Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Romeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff

Romeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
Romeo and What's Her Name
by Shani Petroff
February 7, 2017
224 pages

Goodreads Summary:
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 because 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?


After my last two recent reads (a tear-jerker and a murder mystery), I needed something light and fluffy. Romeo and What's Her Name gave me exactly that. With no expectations, this was such a fun read.

Romeo and What's Her Name made me laugh so hard. I think I had such a great time reading it because I didn't have any expectations. The story was quick. It never dragged and there was no extra drama. Everything revolved around Emily and her crush on Wes. The fun really starts when Emily's "understudy" plan backfires. She's thrust into the spotlight to perform some Shakespeare with the boy of her dreams- all while not having memorized a single line of the play. Romantic? Not so much. Laugh-out-loud funny? Absolutely!

Emily is a hilariously comical character. I admire all the effort she put into finding ways to spend more time around/with Wes (in the hopes he might like her back). She goofs around a lot but she has some of the most honest and down-to-earth reactions I've seen in contemporary books. Emily might be a little over the top but I love how much she owns her silliness. Her botched up Juliet performance earned her plenty of mockery but she bravely weathers all the sarcastic remarks. Of course, having supportive friends helped her deal with the embarrassments too.

I adore stories with awesome friendship and Romeo and What's Her Name had the best one yet. Emily has two besties, both were understanding and encouraging. They giggled with her over Wes's hotness and picked her back up when she's feeling down. You couldn't ask for more amazing friends.

This book may be a tad silly making you cover your face from embarrassment but it will also make you cover your mouth in laughter. If you're looking for a fun and easy time then I guarantee you'll find it with Romeo and What's Her Name ;)

4 Cats
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.


  1. I've heard some great things about this book, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! It sounds really cute and funny :) Fabulous review!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. This is definitely a book to make you laugh and just relax ;)


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