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Romiette and Julio

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Romiette and Julio

So, is it true you can find your true love if you send for a kit you find at the back of a magazine? Or is he waiting for you out there in cyberspace? Or just down the hall in Spanish class looking for that easy A? Romiette Capelle, Romi to her friends, meets the new boy, Julio Montague, in a teen chat room on the 'Net.

When she finds out he attends her high school she agrees to meet him to show Julio that there's more to Cincinnati than dull gray bricks and cold. They begin to hang out together, which draws the attention of the Devildogs, the gang that is trying to take over the school. The gang objects to African American Romi dating Mexican American Julio. Julio, whose family has left Texas in part to escape the influence of gangs, refuses to let the Devildogs intimidate him and the gang in turn begins to threaten him. The problem is, the adults refuse to believe there is a gang problem.

To get proof of harassment Julio and Romi and their friends decide to tape the threats. It all goes wrong, but who says R & J must always be star cross'd lovers?

Sharon M. Draper writes as if she's on the phone with a long lost friend, with informality, intimacy and ease. Both Romi and Julio are so likable I really wanted them to get together, which is always important in a romance. They belong together despite the objections of everyone else. Read THE BATTLE OF JERICHO to see what you think...

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Reviewed by Cassia Van Arsdale on October 18, 2011

Romiette and Julio
by Sharon M. Draper

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2001
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 0689842090
  • ISBN-13: 9780689842092