Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Romeo and/or Juliet’ by Ryan North

Romeo and or Julier Cover Ryan NorthWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick, we went a different route with Ryan North’s Romeo and/or Juliet, a choose-your-own adventure version of Shakespeare’s most famous romance Romeo and Juliet!

Remember North’s previous novel To Be or Not to Be, the hilarious choose-your-own adventure version of Hamlet? It’s just like that.

You can play as Romeo, Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s nurse or a fourth character that you have to unlock. That’s right, North and his team figured out how to add a secret playable character. Into a book.

Romeo and/or Juliet is available for pre-order now and will be released on June 7, 2016.

We can’t wait to play as teens who don’t get overly dramatic and kill themselves!

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, Noelle 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.

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4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Romeo and/or Juliet’ by Ryan North

    • The first book in the series (based on Hamlet) was a huge success on Kickstarter so I was super excited to see Ryan North and his team were working on another one.

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