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Romeo and What's Her Name

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  667 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lin
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Candace Robinson
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was super cute, funny, and sweet! I'm not going to lie, I was probably like Em in high school about boys. Full review on my blog ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
2.5 stars

I love all things Romeo + Juliet and this synopsis sounded cute, so I was excited to read it. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

Emily's inner monologue came across as super young. I would have never guessed she was a junior in high school if it wasn't stated. I really liked her friends and their relationship, but all they ever talked about was boys. It would have been nice to see something else. Wes has a lot of potential, but Emily has this idea of him in her head, it's like we only kno
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I DNFed Romeo & What’s Her Name earlier this year (scroll down for quotes), but I wanted to snark it for a friend (because I hate myself and my friend apparently), so I found myself in the unfortunate position of having to finish. It’s not good. In fact, it’s atrocious.

One thing I will absolutely never understand is why someone would write a story inspired by the work of another author only to constantly rip on that author. Like, the Shakespeare reference is clear in the title. This means that m
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya, contemporary
Wes became Emily's Romeo the day he helped her learn to rider a bike, and he was finally unattached! The time had arrived for Emily to make her move and show him who his Juliet really was.

Warning: This book may cause your face to ache from smiling too much. Romeo and What's Her Name was one really cute and fun little rom-com.

First we had Emily, who had a very I-Love-Lucy-esque manner about her. Whenever she got into things, one thing always seemed to lead to another, which usually left me giggli
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is this the most original book that I will read this year? No. But was it so ridiculously cute? YES. SO ADORABLE. OMG, I HAVE A FEELING THIS REVIEW WILL BE A LOT OF CAPS ACTION.

Okay, this book. It's only 200 pages or so, but goodness, it was adorable. I was like, no way can they actually complete a successful story in that time period, but it was just the right amount for this cute little book.

I'm not really sure what to say about this book, because with adorable fluffy, little books, I have a h
Haley Isabella  BellaTheBibliophile
I loved this book, not only is it a romance book but it had tons of cheesy funny moments. Emily is a klutz and is always embarrassing herself, you feel like you know what's going to happen next but sometimes the book surprises you.
You can find my full review here ; http://bellathebibliophile.blogspot.c...
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Full review to come...
Monica Murphy
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a silly but fun YA read. And when I say silly it's not an insult. I really enjoyed this book and breezed right through it almost too quickly. :) ...more
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
After my last two recent reads (a tear-jerker and a murder mystery), I needed something light and fluffy. Romeo and What's Her Name gave me exactly that. With no expectations, this was such a fun read.

Romeo and What's Her Name made me laugh so hard. I think I had such a great time reading it because I didn't have any expectations. The story was quick. It never dragged and there was no extra drama. Everything revolved around Emily and her crush on Wes. The fun really starts when Emily's "underst
A fun, fast, silly read that's super cute and perfect for when you need some romantic fluff. It read a lot like a high school rom-com, almost like a mash-up of The DUFF movie and Easy A. Lots of tropes and pretty predictable, but perfectly executed for what it is. ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A cute, funny, predictable friends to lovers romance that will have you snickering.

Emily is thrilled. Her life long crush and neighbor, Wes, just broke up with his girlfriend. That means Emily might finally have her chance, but she is too chicken. So when Emily realizes that Wes is trying out for Romeo, she is determined to be his Juliet. That is until mean girl, Amanda, lands the role. Emily is the understudy, which means being Amanda's errand girl. Understudies never get the part,
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for providing me with an eARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

I got exactly what I thought I would out of this book, so I suppose I can't be too disappointed, but I just had higher hopes.

This story follows Emily, a girl with a major crush. After her crush, Wes, signs up for the lead in a small scene production of Romeo & Juliet, she decides to be his Juliet. Except she ends up as the understudy - the real Juliet, Amanda, is the typical m
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely adorable. Think of like the crazy things that happen when you are in high school add in a bit of Shakespeare and of course a really big gesture and you have a wonderfully perfect contemporary story. Shani Petroff did a really great job bringing you to this high school and making you love the characters in this story. You couldn’t help but root for them from the very beginning!

We meet Emily who is head over heels crushing on her neighbor Wes. They’ve been friends forever
Taylor Fenner
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, romance
Emily Stein has had a crush on Wes Rosenthal for as long as she can remember, but somehow or another she always ends up acting like an idiot in front of him. When she learns that he and his girlfriend have broken up and that Wes is planning to audition for the part of Romeo for their English class project of Romeo & Juliet, Emily decides to audition for the part of Juliet. But mean girl Amanda, who also has her sights set on Wes, also auditions and gets the part. Luckily Emily's friend Jill is d ...more
Angie Taylor
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so dang fun. I laughed so hard at the first acting scene, I cried multiple times, and my stomach and body ached from Emily's stressing over Wes. When a book makes me feel everything I know it's truly magical. ...more
Sam! at the bookstore
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school girls with very intense crushes
Shelves: 2-stars
Rating: 2 stars

I zipped through this book, partly because I skimmed over some of the narrator's thoughts, descriptions, and many freak outs. The premise was fun-ish, but honestly the narrative reached its conclusion pretty early, and then the plot sort of limps to the finish line. The characters also acted very young; this whole crush thing went way out of proportion, and honestly we didn't really get to see Wes as a character beyond the glowing perfection that is the main character's love goggl
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"For never was a story of more woe, than crushing on a boy who doesn't know...."

