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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  25,400 ratings  ·  3,789 reviews
Juliet, an ambitious, utterly engaging historical novel on the scale of The Thirteenth Tale and The Birth of Venus, follows a young woman who discovers that her family’s origins reach all the way back to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Satvika I'm agree with you,it's so hard to follow at first i almost give up,read the first chapter and abandon this book for 2 years later hahaha..but i hate …moreI'm agree with you,it's so hard to follow at first i almost give up,read the first chapter and abandon this book for 2 years later hahaha..but i hate leaving book unfinished,i try to keep on and i'll never regret it..maybe you should try to keep on's a wonderful story(less)

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Anne Fortier
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Is it wrong to list my own book here? Probably. But seriously, I love this story, and I can't tell you how hard it was for me to sign off on the manuscript and -- after three years of writing and editing -- move out of the lush, mysterious world of Siena ... Would I love to write a sequel? You bet I would! And maybe, God willing, one day I will.
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, romantics
I'm in love with this book. That's not an understatement, I would probably have picked it straight up and read it again but, I'm so behind schedule that it wasn't an option (although I might have to stick a post-it on the front to remind myself in future ;))

I've always been the stereotypical woman who has swooned appropriately at Romeo & Juliet so I picked this book up thinking it would be a fun modern re-write that I could forget about soon after. Turns out though that this was so much more - i
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“Everything we say is a story. But nothing we say is just a story.”

What can I say about Juliet??????

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Well, yeah. That sums it up pretty precisely. Juliet begins with the MC Julie mourning the death of the aunt who raised her and the shocking discovery that said aunt left her estate to Julie’s twin. The only thing left to Julie? A key to a safe
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I saw great reviews about this book in several places, including at least two magazines. So I gave it a go. But now I'm left with the confusion that comes when you don't like something that everyone else seems to love.

The story follows the modern-day ancestors of the real-life Romeo and Juliet, who believe themselves to be victims of a curse that has plagued the families for 600 years, ever since Romeo and Juliet were not allowed to be together. The book provides some insight into the historical
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
So, where to begin?
The first page is wonderfully crafted; the first page. I thought, wow, this is going to be really wonderful. And I still love that first page, but the other 446 pages not so much. I wanted to love all of it, I really did. O, I am fortune’s fool to have believed in you, first page!
There are two main stories running throughout the book. The modern day one is about the search for a priceless treasure which will possibly lift the curse on the two houses, Shakespeare’s Capulets and
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
1.5 stars. This book has garnered a lot of hype. Many have called it a woman's DaVinci Code. I can somewhat buy the comparison but only a little bit. First of all, in DaVinci Code, the "exposed secrets" are much further reaching than the "true story" behind Romeo and Juliet. Many complained about the terrible writing in DaVinci Code but, to be honest, the story was intriguing enough that I didn't notice it too much. Such is not the case with "Juliet." First of all, the author uses "had" before e ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Bleh... Really predictable Juliet reincarnation (genealogically speaking) story. Think 'Letters for Juliet' movie mixed with 'The DeVinci Code' and you get the picture.

It started out strong with an interesting and sympathetic heroine. But once the hero was introduced the dialogue got really, really corny. Like roll-my-eyes corny. And the heroine was TSTL in one of my pet peeve ways. She'd miss tons of tons of really obvious clues, and then think to herself, "wow, I feel stupid. It would have bee
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book started out with a good hook; the sad-sack Julie is viciously cut out of her dead Aunt’s will and her sister gets everything. But Julie gets a key to a safety deposit box in Siena that will be—in a completely obvious literal and metaphorical sense—the key to her past.

I was with Fortier at this point. I couldn’t really get a handle on Julie yet as a character but there were still about 400 pages to go so I thought the book would get there. That’s where the problems for me started. It s
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: over-rated
Skimming through the comments of other GoodReads reviewers, I am definitely voicing a minority opinion when I fail to wax enthusiastic about this "cute" book. And, I think that is my criticism of Fortier's re-telling of Shakespeare's story---she just strived too hard to make it readable and clever. And, she ended up with cute. What a shame.

