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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  5,068 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Manhattan meets Verona in this time-bending twist on Shakespeare.

When Mimi is magically thrust into the middle of Shakespeare’s Verona, she must find a way to help Juliet fight for her future happiness. Will she be able to give this classic tragedy a happy ending?
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Walker Books (first published January 22nd 2008)
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Now as a story in and of itself, as a time-travel (or perhaps in this case, one should say more a play-travel) fantasy, Suzanne Selfors' Saving Juliet really and truly presents itself as a massively fun romp, a bit chick literature-like perhaps (and most definitely conceptualised for and specifically geared towards teenaged girls) but I have indeed very much enjoyed the entire premise of Mimi finding herself in William Shakespeare's vision of Verona, in William Shakespeare's story of Romeo Monat ...more
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who want to be amused and like fantasy and comedy
Ok so this story is about a girl name Mimi. She is an actress for theatre, even though she hates it. She plays Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Troy is her dreamy and cocky costar. He plays Romeo. Mimi gets these magic ashes from her aunt, and to make a long story short she and Troy ends up in the play Romeo and Juliet. Oh and even if you haven't read Romeo and Juliet (like me) that's just fine, the play doesn't exactly go its original course. She meets Romeo, Juliet (who is just the cutest and spunk ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for

"This above all: to thine own self be true." Shakespeare. This was the underlying theme in this excellent story about growing up.

Mimi Wallingford is the last in line of a Shakespearean acting family. All her mother wants her to do is be a Shakespearean actress in New York at the family theater. All 17-year-old Mimi wants is to be a normal teenager.

She wants to go to college in Los Angeles and study medicine. She wants to see the world. When we fir
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but the ending didn't feel complete for me and that's half the reason it didn't get 5 stars.
Saving Juliet is a book that is loaded with platitudes and wise homilies and never, not you want to tell the author that she should mind her sanctimonious beeswax and get on with the plot already.

So kudos to Suzanne Selfors for getting it right yet again.

Seventeen year old Mimi Wallingford is last in the line of the legendary Wallingford actors. Thrust onto the stage from the age of three, Mimi’s life has been a whirl of grease paint,
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.5

First, let me just say that you shouldn't pass up this book just because the cover isn't (admittedly) the prettiest. I honestly adored everything about this novel (and it's not just because the main girl's name is Mimi)!

Saving Juliet is like a modern spin on Romeo and Juliet but not at the same time! It's more about a girl who is accidentally finds herself stuck in the world's greatest love story, where Shakespeare's version is about as similar to it as a baby chick is to a hawk. It'
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, time-travel
The plot line--teenager struggles to form her own identity, plunges into a magical trial-by-fire, emerges victorious--doesn't leave the reader in much suspense, and the characters are flat (even after their public facades are dropped), but this is still an enjoyable foray into the well-known story of Romeo and Juliet. Best for beach reading or similarly lazy days, the story moves predictably and without much innovation or surprise. The characters don't develop much (and, when they do, the altera ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first review I have ever posted so I just want to say that I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’ve been told very often that I’m extremely blunt, although I think it’s more like I’m just honest. Anyway I’ll start with the cover.

The cover isn’t very striking. It’s not enchantingly beautiful or devastatingly ugly. It’s kind of plain and I probably won’t remember it in a few days. It’s just a photo of a girl in a Juliet costume chewing gum. I will say that it is relevant to th
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
Mimi Wallingford is the latest in a long line of famous Wallingford actors, starring in Shakespearean productions nightly at the now rather shabby Wallingford Theatre on Broadway. Mimi's latest role is to die for: starring as Juliet opposite popstar Troy Summers as Romeo. But Mimi doesn't care for the role . . . in fact, for reasons unknown, it's causing her to have totally debilitating stage fright. Is it because Troy is so handsome, and so stuck up? Is it because the fate of their family and t ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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1 out of 5 Stars

Mimi Wallingford is destined to be an actress…against her will. . Mimi would prefer to be a doctor, but her overbearing mother won’t hear of it. She’s stuck performing in Romeo and Juliet with teen heartthrob Troy Summers until she and Troy are magically transported to Shakespeare’s Verona. There Mimi meets the real Juliet and realizes they both have more in common than she realized.

