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Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,019 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Shakespeare's classic retold from another perspective

Rosaline won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she meets Benvolio. Where Romeo's words had been hollow and unfounded, Benvolio's are filled with sincerity and true love. Now Rosaline finds herself caught between her feelings, her ambition, and her family's long-standing
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Aug 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Anne Osterlund
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rosaline is NOT in love with Romeo—that simpering, lovesick, ANNOYANCE. In fact, she has no interest in falling in love or getting married or any of that. Nope. She’s going study medicine. Commit herself to science. And she isn’t going to waste her time on the feud between her family, the Capulets, and their archenemy, the Montagues, either.

She really couldn’t care less about of the Montagues.

That is . . . she couldn’t until the brawl. Where she gets hit on the head. And rescued.

And now, well,
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I COMPLETELY loved this book! I loved Rosaline' s perspective; it was such a fine twist on Shakespear' s classics Romeo and Juliet
Sep 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who wanted to feel okay about going blind and not being able to read books any more.
Recommended to Cindy by: nobody -- the misleading cover made it sound interesting
What's most impressive about this book is how many of my pet peeves it manages to combine in one place. The despicable "romantic" hero who has slept with every woman in town but says it will be different with this girl because now it's not just about sex, the obnoxious "plucky" heroine who anachronistically wants to have a career before starting a family, the incredibly annoying first-person, present-tense narration with shifting narrators, the pseudo-profound imagery that immature writers ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
First impressions: The author is trying to do some interesting things with language and modernizing the adaptation. However, the historical fact info-dump, the over-the-top modern representation of Rosaline, and some wild plot events all detract from the novel. Full review to come.
Aerin O'Reilly
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
The more I mull this one over, the more I dislike it.

Any sort of literary pastiche is, in essence, fanfic. It goes back to Dante and beyond, no shame in that. Some great work has come from reworking the stories of others. But Romeo's Ex is less "Baker Street Irregulars" and more "message board that's probably going to give you spyware."

The premise certainly had potential, but Rosaline just ends up being Juliet But Better: older, prettier, wiser, braver. She's a Capulet too, but all three
Lady Knight
Wow! I expected so much more out of this one! While I still do think that the cover art is absolutely gorgeous, the text inside is rather pitiable. While I respect the attempt, using quasi-Shakespearian language half the time mixed in with more modern sounding dialogue was a lost cause. It came off as ridiculously funny, which I rather fancy was unintended ("'Tis not thou...'tis I" (pg. 20) -- laughable, yes?). Too, in my opinion, one should either stick closely to Shakespeare's story or be very ...more
"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." We all know the tragic story of the young, star-crossed lovers. But what of Rosaline? What is her story? What role did she play in this famous drama? Never actually seen in Shakespeare’s play, she is nonetheless extremely important. For if not for Romeo’s crush on her, he would never have crashed the Capulet masquerade ball in the first place.

If true beauty comes from within, then Rosaline is truly a beautiful person. She is
Feb 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nerd, young-adult, 2008
We never actually see or hear from Rosaline in Shakespeare's play, but she's still an important character; without her, none of the other action would have occurred.

This book imagines the story from Rosaline's perspective, how she reacted to Romeo's declarations of love, how she felt about the Capulet-Montague feud, how she helped the young lovers.

The language is that of the 16th century (though not in verse), so it could prove troublesome for less dedicated readers. I liked running into lines
C.O. Bonham
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I thought that it was interesting the way the author worked in more plays by adding Characters from both "Twelvth night" and "The Taming of the Shrew." Though it is true that Patruchio is indeed from Veronia anyway and so was not hard to work in.

But I did not like the lack of Continuity. Juliet's sleeping potion is the same one from Fiedler's earlier book "Dating Hamlet." But in that book the potiion needed a waking potion to counteract it; instead in this book Juliet merely awakens on her own.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
For those of you who despise spinoffs, don't worry. I totally understand your sentiments, but this story is different. There's something about the way it's written that grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The author puts a twist on the original ending of the story, and it really gets the reader thinking. I like how the story is told, not from the lovestruck fools' point of view, but from the point of view of Rosaline - the sensible young woman mentioned in the beginning of the traditional ...more
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
My sister's choice, but I thought it looked intriguing (ignore the somewhat lame title). It was well written overall and makes good use of both Shakespearean language/humor (does get edgy) and the Romeo and Juliet story. My main criticism is that it gets chaotic (especially as the Romeo and Juliet story hits its dramatic point), switching between perspectives and changing directions a little too often, and sometimes the characters are a bit inconsistent (although I do like the way she ...more
Isabelle Mortensen
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF before page 50; the attempted Elizabethan style of speech was clunky, often trying to Shakespeare-ize modern expressions with poor results. Also, it was kind of annoying making Rosaline a healer's apprentice, mostly because it seems like that's the only 'independent-minded lady' job that seems to show up in these period YAs; it's a tired trope now. I liked that Romeo was portrayed as kind of an idiot instead of the Great Romantic Hero, but after picking up hints of increasing silliness from ...more
Monica ४
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
A retelling that is still filled with tragedy, but with a charming twist. Also I'm Rosaline/Benvolio trash so of course I enjoyed it.
E. Sorg
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Shakespeare re-tellings. I love it when a tale gets re-vamped and a second chance. "Romeo's Ex" was excellently written, with a lovely twist on Shakespearean verse turned into prose and appropriate use of actual Shakespeare quotes in the text. It isn't easy to write like Shakespeare, so mad props there.