I hoped this would be an academic quest similar to A.S. Byatt's Posession, and Fortier's concept for the novel could have led to a much more interesting and s
My goodreads challenge is making me feel guilty about all my unfinished books (how will I ever reach 100 books this year if I keep giving up on what I'm reading?); yet I've decided that it really doesn't pay to listen to an audiobook if turning it on is increasingly serving as a cue to space out with my own slightly less predictable thoughts. Because I just. Can't. Listen. To this any more.

The rose on the cover of this book should have served as a cue that it wasn't for me, but it was available
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing

What's not to love? It has everything! It is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, so rich in history, and laced with mystery and action in every page, that it becomes reminiscent of The DaVinci Code!

This was a difficult book to put down and not devour in one sitting. I struggled to slow my pace and savor each line and page from the very start.

Anne Fortier did a remarkable job in crafting this amazing book! One could tell how much research was done to capture t
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, grown-up-book
I'm so happy to be finished with this book - it feels like I've been reading it forever! Unfortunately, my stash of books didn't last the whole vacation so I was forced to pick this one up for the lengthy flight from Los Angeles to Columbus.

I always test books I buy by reading the first page and this book had the most outstanding first page out of all my options. I breezed through the first part of the book and then it dragged.

I tried reading one chapter a night. Now, two weeks later, I finally
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Don't let the flower on the cover fool you. This is a book that superficially will appeal to women (Romeo and Juliet, forebidden love, etc.), but I believe will be enoyed by anyone who liked The Divinci Code and has at least a passing interest in Shakespeare. I thought that Fortier did a masterful job at weaving a most intriguing story through over six hundred years of Italian history and folklore. A very entertaining, fast paced book; and I would recommend it to anyone.
I really wonder at the person in our bookclub who chose this book. And I wonder even more at all those readers on GR who gave it more than 2--more than 3!--stars. Just goes to show: mediocrity is alive and well.

I try to be fair when I review and give stars for every book based on its context. I would not, therefore, rate this silly book badly simply because it's not a Jane Austen or Ernest Hemingway one!

Even so, I struggled from the first page, had to fight not to skip the historical chapters, w
Ana // TheBooktarian
*2.5 stars

So many cliches and things I didn't enjoyed... I'm disappointed!
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I really enjoyed this book. Swept me up into star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet's life and made it very real to me.
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Re-read...just cause I couldn't remember it and I want to get rid of some hardcovers in the house.
Review stands..didn't "wow" me this time either and in fact brought it down to 3 1/2 stars.

Normally I wont buy a hard cover...III wait till it comes out in paperback or borrow from the library.
But as I was reading the inside flap of the book Juliet, it seemed to be told comparable to authors like Barbara Erskine & Kate Mosse both favorite authors of mine.
So of course I figured this would be right
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. Historical fiction, mystery, romance. I kept trying to read even though I was incredibly bored. It seemed like the book just kept going and was getting nowhere. Every chapter sounding like the one I had just read and there wasn’t a single likable character. The end of the story was so silly that I was disappointed that I wasted my time trying to finish the book. I was very relieved when it was over so I could move on to something else.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think I was 13-years-old when I finally read Romeo and Juliet. I had an awful English teacher, we were all forced to pair up to read the play aloud, every class a new Romeo and Juliet were selected for the roles, and for some reason the woman had the insufferable need to make Romeo and Juliet kiss on every necessary scene.

I’m pretty sure that should’ve been taken up with the principle by someone.

Inappropriate teacher aside, I never liked the story. I found it overly dramatic and, in the end, c
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*mild spoiler alert* Romeo and Juliette meets DaVinci Code. Good story with WAY too much going on. There are actually 2 stories being told here; the ancient version from which Shakespeare based his play, and a modern day version where they try to right the wrongs of their ancestors. I actually liked the way she rewrote the events of the original Romeo and Juliette. The details make a lot more sense than Shakespeare's version. (Am I the only one who finds his Romeo completely whiny and annoying?) ...more
Brilliant book!! Its nothing like what i was expecting. It has this old Shakespearean feel to it,and there's mystery,secrets,old stories come to life,romance,laughter and lots lots lots of surprises. It truly enchanted me :D

