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Romeo & What's Her Name


For never was a story of more woe than crushing on a boy who doesn't know.

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  • Heat

    8 (54 ratings)

  • Tears

    3 (32 ratings)

  • Laughs

    8 (18 ratings)

  • Thrills

    8 (40 ratings)

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Understudies never get to perform... which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda aka the "real" Juliet makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point since Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?


Kayla pulled out her iPhone and held it up to me, a sly little smile on her face. “Okay, I’ll admit it, I kind of wanted to see your reaction for myself.”

“To what? I mean, I’m sorry Amanda’s in the hospital. But what does it have to do with me?”

“Think about it,” Kayla said.

Amanda and me? The only thing we had in common was the…

“No, no, no, no, no, no!” I jumped out of bed. “This can’t be happening. She can’t be in the hospital! Not tonight. This is not happening.”

But Kayla’s face told me it was.

Amanda Andrews was stuck in the hospital. That meant she couldn’t perform her Shakespeare scene tonight. So her understudy was going to have to go on in her place. The understudy who only had volunteered to get closer to Wes, aka Romeo Capulet… or Montague… or whichever last name was his, and to get some extra credit. The understudy who didn’t learn any of her lines because a) it was really hard b) she was too busy doing her other school work, her part-time job and all of Amanda’s chores and c) what was the point? UNDERSTUDIES NEVER GET TO PERFORM.

I was so dead.


"Petroff’s latest offering . . . will delight romance lovers with its fast pace and humorous tone. This sweet, lighthearted look at high school romantic foibles will be of particular interest to fans of books by Ann Brashares and Jennifer Echols." —School Library Journal

"Flirty and fun." —Booklist

"This book was absolutely adorable. ... There were so many great scenes in this book and when they butchered Shakespeare it was amazingly and funny-eth. If you are looking for the next great contemporary [young] adult book this is definitely something you have to pick up. Loved every second of it." —Addicted to Books

"[Emily is] the American Bridget Jones...this book is simply amazing!" —Jenn, Swoon Reader

"Such a sweet, funny love story. Petroff has a gift for writing romantic comedies." —Audrey, Swoon Reader

"An amazing set up, authentic characters (who are definitely swoon worthy), and a dynamic storyline. What more could you want?" —Rain, Swoon Reader

"I've always liked heroines who can laugh at themselves, and Emily will most likely rank as one of my most favorite YA heroines ever. Jill and Kayla are also spot on, I'd love to be friends with those girls :-) This is a unique story, and it has warmth and it has heart. " —Tin S., Swoon Reader

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