Shakespeare’s plays weren’t meant to be read. They were meant…to be played.
What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? This choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet—packed with fun puzzles, secrets, and quadrillions of possible storylines—lets you decide where the plot goes every time you read. You might play as Romeo, or as Juliet, or as both of them at the same time. You might even unlock additional playable characters!
That’s right. We figured out how to have unlockable characters in books.
Choose your own adventure books are great. You have a book, and you get to choose (sort of) what happens! What more could you want?
Well, apparently not ALL choose your own adventure books live up to the hype. Who could’ve guessed?
I was pretty let down by this book. At first it seemed funny and charming, but that soon got old… and tbh, kind of annoying.
It felt like this whole book was meant for 5th graders, only it talked a lot about sex (or at least the paths I were led down talked about that?). The “humor” wasn’t really funny to me. It felt like it was trying to hard. It kind of reminded me of a situation where a teen’s parents is trying to be “hip” with/around them. It’s kind of painful. Please stop.
While “reading” this book (or whatever you call it), I played as both Romeo and Juliet. I went through it quite a few times. I died happily and painfully and sadly. But no matter what I did, I couldn’t get past the first 100 pages. LIKE WHAT ARE ALL THOSE OTHER PAGES FOR? WHAT AM I DOING WRONG???? I seriously don’t get it. And after an hour, I got seriously tired of trying.
Honestly, this book really didn’t do much for me. It was super entertaining for the first half hour, and then I could barely stand it anymore. After playing through four or five times, I decided enough was enough.
Also, can we talk about Romeo and Juliet for a second? I get that Ryan North is trying to make this funny and entertaining, but the characters are kind of going a bit overboard. They both feel like a clashing of clichés that JUST DON’T WORK. I don’t get who thought that was a good idea. I mean… I guess it makes them original? Maybe it helps explain some of the paths you can choose? I don’t know guys…. just felt weird to me.
I do have to say, though, that the art in this book was amazing. I flipped through the book and was amazed at the variety of styles and beauty of all the pieces. Just feel like I have to put that out there.
Now for the real question: Does that count as a DNF?
I say no, because even though I was stuck in the first 100 pages, I did get 4 or 5 full stories, beginning to end. So I’m counting that as a read. Just not a very good one….
I would recommend this book to younger teens who don’t really like sitting through a whole book. This is quick, fun (for short periods of time), and entertaining. It’s also full of that going-though-puberty-everything-sexual-is-a-hoot humor.
I am going to give Romeo and/or Juliet two out of five hearts.