The New York Times bestseller from the author of How to Invent Everything and To Be or Not To Be
Romeo loves Juliet. Or Rosaline. And Juliet loves Romeo. Or Viola. Or Orlando. It's Shakespeare as you've never played him before.
In this choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet, you choose where the story goes every time you read! What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, lots of epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionable decision-making by very emotional teens.
All of the endings—there are over a hundred—feature beautiful illustrations by some of the greatest artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, ND Stevenson, Randall Munroe, and Jon Klassen.
Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns, and more than a billion possible storylines, Romeo and/or Juliet offers a new experience every time you read it. You can choose to play as Romeo or Juliet (obviously) but you can also play as both of them, or as Juliet's nurse, or, if you're good, you can even unlock a fourth playable character! That's right. We figured out how to have unlockable characters in books. Choose well, and you may even get to write the world's most awkward choose-your-own sex scene.
North follows up on his previous choose-your-own-adventure Shakespeare, To Be or Not to Be, with another zany tale. North begins by explaining that this is the original work that Shakespeare plagiarized; it was "lost until recently" but that the author found it "just over there... Someone had put a coat over it." The reader can choose to follow Shakespeare's story, which is told in modern teen-speak sprinkled with more classical phrases and occasional extended passages of amazing iambic pentameter. Choosing this path, of course, leads to the untimely death of both protagonists in a crypt in Verona, but other paths lead to "happily ever after in Mantua," patrolling the streets of Verona in giant mechanical suits, or dying at the hands of ninjas and punks. The possibilities are certainly vast and there are great illustrations by a panoply of talented artists to tempt readers down other plot lines. There are even chances to play as other characters, and to choose your own sex scene. This book will provide readers with hours of somewhat twisted Shakespearean fun.