This was a book Mr. Curiosity found recently at the library. He had picked up To Be or Not To Be (a choose-your-own adventure version of Hamlet) last year and really enjoyed it. So, when he saw there was another similar book, he grabbed it.
Genre: choose your own adventure fiction
Length: there are 476 pages in the book, but you’ll never read all of them
Setting: the world of Romeo and Juliet, which bounces around in time, depending on which adventure path you take
Summary: This is a grown-up version of a choose-your-own adventure book. Ostensibly, it’s about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In fact, if you follow all the heart choices, you can retell Shakespeare’s version of the story. But, North adds many other options to the potential outcome of the story, including telling the story from either Romeo or Juliet’s point of view. How will you choose to die today?
Final thoughts: This is such a fun book. There is tons of snark and humor that had me laughing out loud on the one version I tried. Mr. Curiosity kept going back to the book, trying to find the most outlandish way to die. Many of the endings are mundane, but each ending gets an illustration. Mr. Curiosity enjoyed flipping through the book to see the different endings, but got frustrated trying to choose his way to the more interesting stories (like the Nurse Quest, or the choose-your-own adventure book within the book). It’s a lot of fun to just pick up and play with, and would make an interesting accompaniment for anyone studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Title comes from: I love how North was able to take the traditional title of the Shakespeare play the book is based on and indicate it’s a choose-your-own adventure story.
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