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The Juliet Spell

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  743 ratings  ·  166 reviews
I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I tho
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
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kwesi 章英狮
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it

I only participated one play in my whole life, I mean bigger play, and that was Romeo and Juliet. This overrated masterpiece of the greatest poet and a playwright, William Shakespeare. I'm not a fan of him and never enjoyed long plays especially written by him but I'm enjoying watching kids, teens and actors playing roles of his own imagination. I know he was good but I just can't pass through from pages of his dialogues in old English. Please Shakespeare, give me a break for awhile.

But w
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok

Not a retelling (thank gosh!) Cute? Right now though two things are clear: it was sometimes improbable but mostly sweet.

That it involved magic spells was not what rang unlikely to me. That it involved a time travelling English man boy was not a big deal either. I came into Juliet Spell knowing these two things. Rather, it was the characters reactions that confounded me. Everyone was so OK with how things unfolded. On a side note, I found the weeping that took place quite novel if a little
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was kind of hesitant in reading this book because of the last book I read about Romeo and Juliet. They were trying to kill each other which was a little disturbing, unque but disturbing. I actually had to put that book down. It was a bit dragging so I had to pause on that book.

Miranda auditioned for a play.
Guess what the play was?
It was Romeo and Juliet. Obviously, she wanted to play Juliet.
Miri didn’t get the part but that didn’t stop her.
She wanted it so bad she even went as far as castin
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, netgalley, harlequin
I didn't like The Juliet Spell.



The Juliet Spell could’ve been good. Sadly, after a funny and enjoyable start, the cracks started to appear. Douglas Rees lost his grip on me when Edmund acted out like a modern-day, hormone-driven teenage boy instead of a gentleman from Elizabethan times. I was annoyed with Miranda over her falling in love with Edmund a day after she ‘magicked’ him into her present time. C’mon, man. That fast?!!

Miranda, who desperately wanted to be Juliet in her sch
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It started out very funny..but when Miranda met Edmund, the combo of them was sooo darn hilarious and I just can't stop laughing,( my sister thought I went nuts!) The story was real good..the flow and pace went just right. Every character had their own uniqueness and well...character. They owned theirselves. The descriptions were well detailed and it was like I was succumbed and swallowed into the book. The prose was also good. The story. The plot. Everything was great. I felt every emotion Mira ...more
Victoria Scott
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and original story. I love when an author weaves historical elements into a YA story without making it overly stuffy. The voice in this book jumps off the page, and not to get too technical, but I LOVED the writer's sentence structure. Three chapters into reading TJS, I actually emailed Rees to ask for tips on how to "make every word count" like he does so well. For a great story, and a good way to improve your craft, pick up a copy of THE JULIET SPELL. You won't be disappointed!
Fun, spunky and so cute! Any fan of Shakespeare, a touch of magic and friendship should get a kick out of this spin.
Very sweet!
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All Miranda wanted was to be cast as Juliet. So after tryouts, just to be sure that she would get the part in the famous Romeo and Juliet play, she did a little spell. The spell was supposed to be a harmless. It was supposed to get Miri the role of Juliet. It was not supposed bring William Shakespeare's younger brother Edmund back from the past! But it did. Now Edmund is stuck in a future with weird contraptions like the car, TV, and ce
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

When I first started The Juliet Spell, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was glad to realize that my fondness of theater-themed books increased with this debut. The main character, Miranda or Miri, was a dedicated theater girl. She was full of hope, dreams and unbridled desire to be Juliet in the upcoming play of her school. Now, I’ve encountered a lot of characters who wanted to be Juliet. But Miri was different. Miri had a purpose to be Juliet and the r
Lyn  Ching
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?

Is Perhaps the most famous line from William Shakespeare’s Tragedy, ROMEO & JULIET. The play itself is one that everyone seems to know most. Well, the story is given a new spin here in the Juliet Spell.

Miranda Hoberman is desperate to play Juliet in their town’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. So one night she casts a witch’s spell for fame and
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Douglass Reese that author that romps among the genres turns his hand to a contemporary Shakespearean tale.
Miranda and her mother are actresses. To keep body and soul together now that Dad, a Jungian, Freudian, dream interpreting psychoanalyst has left in his battered Toyota “to find himself”, Mom is working double shifts at the hospital.

A community theater loosely attached to the high school is producing Romeo and Juliet. Miranda wants above all to perform Juliet in homage to her mother. To th
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is another example of a book that I was totally into and loving...and then they went and ruined the ending. Actually, in this case, they ruined the entire second half of the novel.

Let me explain.

The idea for this story is freakin' adorable! Basically, there is this girl named Miranda who desperately wants to be Juliet in her school play. She realizes that she's not going to get the part and decides to do a little magic spell to make sure she gets the part. But little does she realize that t
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
(A strong three-and-a-half star read, so I'll round up.) The Juliet Spell was a sweet story, if not exactly believable at times. The main characters were a bit too accepting of the fantasy stuff--Miranda and Edmund's response at the beginning was really the only one that was even remotely believable in this regard; everyone else found out and pretty much accepted it without question--but overall this didn't really affect my enjoyment of the book. Other than giving me a bit a of pause and a "real ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The Juliet Spell was an enjoyable book, it starts of with Miranda, who is sixteen auditioning for the role of Juliet in a school play, it is a role she really wants and isn't sure she is going to get.

