Why You Should Read 'Romeo and/or Juliet' by Ryan North

Why You Should Read 'Romeo and/or Juliet' by Ryan North

For lovers and haters of "Romeo and Juliet" alike.
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I've never been a big fan of works by Shakespeare, especially "Romeo and Juliet", but I have been a fan of choose-your-own-adventure type stories. That's the main reason I gave "Romeo and/or Juliet" by Ryan North a chance. I was interested in the idea of taking a classic and turning it on its head. I highly recommend giving this book a chance, even if you didn't like the original play.

One of the biggest differences in this book and the source material (other than all of the different endings you can get) is the humor. The writing style is updated to be more readable for this day and age, and the humor has been updated too. "Romeo and/or Juliet" doesn't take itself too seriously, despite being based off a literary classic. I found myself having a lot of fun reading it!

That being said, this book can be a very quick read if you want it to be. Some of the endings don't take more than a page or two to get to. I brought this book with me on a trip when I didn't have much time to read, and I finished it at least three times with different endings. It's very re-readable, as you get to pick if you want to read from the perspective of Romeo or Juliet, so starting over is a fun chance for another ending!

Along with many different endings, the book has lots of fun and charming illustrations intertwined within the plots. I can only imagine how much work went into putting this book together with how many different artists put their work into it! The illustrations only add to this unique story.

In the end, you get to chose how the story ends. You can either follow the path that Shakespeare had the play go, or you can go completely wild with your choices. It's more interactive for me as a reader, and it really gets me into the headspace of the story. If you're looking for some light, humorus reading, I highly recommend this book.

Cover Image Credit: Noelle Stevenson on romeoandorjuilet.com

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10 Must-See Shots From Down In Coachella Valley

These will make you regret that you weren't there; or make you irritated that you just can't afford tickets
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is arguably one of the most hyped up music festivals of all time. Certainly festival classics like Woodstock make Coachella look like a mere millennial blowout, but the fashion, music, and art on display over these three weekends in Indio, California is unlike any other. Many say that the beloved annual festival is all about social media status and the killer photos that come with the desert experience, so here are some of my favorite shots from weekend two.

1. @lindsaymariebrewer


2. @graysondolan

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3.@helenowen

Another year here with you 🎡🎵 @zackkalter #REVOLVEfestival @revolve
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4. @lizakoshy

gotta run to see beyoncé. ill cardi b there.
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5. @jamescharles

COACHELLA NINJA 🗡
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6. @laurenelizabeth

Aaaaand we’re out 🌵 #RevolveFestival @revolve
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7. @bryant

Day 3 at Coachella ✅ Had a blast meeting so many new people this weekend!
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8. @kercardoso

QUE #SquadUnico é esse Brasil? 😱❤️ que orgulho de ter todas vocês com a @unicobr na #UnicoHouseCoachella! sem palavras para a nossa sintonia, profissionalismo e autenticidade, cada uma com sua identidade ⭐️💖⭐️ @brenda @liviabrasilc @agatha @marinaferrarig click @karinecamposs
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9. @bryant

Day 1 at Coachella ✅ Gonna be shooting again saturday + sunday- find me! 📸
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10. @claudiasulewski

the guy in the top right corner is a big mood🤸🏻♂️ #revolvefestival wearing @lpa @revolve
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Living vicariously through these festival goers can get us through this Monday, right? I sure hope so.

Cover Image Credit: @andrewruiz

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Top 5 Favorite Childhood Cartoons

"What's up, Doc?"
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Do you remember watching cartoons when you were young? You would wake up on Saturdays and eat your breakfast while watching your favorite toon. I remember quite well because I would wake up super early to catch my favorite cartoon before I went to school or even the weekends. Well, if you remember that feeling of watching the opening of your favorite cartoon(s), then get ready to go down memory lane and feel that feeling again. I am about to list some of my favorite cartoons and maybe you will relate.

1)Tom and Jerry – It is the classic cat and mouse cartoon. Tom, the cat trying to catch and make a meal out of Jerry, the clever mouse. It will never get old and will remain a classic for a long, long time.If you ask anyone what their favorite cartoon was or is, it will most likely be this one.

2)Looney Toons – “What’s up, Doc?” This is the most popular phrase of all time and associated with this series, spoken by Bugs Bunny. Let’s not forget Daffy, Tweety, Tasmanian Devil, Porky Pig, and more. These characters will have you laughing until your stomach hurts. If you are a true fan of cartoons, then you will never forget this. This animated series has even though funny but they did portray some societal issues through their characters in a clever way.

3)Courage the Cowardly Dog – Who can forget the pink dog who is paranoid and lands himself in weird situations on the farm he lives on with his owners, Eustace and Muriel. He is always saving them from freaky creatures on the farm. If you were young and watched this, you were surely scared because the creatures were very freaky looking but you cheered Courage on to save his owners.

4)Arthur – You remember this show because you probably did not have cable. So one of the channels you could access was PBS Kids. This boy dealt with everything a child his age dealt with like: homework, friends, school, and annoying little sisters. This series aired in the morning and afternoon so you know you were skipping doing your homework to watch what Arthur and his friends were up to this episode.

5)The Powerpuff Girls – The trio sisters with super powers, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles who were created by Professor Utonium in a lab. They save Townsville from villains like Mojo Jojo, Him, and Gangreen Gang. Also, you and friends argued over who was Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, Personally, I loved Bubbles!

Well, there you go! These are my top 5 favorite animated series, which make me happy everytime, I watched them. I still do when they air on their respective channels like PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.

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