Everyone who reads my blog will know by now that I’m a HUGE fan of Jennifer Lauren’s writing and so of course I’m working my way through her books. One that I was particularly attracted to was Falling for Romeo and I finished it within a couple of hours. At 197 pages, Falling for Romeo is a quick read but it certainly packs a punch! I enjoyed it from start to finish and couldn’t put it down.
Falling for Romeo is essentially about Jennifer and John, two teenagers who have lived next door to each other for forever and basically grown up together. Only their relationship changed a few years back when John became popular and they don’t socialise with each other anymore. Suddenly they find themselves in the lead roles of the latest school play which just happens to be Romeo and Juliet. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KISS! Can they become friends again? Or maybe more than just friends? Is it purely coincidence that they happened to land the lead roles?
I loved this book, everything from the plot to the main characters. It reminded me of my own school days as I was in a lot of theatre productions and once auditioned for a lead role just because of a boy. Actually, I chickened out of auditioning for the main role and ended up in the chorus but I still got to be near him. Oh dear, how I would do things sooo differently now. Anyhow, I digress. I really enjoyed the relationship between Jennifer and John, having grown up together, how they knew so much about each other which wasn’t always a good thing as they could use that information to hurt each other. There was a lot of witty banter going on between them but also a bit of “I hate you but I don’t know why”. At times I wanted to bang their heads together. I think you know where this is going but even though you may guess the destination, it’s still worth sticking around for the journey!
I’m still thinking about this book now and I loved John’s character – how although he was hot and popular, he wasn’t arrogant or mean. And he was humble at times as reflected in the red cheeks that surfaced every now and then.
Jennifer Laurens has admitted that this book is based on her real life experiences and I would just LOVE to know the real story. I would say this book reminds me of a modern twist on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It certainly shared some similarities and indeed the book is mentioned throughout so it’s not hiding that fact.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it took me right back to my school days. If you want to read a book you won’t be able to put down, this is it.
Jennifer Laurens has also written other novels such as the very wonderful Heavenly series, Magic Hands, Nailed and A Season of Eden. She has her own website which you can visit by clicking here and from there you can access the blog for Jennifer's musings and regular contests. Jennifer is also active on Twitter and facebook.