For her the play makes her dream of mending her family back together, reliving and doing something her mom as an actress never did, so she casts a fame spell never expecting it to work but is terrified when a guy appears. After much shrieking and threats she finds out she has managed to get Shakespe
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I had a hard time with this book. I really tried to like it. I actually did like it. There had been some great characters, lots of Shakespeare (in more ways than one ;) and some pretty funny lines.
But something just wasn't right. For one thing the pace felt wrong. It was fast when it should have been slow and slow when I wouldn't have minded some action. Some of the character's behaviors felt wrong and not really believable. Everybody just believed Edmund's story without a second guess for exam
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book from the start, but it just didn't end up that way. I was always annoyed by the main characters. I'd usually always like a guy that spoke in Shakespearean English, but Edmund just didn't do anything for me. Other than being a relative, I don't feel like I was given much about who he was as a character. The issue I had with Miri was that the author gave very little into showing that she even liked Edmund. She also seemed a little overly whiny to me.

Another big issue tha
Kate (VerbVixen)
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Juliet Spell was in short: delightful! Just as with any Shakespeare related story all I can say was, You had me at Shakespeare. The plot was cleverly done, and I loved that it wasn't a glorification of the bard but a portrayal through another's eyes of a very human Shakespeare. But lest you be confused, this book isn't really about Shakespeare, it's about everything from theatre to language to science to friendship and of course the play Romeo and Juliet. The contemporary YA plot is classic but ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really great novel, loved it, and the Shakespears were really funny! A bit sad ending, but otherwise, a great book!
Didn't want to continue, language, sexual stuff between high school kids, not for me. Just withing the first chapter.
Cereja Cult
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it

Reviewed on 04/01/2012

The Plot Miranda is a high school girl, an actress, who dreams to play Juliet. Her mother was an actress that never got to play Juliet, so she wants to do that for her. Her dad is a psychiatrist that, apparently, was a good dad till he decided to run off to “find himself” and she hasn’t heard from him ever since. She wants to play Juliet so very bad that she decided to make a spell for it (big foreshadowing in the name LoL). However, the spell don’t work exactly the way she
Gordon Warnock
This is one of those books with a Hollywood-perfect premise: Teen girl wants to be Juliet in her school play, but she's looking at some serious odds. So she casts a spell to bring her the role of Juliet, but it instead brings her the original actor who played Juliet--William Shakespeare's little brother, Edmund. From there, it's off to the races. A fish-out-of-water story, a tragic love story, an absurd comedy, a light fantasy, there are so many elements to this one that end up providing a very ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: maybe
The hardest part to accept was Miranda's parents' reactions: first how her mom easily accepted the whole story and how her dad....a shrink...thought it all made sense because of a dream he had. Then comes the whole magical setting: how some random girl can make a spell and the whole paradox-bla-bla. I just coudn't 'see' that world.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-releases
I didn't really expect a lot from this book. The synopsis intrigued me, but I'm such a Shakespeare nerd that I wasn't sure it would be possible to make me happy.

Apparently it was possible.

Well, okay, I totally disagreed with a few of the characters' assessments of Romeo and Juliet's qualities as a play, but that's what people who like to talk about Shakespeare do – they disagree on everything. Noel Streafeild (author of the wonderful Ballet Shoes and rest of the Shoes books) once wrote something
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Juliet Spell was a nice little story. It was short, sweet and full of fluff and cuteness. There was just an overload of fluff and love that I loved but couldn't really grasp that I was reading a novel and not a fanfiction. That is not to say it wasn't written nicely, it was, but there was just something lacking (and not the amount of fluff)

I did enjoy the concept of the novel: A regular girl aspiring to be Juliet in her school's adaption of the classic play "Romeo and Juliet" accidently gets
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-only
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Alexandra Bayer
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Miranda Hoberman is an average theater-junkie with a lot of not-so-average ambition. After an amazing audition for the female lead of Romeo and Juliet, she finds that her director isn't satisfied with the talent. So, in an attempt to get the part, she casts a Fame spell. Instead of making her famous, though, it brings her someone famous - Edmund Shakespeare, William's younger brother. After the initial shock of the situation wears off, Edmund agrees to help Miranda get the part. The only proble ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally Posted at:

The Juliet Spell was a story I enjoyed (for the most part). It's original, quirky, and I totally love Romeo and Juliet, so this was a great contemporary meets sci-fi "re-telling" (although it wasn't one). There were a couple of things I didn't like about the story though. Some that kind of took the interest away from the story and put me a little off-kilter.

Miri's character was strong– but to be honest, I thought she was just a little
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

I will not deny that I have fallen in love with the book just after I've finished reading the summary, and along with that comes setting high expectations for it. Reading re-tellings of one of Shakespeare's most famous work has always been a favorite of mine, and reading about his brother is a new experience even for me.

Miranda wants to become Juliet. She craves for it, and she has been doing just about anything to prepare herself for the part. She w
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
While I have to admit that this book didn't quite live up to my expectations, it was a light-hearted, quick-paced read. The premise is cute and the story is fun, but I guess I was expecting a little more pizazz.

Miranda is a fairly typical teenager with high aspirations for her acting career. In a moment of desperation, she casts a spell, which she's not really sure will actually DO anything, and the next thing you know there is a man standing on the table in front of her, clearly from another c
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I was born on October 19th, 1947 in the hospital at March Air Force Base just outside Riverside, California. My father, Norman, was a career sergeant who'd served as an aircraft mechanic and infantryman in the Philippines campaign early in the war and was taken prisoner on Bataan. My mother, Agnes, was a nurse at the hospital where he was sent to recuperate after the war was over.

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“Careful, Edmund,” I said. “She eats guys for breakfast.”
“Should I pour milk on meself?” Edmund asked me, and grinned.”
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