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Tweak it and it would be perfect
I liked the premise for this novel, but what I didn't like was the overt spoon-feeding. I think the story could have been stronger if we weren't supposed to know from the off that this was a remake of Romeo and Juliet. It would have been nice to have the names not such blatant copies. 'Rose, Rob and Juliet' just felt shoe-horned in there and didn't feel natural. The characters never seemed to own the names in their own right. It would have been nice to have been left to deduce those parallels for yourself. Isn't one of the high points of reading that little reward of smugness when you spot your own parallel to a classic? It might not make you intelligent, but it will make you feel that way. When they made the film Clueless, they did a great job of sticking to Jane Austen's Emma and bringing it bang up to date without having to sky-write that it was based on the classic. OK, so big rant over. I still give it four stars, because unconvincing character names aside, there is some brilliant writing in here. Rebecca Searle must have dug deep for this one because she recreates with amazing accuracy the feeling of losing your first love. I ached for Rose; it brought so many memories of my teenage self back that I had to reach for the tissues. She writes the tender and painful aspects of relationships very well and this was a huge strength to the novel. The story itself is great, too, and not just because she is ripping off Romeo and Juliet. She captures a lot of the complexities of love and belonging that modern teenagers have to navigate, and also the delicate and widely neglected issues of mental health