Romeo's Ex

Romeo's Ex

Rosaline's Story

Book - 2006
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Shakespeare's classic retold from another perspective

Rosaline won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she meets Benvolio. Where Romeo's words had been hollow and unfounded, Benvolio's are filled with sincerity and true love. Now Rosaline finds herself caught between her feelings, her ambition, and her family's long-standing feud with the Montagues.

When Romeo turns his affections toward Ros's cousin, Juliet, their relationship brings the feud of the two houses to a new level. Rosaline and Benvolio hatch a plan to bring peace to the two families. But will they succeed?

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805075007
Branch Call Number: YA FIEDLER
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Rosaline's story


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You know the story of Romeo and Juliet, but what about Rosaline? This tells the story of Shakepeare's classic from the point of view of another character.

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May 02, 2017


Sorry but I thought this book was terrible, with the weird Tybalt-is-a-ghost-watching-Romeo-and-Juliet-have-sex scene, and the fact that Romeo doesn't really die because they pump his stomach so he vomits up the poison while Rosalind and the Nurse discuss if they should try to give Juliet open heart surgery in the 15th century. Maybe if it was more plausible, I would've enjoyed it more.

AmandaVollmershausen May 09, 2012

I felt like this book was written in a way that targets an age group too young. The book proves to be much more meaningful if you've read and understood Romeo and Juliet first, but the way that this book is written is much too childlike for that kind of an audience. It was entertaining and thought provoking, but not realistic to Shakespearean literature or very deep reading.

crankylibrarian Sep 19, 2011

One of the better "reimaginings-of-Shakespeare-from-the-viewpoint-of-a-marginalized-female-character" genre. I always wondered what happened to Rosaline. She was clearly smarter than Romeo, ("O, she well knew thy love did read by rote, that could not spell".) I had this fantasy that while R&J were embracing the "love-devouring death" thang, Rosaline was secretly reconnoitering with Benvolio. Think about it: they are the only clear-eyed, level headed rationalists in a play full of melodrama queens. Why else is Ben so eager to put Romeo off Rosaline, yet so determined to crash the Capulet party? What are Ben and Roz up to while R&J are having their big meet-cute? Where the heck is the Nurse between the 3 hours when she leaves to find Romeo, ("the clock struck 9 when I did send the Nurse") and when she arrives, ("The bawdy hand of the dial is on the prick of noon")? Was she doing double duty, setting up an assignation between Rosaline and Benvolio perhaps?

Lisa Fiedler was clearly thinking along the same lines. Her Roz is a wanna-be "healer", (the only plausible career choice for your anachronistic, proto-feminist heroine). Romeo's rhyme-by-numbers love ditties don't thrill her, but Benvolio, a 21st century metrosexual in 13th century tights totally "gets" her. They may not speak in sonnets, but he fully respects her as an independent and self-actualized equal, with boundaries and a need for space; no stabbing or poison required. It may not be Shakespeare, but as a role model for teen girls, it ain't half bad.


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