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BLOG TOUR --- Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff [Review & Giveaway]

Title: Romeo & What's Her Name
Author(s): Shani Petroff
Edition: Paperback, eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
1/30/2017 - BookHounds YA - Interview
1/31/2017 - YA and Wine - Review
2/1/2017 - Bookwyrming Thoughts - Guest Post
2/2/2017 - Literary Dust - Review
2/3/2017 - Owl Always Be Reading - Review

Week Two:
2/6/2017 - Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Interview
2/7/2017 - Brittany's Book Rambles - Guest Post
2/8/2017 - Eli to the nth - Review (ME!)
2/9/2017 - A Gingerly Review - Excerpt
2/10/2017 - Cutting Muse Blog Review - Review

The Summary

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,

b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and

c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show. 

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?

My Opinion

Romeo & What's Her Name transported me right back to high school, where a good chunk of my daily gossip consisted of boys, boys, boys.  Emily is a cute, bubbly, klutzy protagonist that you can't to cheer for on her quest to find the courage to just speak to her major crush Wes!

I will say that unless you can take your "adult" mind out of the reading, you may not like this book; it is very much a book for teenagers.  But that is what I absolutely loved.  I have been around friends who have acted exactly like Emily, thinking up crazy ideas to get near their crushes, and that is what I really enjoyed about this book.  I love that Emily, who isn't very good at English to begin with, is like "Yes!  Becoming the understudy for Juliet, one of Shakespeare's most well-known heroines, will work perfectly!"  And, as you may have guessed, it doesn't!

Of course, this kooky plan is supported by Emily's gals.  That, over all else, is what really clinched the book for me.  I am a sucker for tight, supportive, girl-power friendships.  Emily and her gals give me a feeling of my tight knit group in high school; we were just as boy-crazy and very silly because of it.  They stick by Emily no matter what happens, proving that no matter how boy-crazy girls can be, their friends are more important.

The romance is adorable, and the leading man, Wes, has been Emily's crush since they were in grade school!  Talk about fanning a flame.  During the romance, you don't learn much about Wes individually as a person, just how Emily sees him.  This is the one area that I wished was more developed.  I love a romance, but I want more than just "He's super hot and super nice!".

A great book to pick up just in time for Valentine's Day, Romeo & What's Her Name is a quick, fun, light-hearted romance that's sure to bring a smile to your face.

Final Rating

About the Author

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City.  She's the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.


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