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Calling Romeo

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,395 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Romeo, oh-no! Romeo
Juliet is already wondering whether her live-in boyfriend Will has lost his lust for life -- and for her -- when tragedy strikes: He stands her up. On Valentine's Day. Then some jerk in a fancy car splashes her with icky London rain water, takes a good, hard look at her, and drives away. What's worse he was gorgeous, the kind of guy you dream would
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Gallery Books (first published 2002)
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Alright, if I have to sum it up in two words, I would say -- excruciatingly long and the only reason as to why it wasn't half a star or a star is -- I liked Trudy. And no, she is not the main character. Honestly speaking, after having read a decent book by Alexandra Potter, I find myself somewhat disappointed by the book. It was long and no, I have no problem with reading long books, I've read Harry Potter and loved it, remember. Maybe that's it, chick-lit is definitely not my genre. Juliet (I f ...more
Veronica Widya
Oct 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
hmm,, calling romeo..
the story is ordinary, but there's a good meaning that contain in there.
like we know, the story was telling about the relationship between 2 lovers. will and juliet, they falling in love but they experience saturation in their relationship. i think its natural. ppl who having relationship over years must be experience such thing. its almost impossible that they still adore one another after a plenty years. and juliet experience that.
she love will, but for her will is just li
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had a problem with this book: pace. It was too, too slow!! It took an effort to get through the first 40% (I am reasoning kindle), after that luckily it got a little faster but not nearly enough to name the book gripping. The main story was ok I guess, but the side stories were annoying. The best friend part was boring in the beginning, depressing in the middle, and just meh in the end. The 80-years-old naighboor part useless! A waste of pages, the author uses it in the end, but should have fo ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-copy
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

I'm not certain why I somehow still read books about someone infidelity when I know that all it ends up doing is making me feel terribly agonised. It irks me to no end, but perhaps I keep looking for a book that gives an insight to both sides of the party. Well, Calling Romeo fits well, but it isn't the best read, I don't think.

I'm very torn about my response to this book. On the one hand, the trickling pace of the plot bored me. Too much narrative! I was tem
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-romance
It took me a while to finish this book since i was so busy these days but it totally worth it. :)

It's a beautiful book about the true meaning of "ever after", about what a relationship really is (with good and bad), about making mistakes, about how hard it is to find the true love (and the bitterness of realizing too late that it was right beside you and you lost it so foolishly).
It's funny and emotional, it's romantic and dramatic.. it's all in one, and it's amazing. I definitely recommend it
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Yet another book with a misguiding title and review. It's not about a fluffy romance between one-dimensional characters. It's about the excitement brought by the new and unknown, the stability of the familiar and the choice between the two.

This is the story of Juliet and Will, a couple of more than 2 years, that seem to be more or less estranged at the beginning of the book. A few stupid decisions and wrong turns later and they both get a wake up call and start re-evaluating their lives and thei
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

I can't quite understand the negative views on this book. Seen the front cover and noted the back? You know you're getting a genuine chick-lit fluff overload. Saying that, I devoured this in a single day. I really, really enjoyed this but then again I enjoy *ALL* of Alexandra Potter's books. This one was a complete gem. Started off with a relationship getting 'overly comfortable' and lacking excitement - the girl has an affair etc etc - but I found it so entertaining throughout despite the clich
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny read. I'm glad Juliet ended up with the person I thought right for her , though the path to love wasn't that smooth.
I had some lovely memories of. Verona flooding back, as Juliet wandered around there.
Ended was a bit abrupt , felt rushed sadly .

Interesting reread . I enjoyed it more this time !
Jan 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I am not one to normally give up on a book. However I reached about the 100th page and just really could not take how slow the book was forming. It possibly could be that I am simply not in a patient mood so I might return to try to reread this book but as of right now I do not suggest it.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Whew. I finally finished reading this one. I should tell you, this is definitely not an easy read. I find myself annoyed with it at times that i wanted to throw it away and never read it again. well,not literally throw it away.haha. But its just that i find it annoying thus making it hard to read for me. Get my point? Well right. Moving on.

The story revolves around Juliet. A lady with a decent job, decent life and a decent boyfriend. Will, Juliet's long-time boyfriend has seemed to be more absor
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Juliet Morris, account manager in an advertising firm, was supposed to meet her boyfriend, Will Barraclough on their much awaited catch-up date; unfortunately, Will stood her up. It made her think about their relationship and if they could still bring back the love they used to have for each other.

