Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Date Read: July 15th, 2014
Point of View: Single (Jemma Cafferty)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
In a Nut Shell...
A sweet romance with a nice twist on Romeo & Juliet. But a little slow and boring in my opinion.
Advance Reader Copy provided by Simon & Schuster
This is a cute and sweet romance with a twist on Romeo and Juliet. Instead of head over heel in love with each other like Romeo and Juliet did, Ryder and Jemma can't stand each other. However, their mothers have been trying to pair them up. And that's the twist, as their families are so close and they hope Jemma and Ryder will make their dream come true and unite the two families as one.
I loved this book, character wise. I liked Jemma's personalities. She was courageous (well, she was a great shooter) and kind of a rebel (I think that was the only quality she shared with the original Juliet.) As for Ryder, he was almost too perfect. He was a great friend, very supportive, and so adorable. Oh, and extremely dreamy.
At times, the story was a little boring. It wasn't too much that I wanted to stop reading and all that, but it was just enough that it took a while for me to finish the book. The story is divided into 3 acts. Act 1 shows the background story mostly. How the two families became so close, the start of Jemma and Ryder's rivalry, and Jemma got involved with the town bad-boy (-ish) Patrick (the Paris, just so you know.) Overall, part one was my least favorite. It was so weird (at least to me) how just a kiss could stir up almost half the town. Maybe it was because they lived in a small town. Whatever the reason, it was just a little unbelievable. Act 2 was probably my most favorite since a lot happened during this act. And the pace also did pick up as well. Act 3 was the sweetest. I really liked how the story was wrapped up. Very predicable, but still sweet.
In short, it is such a sweet romance. It's not too sappy, so I think those who are not that into romantic books might also find this enjoyable.