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Blurb (from Goodreads):
This beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.
Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“so I know
she thinks of me
as a man
who would lift her skirt
and love her,
not the foolish boy
thinks I am.”
This was a YA contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
Ronit and Jamil were both okay characters, but at times it was really hard to know whose viewpoint I was reading from, as the chapters weren’t labelled with the character’s names.
The storyline in this was about Ronit and Jamil meeting once and having feelings for one another. They then found ways to meet in secret and began a romance. I did find the lack of the character’s names at the start of each chapter irritating though, and I lost interest as the story went on.
The ending to this was okay, and a non-traditional ending for a Romeo and Juliet story. I was pleased to be finished though.
6 out of 10