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Anyone But You: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Kim Askew, Amy Helmes

I really enjoyed this book. Over all I found it entertaining, cute and a good update from the source material. 


So Anyone But You is a modern version of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare and just like any teenage girl I had a period of time where R&J was my favorite of his plays. That is until I found Macbeth, but that's a story for a different time.


R&J is a story that is pretty easy to adapt and use but what I like about this version is that the authors decided to dive in deeper than the surface story of two kids in love. They decided to give us the story of how the feud began in sequence with the main love story. They did this by switching between the stories every other chapter.


I loved the story that was told for the origin of the feud. It was a little predicable but was told in a way that kept you reading. The characters were well defined and you really connected with them.


The modern day teens were also lovable. Their story hit all the notes needed such as the party, the late night meeting, the sneaking around, the fight between our Romeo and our Tybalt (though without the death), etc.  I loved that the Nurse in this story was an old Italian chef. I thought that was adorable and a creative way to bring that character into the story.


Of course the suddenly we're crazy in love part of the story felt weird and rushed, but that was expected considering it is R&J. Though the characters, thankfully, didn't run off and get married. They do keep dating and are happily together at the end of the book.


Overall, I found it to be a lot of fun to read and I plan to check out the other books these authors have written.



**This book was provided to me free through NetGalley but the opinion expressed is my own.**