I went into this one expecting just a cute read about crushes and all the swoon-worthy moments that come from pining over someone in high school. But this one was about so much more and I appreciated the nuanced relationship between Emily and her friends.

Emily has it bad for Wes. From the first chapter, we know that she's probably felt like this for a long time since her and Wes have known each other practically thei
Jessica Brooks
I was able to snag an ARC of Romeo from a fellow reader and boy, am I glad I did. Romeo and What's Her Name is a fun, amusing read that makes you both cheer *and* cringe for Emily as she attempts to maneuver herself closer and closer to her longtime crush, Wes.

Every time you think she's finally going to nudge their non-existent, yet hopeful relationship along, something happens, causing things to repeatedly go awry. (It was almost like watching someone you're great friends with walk straight fo
EDIT: Changed it to 1.5 stars because I haven't posted the review yet, but this was kind of a waste of time looking back and the only POC character in an otherwise white, heterosexual cis-gendered high school story is the mean girl.

LOOK AROUND PEOPLE. In my school, I walk across the hallway and see kids ranging in culture, sexuality, gender, and body type. And you're saying the only POC you're gonna put in this book is the bitchy one who throws a fit at the white main character? Thanks, but no
Kelly Lyn
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
mushy, corny, cute, and fluffy all rolled into one little story. it made me laugh and cringe at the same time.
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Romeo & What's Her Name is one of those sinfully sweet young adult novels. The drama in this book was over the top and a lot of fun. I found myself laughing or smiling often. The book was also really quickly paced. It made the story feel like it was moving in real-time. I was so involved in the story that I didn't put the book down. I read it in one sitting.

I felt a kinship with Emily. There was something about her that reminded me of my younger self. Maybe it was
Samantha Hastings
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud in public while reading this book! Emily is a delightful heroine who manages to say the worst thing at the wrong moments in front of her crush. When she told him about stuffing tissues in her bra because her boobs grew unevenly—I might have peed a little, I laughed so hard. She slayed Shakespeare’s words in the funniest way as the worst understudy of all time. Her two besties are charming and supportive. Her crush, Wes, is a hottie and a sweetie. It’s funny, witty, and flirty. ...more
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3.5 stars
I really love how Shani Petroff finds a unique voice for her characters .. the story itself is pretty basic and barely any drama happens but it was a fun ride
it's all about Emily who's been crushing on Wes and her attempts to get his attention .. her friends Jill and Kala are goals and I just those two
it was a nice light read and I enjoyed it
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gave-4-5-stars
I thought this was a super cute, super fast read. I think people in middle school or just starting high school will like it. It's quick, and the characters are light and fun. ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Passing Notes
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Disney Channel Original Movie
Bonus Factors: Best Friends, Shakespeare
Relationship Status: Set Painter

Read the full book report here.
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

1.5 stars Very mild spoilers for the book.

Romeo and What's Her Name gets an extra half point for making me laugh at two scenes. The author definitely has the ability to write slapstick comedy - and I honestly think she should keep going with that.

The rest of the book was completely predictable, with flat prose and painfully shallow characters. There isn't any growth in any of them. It's like reading the lightest fluff possible - so light that if you brea
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, giveaways
I wanna start first with the cover. I personally think it's so pretty! very teen!

This is actually a short read. Pretty thin book but it's packed with a whole lot of happenings. I like how it's paced. It's not very detailed in terms of setting but the things that the characters do are well explained and simple. I especially like that it's very relatable. Embarrassing things always happen. but being a teenager and having something embarrassing happen could be the worst nightmare. I actually rememb
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Bravo! I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard reading a YA contemporary fiction! Emily and her antics are naturally over-the-top but she is completely endearing. Even the potentially cringe-worthy moments are adorable and makes the characters even loveable. This book is as much about friendship as it’s about romance.

The description for this book only covers 1/3 of the plot. I have to say that it gets even better with more laugh-out-loud moments!

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a funny
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

This was my first of Petroff's books, and I really enjoyed her writing style. Emily decides that the way to get close to her crush, Wes, is the become the understudy Juliet in the school's performance of Romeo and Juliet. Wes, of course, is playing Romeo, and being an understudy, she'll have to be at the practises - and will get some well deserved credit for doing so - but will never have to actually perform
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Shani Petroff is the author of the YA novels Romeo and What's Her Name (Macmillan/Feb. 2017) and My New Crush Gave to Me (Macmillan/Oct. 2017) and the tween series, Bedeviled (Penguin). She is also the co-author of Ash.

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