I studied Shakespeare in college and even did an independent study on the guy. I probably re-read
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love it when a book surprises you. It seemed like many people who had read Saving Juliet thought it was okay, but really not the greatest. So that's what I went into it thinking. I was so wrong.

Mimi is an actress by force. It's been a part of her family since her great-grandmother started acting a century before. She's stuck doing Romeo and Juliet with a snobby Troy Summer, who thinks the world revolves around him and "couldn't act himself out of a monkey cage". After an accident involving a c
Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
Original post at The Little Bookworm

Mimi is playing Juliet at her family's renowned theater, The Wallingford Theatre though she is suffering from stage fright. She's been acting ever since she was 3 so this sudden onset of stage fright is causing her big problems. Also causing her problems is her mother who wants to control Mimi's life and dictate where Mimi should go to college. On the night of the final performance of Romeo & Juliet, Mimi is magically transported, with her gorgeous co-star
Loved it!!! If you ever read Romeo and Juliet and thought "They deserve each other. They're too stupid to live!" then this book is for you. It gives an interesting and much more honest and clear depiction of all of the characters from the famous love story. Most of us forget these two were REALLY young teenagers. This story reminds us. If Juliet were alive today she'd only be in Jr. High and would be one of the numerous teens talking about the Jonas Brothers and Twilight. Gives you a whole new p ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
A charming idea gone awry. Mimi, a reluctant young Shakespearean actress, travels with her co-star Troy not only back in time, but into Shakespeare's Verona. Her well-intended plan is to prevent the senseless suicide of Juliet and Romeo, and instead she nearly prevents their meeting. Selfors struggles between the language appropriate to the period and Mimi and Troy's 21st century vernacular, and settles on an unappealing modern mish-mash for the inhabitants of Verona.
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
I enjoyed this (as a fluff read) more than I thought I would at the beginning. The writing style wasn't my favorite (the narrator brings you out of the story often) but once we got into the Shakespeare part of the story, I really got into it and didn't want to put it down! I enjoyed the way it portrayed Juliet as spunky and the way it didn't actually follow the play exactly. The throw back to the original play made me want to go reread Romeo and Juliet though. I also enjoyed the hate to love rom ...more
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So happy I could get this from the library! This was a cute story about a girl and a boy who got sucked into the story of Romeo and Juliet, and had to help them. It was wonderful, and I really enjoyed seeing Mimi make her way from stuck teen to confident, successful young woman - there's nothing like a jaunt in fair Verona to make a girl realize how to get what she wants from life, no? 4.5 stars.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars
(There may be some spoilers so read at your own discretion :))

I found this book to be a delightful escape into the world of Shakespeare. What makes this escape even better were the two young actors who accidentally get transported into Verona and must now live out the Romeo & Juliet storyline for real. The book is very fast paced, which I liked because I couldn't put the book down - I just had to know what was going to happen next!

Mimi comes from a long line of renowned, dis
Ellen Ekstrom
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had one great, enormous, fun, time reading Ms. Selfors’ book, “Saving Juliet.” The cover grabbed me first, and then her prologue had me cracking up – I LOVE THIS STORY! Not since Anne Fortier’s treatment of the legend (the medieval story line in her book, “Juliet”, not the modern story line that runs parallel) have I enjoyed a story this much. This is my favorite legend of all time and so far, Ms. Selfors’ treatment of the characters and the plot is exquisite. I’m already envisioning Molly Qui ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who ever wished Romeo and Juliet could have a happy ending
Shelves: reviewed
I first saw this book when I was going through books here on goodreads and it caught my eye, not only because Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite books, but also because my friends like to call me Juliet. I read through tthe summary and decided that it looked like a really good book. I decided to give it a try and ordered it online. The plot, in my opinion was a really good one. This book is about Mimi, a seventeen year old Shakespearen actress who wishes to become a doctor. When she and her ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Yet another awesome Suzanne novel. I LOVED this book. It was amazing, everything I had expected and more.

