February is pretty much over and blog book club is here! Better late than never right? Truthfully, I’ve been feeling uninspired this month as I really haven’t read a great book in awhile that I wanted to share. Someone handed me a brand new read at the beginning of my vacation to Scottsdale, Arizona last week and I didn’t leave my poolside chair for two days because I could NOT put this book down. This is the true story of one man’s quest to answer Juliet’s letters in Verona and in turn, answer his own questions about heartbreak. Find out why this book will capture your heart:
This month’s book club blog choice is Juliet’s Answer by Glenn Dixon. The author was a high school English teacher from Calgary, Alberta who taught for the same school board that I presently do. He even mentions a former principal of mine that he also taught for! I have to be completely honest here for a moment. When my friend recommended this book and told me about the author, my first thoughts were that this was not going to be anything spectacular. Not that Canada isn’t full of talented individuals (insert Justin Bieber, Drake and Ryan Gosling here) but I wasn’t thinking that a fellow teacher was going to write a bestselling novel. I was so unbelievably wrong.
Maybe it’s because I love Italy (read about my trip here) or because I am a teacher or maybe because I’ve always loved the story of Romeo and Juliet since I read it in high school but I LOVED this book. And I promise that you will to.
So what is it about? Have you ever seen the movie Letters to Juliet with Amanda Siegfried? Thousands of people write to Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona every year and every single one of those letters are answered by a team of writers called Club Di Guilietta. It’s a real thing. This is a memoir about Glenn’s experience in Verona answering those letters as Juliet’s secretary. He opens up about his unlucky love life and how he left teaching in Canada to try and find his own answers.
He craftily weaves in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet (I have to admit, Leonardo DiCaprio was on my mind this entire book) with interesting true facts about Verona and and the perhaps true legacy of these two characters. I had no idea that the story of Romeo and Juliet may actually be true!
This book left me with a severe longing to go back to Italy and visit Verona. There is even a walking tour of old Verona in the novel with a map and photos of places that were carefully depicted in the book. It’s an easy read and a great story and I hope that you will give this Canadian author a chance!
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