Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani PetroffRomeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff

Romeo & What's Her Name

byShani Petroff

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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In this fast-paced romance that combines flirty fun and situational comedy, a spunky heroine must navigate secret crushes, high school hijinks, and of course, Shakespeare.

Understudies never get to perform...which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly Shakespeare production is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda (the "real" Juliet) makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point, since Amanda would never miss her chance to be the star of the show.

Then Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star in the most famous scene from Romeo and Juliet opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?

Shani Petroff's Romeo and What's Her Name is a laugh-out-loud funny novel chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for Romeo and What's Her Name:

"This has all the hallmarks of a high-school romance: a swoon-worthy male lead, a requisite mean girl, and plenty of backstage dallying and wacky miscommunication. Flirty and fun." -Booklist

"Petroff's latest offering, published by Macmillan's crowdsourced imprint, will delight romance lovers with its fast pace and humorous tone." -School Library Journal

"[Emily is] the American Bridget Jones...this book is simply amazing!" -Jenn, reader on

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She is the author of Romeo and What's Her Name and the "Bedeviled" series, which includes Daddy's Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the "Destined" series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also ...
Title:Romeo & What's Her NameFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.22 × 5.47 × 0.63 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250111145

ISBN - 13:9781250111142


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Your typic High School Love Story, lots of embarrassment and Shakespeare Think of all the crazy and embarrassing things that happened when you were in High School! Add in a life-long crush on the boy next door, some Shakespeare, and a ridiculously fun grand gesture, and you have the basic plot of Romeo and What's Her Name? I personally liked this book because of how relatable all of the main characters are. Emily Stein the main character is a total klutz and lives in a constant state of self-embarrassment, but her best friends Jill and Kayla are always right there to have her back no matter the situation. There are moments where you feel like you know exactly what's going to happen next but somehow the book manages to surprise you here and there. I truly enjoy stories that have awesome friendships and Romeo and What's Her Name had one of the best ones I've read in a while! Emily's two best friends are so encouraging and understating, always there to back her up and pick her up when she's feeling down! I honestly don't think you could ask for better friends! Just be warned that the book might give you some serious secondhand embarrassment, but it will also have you laughing along with all the characters! It was a fun and silly Young Adult read and I truly enjoyed the book. Especially how quick and easy of a read the book was, at just 202 pages it was perfect for the rainy afternoon! I was light, fun and silly - perfect if you just need some good clean romantic fluff!
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and Fun with No Expectations After my last two recent reads (a tear-jerker and a murder mystery), I needed something light and fluffy. Romeo and What's Her Name gave me exactly that. With no expectations, this was such a fun read. Romeo and What's Her Name made me laugh so hard. I think I had such a great time reading it because I didn't have any expectations. The story was quick. It never dragged and there was no extra drama. Everything revolved around Emily and her crush on Wes. The fun really starts when Emily's "understudy" plan backfires. She's thrust into the spotlight to perform some Shakespeare with the boy of her dreams- all while not having memorized a single line of the play. Romantic? Not so much. Laugh-out-loud funny? Absolutely! Emily is a hilariously comical character. I admire all the effort she put into finding ways to spend more time around/with Wes (in the hopes he might like her back). She goofs around a lot but she has some of the most honest and down-to-earth reactions I've seen in contemporary books. Emily might be a little over the top but I love how much she owns her silliness. Her botched up Juliet performance earned her plenty of mockery but she bravely weathers all the sarcastic remarks. Of course, having supportive friends helped her deal with the embarrassments too. I adore stories with awesome friendship and Romeo and What's Her Name had the best one yet. Emily has two besties, both were understanding and encouraging. They giggled with her over Wes's hotness and picked her back up when she's feeling down. You couldn't ask for more amazing friends. This book may be a tad silly making you cover your face from embarrassment but it will also make you cover your mouth in laughter. If you're looking for a fun and easy time then I guarantee you'll find it with Romeo and What's Her Name ;)
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fluffy Goodness Disclaimer: I was sent an ARC of this book and decided to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion of the novel. There were some really cute things about this one, but there were other meh moments that I wasn't a huge fan of. I liked Emily, but her voice was kind of young for a junior in high school. I definitely could have done with a bit more conversations between her and her friends that weren't about boys as well. But I enjoyed myself while reading this so I don't have that many complaints. I thought that considering the summary reads that Emily will screw up at the play that it would be more of a focus than what it was. That plot point was over within the first 25% of the book and that left us with the age old "who will take me to the prom???" dilemma that most of these high school books usually fall into. Which was meh to me. Sure there were a lot of cute and funny moments, especially when Emily forgot her lines at the play, but otherwise I was meh about the whole situation tbh. I think if you're looking for good fluff and don't care too much about plot, then this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-01-31

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Romeo and What's Her Name:"This has all the hallmarks of a high-school romance: a swoon-worthy male lead, a requisite mean girl, and plenty of backstage dallying and wacky miscommunication. Spunky Emily has great friends beside her, and it's this, even more than her budding romance with Wes, that makes this a worthwhile read. Flirty and fun." - Booklist"Petroff's latest offering, published by Macmillan's crowdsourced imprint, will delight romance lovers with its fast pace and humorous tone. This sweet, lighthearted look at high school romantic foibles will be of particular interest to fans of books by Ann Brashares and Jennifer Echols." -School Library Journal"[Emily is] the American Bridget Jones...this book is simply amazing!" -Jenn, reader on"The characters, the pacing, the plot are all on point! Absolutely hilarious book!" -Sara, reader on"An amazing set up, authentic characters (who are definitely swoon worthy), and a dynamic storyline. What more could you want?" -Rain, reader on