The characters were adorable and I love them to death especially Troy and Romeo. For Troy, I had expected him to be like a douchebag and completely spoiled but he's not, at least, not really. And the times when he wants to make Mimi jealous is just a show of his insecurity and that he's just a normal human being, like us. Of course, there were times when I wavered between deciding if he was b
 Soph - Lock&Key
This book was not what I expected and that is a very good thing, honestly I picked it up by fluke in a library and well I didn’t really want to read it but once I got half way through there was no turning back!
This book is about a girl called Mimi who wants to escape her life as an actor, she wants to get away from her controlling mother and her stage, a charm magically sends her to Shakespeare land where she meets Romeo and Juliet in the flesh, on her journey there she finds things out about h
Alison Lin
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mimi Wallingford is the great granddaughter of a famous Shakespeare actor. She might have the acting blood but she doesn't like acting at all. her dream is the go to L.A to stay with her aunt and go to UCLA. Her mom wants her to go to the Theater Institute. Mimi has terrible stage fright. She threw up on the stage and everyone saw it. On the night that she was suppose to preform for Theater Institute admissions committee, she was transported to Shakespeare's Verona.

I think that it was totally w
I'm beginning to worry every time I have to review a book which has already been reviewed by Namz - there's no way I can top her! So, go read her take on the book if you want to know about the fun plot and the charming characters - I'm going to skip the synopsis and get right ahead to my thoughts on the story.

Saving Juliet was yet another cutesy YA romcom by Suzanne Selfors. I loved Selfors' version of Juliet; she wasn't the swooning-on-the-balcony or trying-to-kill-self-because-her-lover-kille
Allison (The Allure of Books)
William Shakespeare might have given his young lovers all sorts of sophisticated things to say, but in this version, my crazy version, they were just a couple of kids.

This book was actually a lot more than I expected it to be. I assumed that once Troy and Mimi went back in time, it would be a huge cheesy mess. I was wrong. The story created in 16th century Verona was actually very captivating. Juliet's character, especially, resonated with me. I'll probably think of this Juliet from now on when
Sarah Cross
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By : Suzanne Selfors

Two Juliets,
both alike in desperation . . .

The story is about . . . 17 year-old Mimi Wallingford, of the famous Wallingford actors, wishes to be anywhere but onstage for the final performance of Romeo and Juliet. Acting isn’t for her, even if her family’s future relies on it. Being transported to Shakespeare’s Verona wasn’t what she had in mind either, but when the magical ashes clear, she’s suddenly not in Manhattan anymore—and her heartthrob costar, Troy Sum
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ok. So how do I start? This is a very VERY good book. It is about a 17 year old girl named Mimi who is an actress playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, but she doesn't want to be an actress. One day, she is transported back to Shakespeare's Verona, where she meets the real Juliet. Juliet-in-the-flesh is a spunky, 13 year old girl with a likable nature. However, Mimi likes her so much that she can't bear the thought of Juliet killing herself, which, of course, is how the play ends. So she sets hers ...more
Kiki Corgi
Sep 15, 2014 added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kiki by: Thom Denholm, my dad

1 star because of the author, (she's my favorite!)
2 stars because of the characters and character bios and stuff,
and 3 stars because of the plotline! I absolutely love this book!

again, 5 stars. if I could, I would rate it 10, because of it's pure awesomeness. I also love suzanne selfors, and I love to read her books. i'm looking forward to read it more. can't wait to open a new book, set my paws on the page and READ! I CANT WAIT!

please, you have to read this, or you
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
fun! clever writing, with interesting intersections of modernity and shakespeare. much better than the average teeny-bopper novel. i think most kids reading R&J would enjoy this little side trip.

PG13-green for a mostly clean read. passing reference to virginity, and a non-graphic attempted rape. some shakespearian-era cursing, but not much. really, this is cleaner than the original, i suppose.
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Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.

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“I loved the kiss. That's why I smiled at you. I loved it. I was embarrassed by how much I loved it. (Troy Summer)” 27 likes
“Troy sighed with frustration. "Let me get this straight. We're stuck in the story of Romeo and Juliet and we can't get home without a magic charm from Shakespeare's quill, which doesn't exist in this world. However, we might be able to get home when the story ends, but if Romeo and Juliet don't meet, then we don't have a story. More important, we don't have an ending."
Friar Laurence tsk tsked. He placed his speckled hand on Troy's forehead. "Bless you, my son, but a fever has muddled your mind.”
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