So you think you know the story of Romeo and Juliet? I mean...of course you do! You likely had to read it for some English Lit class. Or you've seen the movie starring that one dude from Titanic. But quick wrap-up: It's a classic tragedy about two hormonal teenagers who disobey their parents to be together...and end up killing each other in the process. Like, literally.
But what if you DON'T know the whole story? What if Juliet had run away from that fateful party to instead go to the pub (and wrestle lions)? What if Romeo had just talked to Juliet's parents like a civil, sane person instead of sneaking around behind their backs? Or had just gone out to breakfast with his cousin, Benvolio (because HELLO! breakfast is awesome)? What if these two "star-crossed lovers" never even met?
Or what if there was time travel involved? Or ninjas? Or laser-eyed robots? Or zombies? Vampires? Werewolves? Well-meaning parents who want to have "The Talk" (OMG, the horror!)?
Or *GASP* a Happily Ever After?
Seriously, the possibilities are endless. It's like one of those Alternate Universes thingies that make even the most uber-intelligent physicists say, "Woah..." and stare blankly off into space.
This is what you'll get with Ryan North's extremely entertaining book, Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure. That's right. A Choose Your Own Adventure Shakespeare. This exceptional book takes the classic tragedy and turns it on its ear, drop-kicks it out the window of a speeding car, and then tosses it into a blender along with a pound of mutton and a few dozen eggs to make a protein shake (which Juliet then drinks). And the result is awesome!
Romeo and/or Juliet is just as awesome as William Shakespeare's Star Wars, if not better. Because YOU, the reader, get to decide the course of the story. And if you still don't like the (new) ending... Well, begin anew with different choices.
But your first choice (and it's a good choice) is to pick this book up and read it. Because NOT doing so is the only tragic choice.--AJB