Monday, October 3, 2016
Book Review: "Romeo and/or Juliet" by Ryan North
That's right. Ryan North has reimagined Romeo and Juliet as a choose-your-own-adventure story. You can play as either Romeo or Juliet and make choices along the way. Your choices can lead down many different paths... maybe Romeo pretends to be a maid and that's how he meets Juliet, maybe Juliet runs away and gets drunk in a bar and never meets Romeo.... maybe Juliet becomes a pirate instead. There are so many different possible outcomes that after several readings I don't think I've reached even a tenth of the total.
And these are funny! The exaggerated characters are hilarious, and turn this into a game almost. My son has been reading this for days and keeps chuckling at whatever ending he's come to this time. It really is a pretty clever concept (though quite gimmicky of course). I believe the author is making a bit of a series like this as I saw a To Be or Not To Be at the bookstore recently.
There are cartoonish illustrations at the end of each path, which is fun too. It is kind of like a reward for finishing, even though you are probably just going to go and start over again!
This is a fun little diversion that you can control. Fun for all ages! (At least tween and up - I didn't see anything all that objectionable as a parent, but I didn't read it all either).
Romeo and/or Juliet
by Ryan North
Riverhead Books, 2016