Romeo And/Or Juliet
Ryan North

Any negatives I may have mentioned about this book in my review are minor. You either like Shakespeare or you don't, and you're not going to engage with this sort of thing unless you think you'll appreciate the playfulness of this book.

I think the book strikes the right balance between paying homage to the original text, and appealing to a modern audience. I'm also going to go out on a limb to say that a student reading this might actually learn something, assuming they have already read the original play. The digressions often assume the reader has knowledge of Shakespeare, and for a motivated student these could form the basis of further reading. The satirical elements of the book also raise critical questions concerning the text in ways that are far more appealing than academic readings or crib notes. For its fun, and potential insights, I would certainly recommend this book

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