Julie is such a great character,i could relate to her. I loved Alesandro and her sister and Umberto and just every single character had his own wonderful side. <3

This book traveled me to Italy..and since i've been to Siena i can verify for its magic. The scenery and the stor
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers, mystery lovers,consipiracy enthusiasts
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I have always maintained the idea that Romeo and Juliet one of Shakespeare's immortalized tragedies were immortalized solely due to the fact the it is a tragedy. If Romeo and Juliet had a happy ending things would have been different and this immortalized classic would have joined the ranks of many "Happily ever after" stories and long forgotten. Don't get me wrong, "Happily ever after" stories are my favorite kind. There is something about those three lines at the end of the story that makes yo ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Julie saw Umberto at the back of the room as she was leaving the stage. She knew this wasn't going to be good news because he wasn't smiling like always. "Aunt Rose has died" were the words that tumbled out of his mouth. As sad as Julie was, she also knew there would be something even more distressing....she had to face her twin sister Janice. Janice was four minutes younger than Julie, but she always upstaged her no matter what, and there was always conflict when Janice arrived on the scene.

I admit, I’m kind of waffling between 3 and 4 stars with this one. I thought I would love this book, and at the story’s beginning, I did. I was really pulled in by the mystery – why did great-aunt Rose leave Julie only a key to a safe deposit box in Italy, while leaving Julie’s twin Janice everything else? Why did she keep their identities a secret and only divulge their real names and circumstances of their early life in Siena, Italy upon her death?

The further I read, the less compelled I becam
Tonya Leavitt
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Modern day Juliet finds her own Romeo while searching for the real Romeo and Juliet, who inspired Shakespeare's famous play. Basically you get two love stories for the price of one, told side by side and all wrapped up in history, mystery, family drama, tragedy, and sprinkled with Shakespeare. If I was on a hamster wheel with my last two reads (Fallen and Torment) then I was on a bullet train with this book and I had a fabulous trip!

Just can't complain about....Siena, Italy, the setting of this
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its been a while since I've read a book, where there's no biting during sex, or just no sex at all.. And its been a while since I've read a book, where there's not one single guy-on-guy make out scene.. (Yeah, dont ask ;) And its been even longer since I've read a book in Danish.. and I kinda wish I hadnt actually.. I didnt like the translation -at all- which is very strange considering that the author is from Denmark. I cant believe she approved this version, but whatever.. The translator was p ...more
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read alot of books, but rarely do I go out and purchase them. I had to wait a few days to decide what to rate this book. I knew I liked it ALOT, but I had to really think is it one that I would be comfortable to have on my book shelf. And after three days of not being able to get it out of my mind, I knew I would have to purchase this book.

I am not a huge Shakespeare fan, Yes I am aware of the classic's basic story line (thanks to high school English) but that is really all I ever got into. So
Just received my advanced copy. Can't wait to start.

The novel goes back and forth between a modern day love story and the original story about Romeo and Juliet which takes place in 1340 in Sienna. According to the book Shakespeare based his story of Romeo and Juliet on real people and changed the details and the setting from Sienna to Verona.
Juliet, who is the main character of the book, inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Sienna, Italy. She travels there to find her treasure and discov
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
"Juliet" is a story of everlasting and immortal love of Romeo and Juliette, but not as in Shakespeare’s tale. This is a a story within a story novel, the narrative switches between present day and the middle ages in 1340. Romance( in great amounts), mystery, history, treasure hunts, curses, suspense, adventure - all set in glorious Italy, in Siena (not Verona!).There are so many deceptive twists and turns in this entertaining novel, it's definitely a page-turner, and that is the reason why I gav ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What a mess of a book! I picked it up because I love the story and it even started well. A few pages in, I was disappointed. Fortier has a poor grasp of dialogue, especially medieval, and I soon found myself laughing at her serious conversations. The plot became ridiculous about half way through and by the end it was positively creaky with the scene in the sewers serving no purpose, except perhaps as a rather weak foreshadowing of what is to come. The relationship between the sisters veers all o ...more
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Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark, but immigrated to the United States in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2005). Her first novel in English, JULIET (2010), was published in over 30 countries and became a New York Times bestseller. Her next book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD (2014), will be out in ...more

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