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?
There’s a lot that I liked about this book. It was fun, witty and a nice spin on Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. The things I didn’t like about it where nitpicky, but still bothered me throughout the course of the book. One of those things was instalove.
In a way, I can see how it’s easy to write instalove. Especially when authors get excited about their characters and the plot and the rush of a new book, some people tend to speed by the realistic part of it all and get to the main stuff. It’s understandable, and in some books it
kinda, sorta, maybe works. What I mean by that is when two people were made for each other, like with Max and Dylan in NEVERMORE.
So I can see how it could work in ROMEO AND JULIET. I mean–as soon as Romeo saw Juliet, he shoved everything else out of his mind. It truly was instalove between the two of them, so you could say that this book is closer to the original because of the instalove, but I still wish that more time could’ve been dedicated to their relationship, because things just seemed to go through the motions right in the middle of the book.
Despite the fact that I think ROMEO AND JULIET is overrated, (I’ll go off on a tangent if I try to explain all the reasons why) and I didn’t quite accept the instalove in this book, it still was a fun, quick little read that had a nice ending that I enjoyed.
Overall, this was a good story and if you’re willing to look past the instalove, I think a lot of people will really enjoy this story. Fans of the TWISTED LIT series and both Kim Askew and Amy Helmes will not be disappointed. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 224
Series: Twisted Lit
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