fact the there is the Shakespeare quote’s in every chapter. Caleb and Kate being in the middle of decades old family feud; visualizing the story that both their parties will condemned the two being together. Yes, we may have the that particular scene in this book, Kate and Caleb parents and grandfather both me
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Jen
Feb 21, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was read for a book of the month club -
It's more of a PG version of Perfect Chemestry - which I liked - but this time he wasn't in a Gang - Caleb is Hawaiian and a good studen/example - just comes from a family that has years of hatrid between them - so it's a story of forbidden love from the family - a Romeo and Juliet story -
It was told in sections from Kates POV then Calebs POV so you got both sides of their true love (same as perfect chemestry)
Both are Christians who have strong
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“My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive.” 61 likes
“I might be falling in love with you," I whisper, finding it hard to focus on his face.
"Kate," he says, almost sadly.
"what? You might be falling in love with me too?" My voice is hopeful, pathetically hopeful.
He shakes his head.
"You aren't falling in love with me?"
He doesn't respond. I touch his face carefully with the tips of my fingers. His skin is incredibly soft above the line of hard jawbone. I touch his silky black hair. His eyes close and i want to kiss his eyes, but I'm afraid. Afraid of all this. This could destroy me.
He opens his eyes. "Kate, I'm already in love with you.”
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