You know, I’m usually pretty into devouring Romeo and Juliet retellings–they always end up being infinitely better than the original–but, I gotta be honest Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan isn’t really selling itself to me. I’m not sure what, exactly, it is about this book that I’m not into but I’m just…not. And, to be fair, I’ve read and seen a crazy number of Romeo and Juliet retellings so maybe I’m just not in the mood at the moment? Who knows.
From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop. Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life. Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them—that is, when they’re even paying attention. They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible…unless they manage to keep it a secret. Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?
Do you like Romeo and Juliet retellings?
Which is your favorite?
Think you’ll read this one?
Let me know in the comments (I legit almost typed comics, I think I’m overtired)!