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Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
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Mar 02, 11

bookshelves: drama, girl-books, multicultural, romance, ya
Read in March, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I will start by saying I've read too many "Romeo and Juliet" retellings in a row so my review may be a little biased. Draper takes the Romeo and Juliet story and changes it just slightly. It's the local gang (and Julio's father) that hate the relationship and try to break it up. But love triumphs over all. To me, Romiette was a bit of a goody-goody flat character; I didn't really see any flaws. I was much more interested in her friend Destiny. On the other hand, Julio was a bit more fleshed out, but I still didn't really know him outside of his relationship with Romiette (again being more interested in the best friend, Ben). A basic romance story with minimum conflict ... no teen angst, no misunderstandings, but lovely passionate words (mostly on Julio's part).
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