As for content, I love the idea of adding to Rosaline's story. She did seem to get something of a short straw in "Romeo and Juliet." She's mentioned a few times, never actually appears in
Julia via Stylish in the Stacks
Ugh, I couldn’t stand this one. Especially the changed ending to the play. Weak.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really love the story and POV but I think the should be a little more action
Rebecca Lien
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This would be an amazing teaching tool. It exemplifies the themes found in Romeo and Juliette by Shakespeare but it does not glorify the tragic ideas that Romeo and Juliette's story does.

Tarot CArd: The Sasuraibito - Nine of Swords

The idea of having no one listen to the main character or the main character not listening to the people around them.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: High school and up

The story is familiar: Verona, Italy. 1595. Spring is turning to summer. Romeo is sixteen, Juliet, just thirteen. But this time we hear their story from Roseline, the sixteen-year-old beauty who became Romeo's first infatuation.

It begins when a young nobleman brings a wounded friend to a healer's cottage. The healer is away but her student, Roseline, is able to help. When about to leave, the nobleman asks her name, then gives her his: Romeo of the House of Montague. But she already know that.
Lily (WhoLockian)
Jan 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
* Hardcover: 256 pages
* Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 19, 2006)
* ISBN-10: 0805075003
* Author: Lisa Fiedler
* Cover art: Love the cover art.
* Overall rating * out of 5 stars
* Obtained: My personal book shelf

Romeo's Ex by Lisa Fiedler
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
Rosaline won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she meets Benvolio. Where Romeo's words had been hollow and unfounded, Benvolio's are filled
Dec 29, 2013 marked it as finished-stand-alone
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Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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One of the better "reimaginings-of-Shakespeare-from-the-viewpoint-of-a-marginalized-female-character" genre. I always wondered what happened to Rosaline. She was clearly smarter than Romeo, ("O, she well knew thy love did read by rote, that could not spell".) I had this fantasy that while R&J were embracing the "love-devouring death" thang, Rosaline was secretly reconnoitering with Benvolio. Think about it: they are the only clear-eyed, level headed rationalists in a play full of melodrama ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book “Romeo’s Ex: Rosaline's Story” by Lisa Fiedler was quite a good book. In this book you had more than one perspective to look forward to, there was Rosaline, Benvolio, Tybalt, Mercutio, and Romeo, all these perspectives are so different and they show what each character is feeling. In about 60 pages into the book (SMALL SPOILER ALERT) it shows the fight of the Capulets and the Montagues and tells of what Rosaline did, saving a boy's life in the brawl, Benvolio saves her and Mercutio ...more
This is a fairly straight re-telling of the Romeo and Juliet story from the perspective of Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, Romeo's first love. Rosaline has no interest in Romeo, and in fact no interest in love, as she wants to become a healer. As the story unfolds, Rosaline gets entangled with Mercutio and Benvolio (her forced confusion between the two seems to make little sense, plotwise, as it doesn't go very far), as well as her cousin's tragic tale.

This book blew hot and cold for me, though
Mary Alex
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had just finished reading this wonderful retelling of Romeo and Juliet called "Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story". Even though I had read it several times before, I thought with 2016 going away, I might as well reread "Romeo's Ex" and chime in 2017 with it.

Even though most of the story is from aspiring healer and Romeo's one time lady love, Rosaline's (she is also Juliet's cousin in this reinterpretation) POV, it also has the point of view of others, such as Mercutio, Romeo's late best friend and
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The writing was excellent. I especially liked when Rosaline was telling the story.

The problem was, rather than being Rosaline's story, it ended up being overshadowed quite often with Romeo and Juliet's. The changes in point of view didn't help, certainly not when Romeo or Tybalt were involved. Except for Romeo early on, which was about Rosaline, the rest was all about Juliet. Tybalt's ghost followed Juliet around, not Rosaline. I actually have some issue with Tybalt's ghost's point of view...

May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lisa Fiedler is the author of a number of popular young adult novels, including two retellings of a Shakespearean story from the female point of view, Dating Hamlet and Romeo's Ex. She lives in Connecticut with her family.