Review: Roman and Jewel

If Romeo and Juliet got the Hamilton treatment…who would play the leads? This is the story of a girl who thinks she has what it takes…and the world thinks so, too.

Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway’s hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead…and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea–especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless.

Roman and Jewel was pitched as a story where Romeo and Juliet were given the Hamilton treatment, so I was kind of expecting to get a little more of an insight into the runnings of the musical. However, there was more of a focus on the drama between the characters with a backdrop of the theatre. Despite this expectation not being met, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes, you just need a really dramatic and fun read. Roman and Jewel was full to the brim of drama.

There was a rivalry between two of the characters – Cinny and Jerzie. Cinny had the lead, and Jerzie was the standby, but Jerzie had Zeppelin’s attention. I didn’t particularly enjoy this aspect of the story. In all novels, this storyline of girl-v-girl is something I struggle with. It never feels sincere to me and that it is just very forced.

As for the love interest, Zeppelin, I’m not normally a fan of insta-love, but I think because of the environment and the newness of the Broadway musical, and with the introductions with the cast it made a bit more sense to me. I really liked their relationship, though there were definitely a couple of cheesey moments, but to be honest I think that is expected with Young Adult novels. Jerzie’s descriptions of Zeppelin also had me laughing a lot of the times, it was cinge-worthy, but it was humorous at the same time.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read that is set in a theatre during a musical production then I would definitely recommend.

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