Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 21, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Retelling
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This beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.
Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are most excited about. This week’s I-can’t-wait book is Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin. This young adult retelling will be out February 21, 2017, by Katherine Tegen Books.
Waiting on Wednesday
Why We’re Waiting
Talk about relevant. One reason I love retellings is because you get the story you know (in this case Romeo and Juliet) but in a context that is relevant to the time period it is written. I’m sure this book is going to tear my heart out. My hope is that the author decides to change the traditional ending of Romeo and Juliet, or else it’ll be a rather sad book. Regardless, I think this is going to be a great read. I can’t wait to get to know these two characters and see this modern day struggle play out. Bring on the forbidden romance!
So, what book are YOU waiting for this week?