After the disappointing no-show, pent-up emotions rose as she ventured Oxford Street under the cold rain – and then her new sheepskin coat got splashed with rain water by a handsome Aston Martin driver
Arra Abella
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hopeless romantics, Adults
This is a novel based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but it was set in the modern times and it has a very different twist.

The love story was a roller coaster ride for me. On one hand, I get really love drunk whenever the scene was romantic or just plain sweet. Sometimes, I even blush for the protagonist, Juliet, because I was really overwhelmed on how the events turned out.

On the other hand, the story was a tearjerker. Tears filled up my eyes when I got to the climax part. It was real
Apr 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
If this, her first novel, was the first book I had read of Potter, I would most certainly, undoubtely, not have read the other two..... I just finished this book because I kept expecting that the Alexandra Potter with an imagination and a better writing style would show up any minute....but she didnt.
Not that I think she is something out of this world, but her two other books really enterteined me, this one just annoyed me a usually all British female characters do at the beginning,
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is awesome. It's about love.It explains that Love is not only about VAlentine's or dating, or one-thousand roses or romantic holiday in romance country like Italy. But, it's about trust, faith and kindness. Find out how Juliet tried to get her love back, when her 'husband-to-be' Will discovered that she had a fling with a guy called Sykes, a gorgeous half-Italian man...;) ...more
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read other Alexandra Potter books and I did like them but this one is a little boring . There's nothing special about it . A couple Juliet and Will who are facing few problems in their lives which is somthing ordinary in every relationship. It was a very long boring story that I couldn't finish. ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
I read about 3/4 of the book hoping it would get better before finally giving up.
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lovely read! i had a great time reading it!!!!!
Having read Alexandra Potter’s first two novels, my expectations were low for her third. The first two had been predictable and poorly written, with one-dimensional characters, and characters named purely for the sake of a fairly poor joke. Fortunately, the author did not let me down and my expectations were met.

In “Calling Romeo”, Juliet has been stood up by her boyfriend Will, being left alone in a fancy restaurant on Valentine’s Day. This seems to be symptomatic of the way things are going be
Sumayyah Akhter
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
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Sabi (book_tangled)
this is the 2nd book ever that i've given a single star and it truly disheartens my feelings as i thought this would be a really good and nice fluffy read like the chick-lits i've read before but boy.......... i was wrong...

this was a very badly, exaggerating ,boring novel and probably could have been one of those long 3 hour dramatic movies.

the story was of a very dramatic cliche of the heroine falling for a man when she already lives with her boyfriend. a typical triangle. god , and could have
Briefly, this is the tale of Juliet, who surprise, surprise is wanting a Romeo in her life. Though she loves her boyfriend Will, she yearns for some romance & when the devastatingly handsome -& rich! - Sykes comes into her life, Juliet is tempted into a brief affair.... but does Will find out? Any guesses?

Although I did find this an amusing read I didn't think it up to Potter's usual standard. If this had been the first book I'd read by this author I wouldn't have had me champing at the bit want
Phylisha Stone
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute romcom about two good friends who fall in love and then because of circumstances break up. Neither are happy. At the wedding of wedding of friends they meet one another while sneaking away from the wedding festivities and end up leaving together.
Rea Bailey
This book 1. Took me way too long to read and 2. Was way too long for what it was!!! Also just was so unrealistic and a lot of the characters were annoying HOWEVER I did really enjoy the twist and turns so that’s why I couldn’t give this 1 star!
Charlie cooke
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great read once more by Alexandra Potter. Never disappointed in the story. Such a sad and happy story all at the same time, just had to get to the end of the book to find out what happens. A must read.
Mia Taylor
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was too slow for me and the story not that captivating
Lady Jane of Aragorn
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The first few chapters were slow, but as the story continues, it becomes exciting. Took me a bit longer to finish this, though.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book it made me laugh and cry and sometimes I was so angry I could have thumped Juliet.
It’s a real true love story and I loved it.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf pile. Annoying as got roughly half way but it was a struggle to say the least. Just fell out with it and couldn’t waste any more time on these characters and boring, too-long storyline :(
Nanthini Jayabalan
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Alexandra that I read and became her fan ever since
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Alexandra Potter is the best-selling author of twelve novels, including Me and Mr Darcy, which won Best New Fiction Award at the Jane Austen Regency World Awards, Love From Paris which was shortlisted for the RNA Comedy Award and her latest, Confessions of a Forty-something F##k Up published Pan MacMillan.

Hailed by The Times as ‘A winning formula… sharply written, pacey and funny’ her books have b

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