Book Review: Anyone But You: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Twisted Lit #3) by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

The Montes love Italian food. And they hate the Caputos, That's how it is. It's been that way for sixty years. Every time the Caputos start to get a reputation for great pizza (and who knows? It could be better than the Montes!) there's "an accident" and Cap's is knocked back on its knees. What nobody knows is that the family teenagers are sick of their parents acting like schoolyard bullies, when nobody even remembers why the fight started! Gigi Caputo and Roman Monte, the son and daughter, are secretly in love. Determined to put a stop to their parents' vicious feud, they risk their parents' livelihood and their own lives. In this nod to Romeo and Juliet, will love win? Or vendetta?

Release Date: January 18, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

Anyone But You was a fun read.  I liked that it's a modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet.  The story was engaging and had a few great surprises along the way.  

I liked the alternating points-of-view: at first, I thought the narrators would be Gigi and Roman, but instead they were Gigi and Dominick Monte.  Dominick's story occurs during the time of WWII, so the chapters alternated between present-day Chicago and flashbacks.  I loved that!  I love historical fiction and to read about the start of the two restaurants, set in the years of WWII, made the story more interesting to me.  

I found Anyone But You to feel a little predictable.  I think it would be impossible for it not to feel predictable, as everyone knows how the story of Romeo  and Juliet goes.  But, the authors changed some things up and the book ended much differently than I had expected.  

The conflict resolution was perfect for the story and led to a great ending.  I finished this book with a smile on my face.  I would definitely read this series and these two authors again. 


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