Review of Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Review: When I first even heard about this book i was already half in love with it. I mean come on! What other young adult books are there that have this kind of diversity?

I think another reason why I was falling hard for this book after I heard about it was because of the Jewish culture that would be featured, since I myself am Jewish. Don’t get me wrong I love to read all types of book-especially young adult, but not a lot is out there with main characters that are like these ones.

I was surprised when I got the book because it was so small, and as I found out later… poetry. Which was something a little new that i got to read, which was really great! As I was reading the book I could totally tell that the author did have a lot of knowledge and did a lot of research to make sure that the book was on point.

The only thing that prevented me from loving this book completely was the ending… Which kind of just tampered off at the end. Leaving me to wounder what the heck happened to our main characters, like did they end up together? Are they okay on their own? And just about everything else under the sun.

Favorite Quote: It’s just too hard to choose.

Would I? Buy this book for friends on a whim? YES. Recommend this book to everyone I know? YES!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Hardcover, 192 pages.

Young Adult. Romance. Retelling. Contemporary. Poetry. 

Published February 21st 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books.

SummaryThis beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.

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