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Romeo for Real

By Markus Harwood-Jones

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On the surface, Romeo has it all: success on the basketball court, a group of friends, including the beautiful Rosie. Deep down he knows something is missing: all he feels for Rosie is friendship. Everything changes when he shares a kiss with openly gay Julian at a party. Despite their obvious attraction, Romeo is less sure of himself than ever, and leaves without even telling Julian his name.

With Rosie's support, Romeo begins exploring his sexuality — and ends up running into Julian again. Realizing how little he knows about other sexual orientations and gender identities, Romeo begins to see the world in a whole new light, and he and Julian begin to fall in love. But his homophobic friends and family can't accept him as gay. After a violent confrontation with one of his old friends, Romeo becomes determined to prove that his love for Julian is real and right.

Romeo for Real will give readers the courage to take pride in who they are and whom they love.

"I thoroughly enjoyed that there were lesbian, gay, queer, non-biary, trans, and straight cis-gendered cross-dressing characters represented in this brief glimpse into the world."

- Dan Whaley NetGalley Reviewer

"I have always had a weakness for retellings of old tales and what tale is older than of the cursed lovers of Romeo and Juliet? And the fact it was a shorter story made that even better for me, no long tale to get tangled and lost in, no long drawn out complications to confuse."

- Jesse Presgraves NetGalley Reviewer

"... these novels [Just Julian and Romeo for Real provide much-needed representation for those whom society marginalizes.

- Kirkus

"This is the kind of book I would recommend for people (especially gay folks who identify as men) who are struggling with their sexuality and aren't sure about coming out."

- Jennifer D. NetGalley Reviewer

"I bet this story is more true to life than I can imagine . . . I loved reading both books [Romeo for Real and Just Julian and I think for those who are not fans of reading these are pretty quick reads and pretty important stories."

- Sandy Shaver, Librarian NetGalley Reviewer

"Fancy a little retelling of Romeo and Juliet? Try this book."

- Michelle M., Educator NetGalley Reviewer

"Together, Romeo and Julian find that as long as they are together, their love can conquer all."

- Sarah Atkinson Resource Links

"A modern take on the Shakespeare classic "Romeo & Juliet" told from the point of view of Romeo Montague. Romeo seems to have it all., star athlete, girlfriend, great friends, and great family. But Romeo has a secret. He thinks he's gay . . . One of Romeo's friends takes the news badly and ends their friendship. Romeo and Julian's story takes its tragic turn when Romeo's homophobic friend shows up with friends to beat the gay out of Romeo. Read Just Julian for Julian's point of view. I will not spoil the outcome of this book. Read it for yourself and see how this tale of star-crossed lovers ends."

- Tim Powers, Librarian NetGalley Reviewer

" I liked the way the author used the names and concepts from the original Romeo & Juliet (i.e. cousin Ty -> Tybalt)."

- H W, Educator NetGalley Reviewer

"I enjoy reading remakes of classic novels especially with LGBTQIPK+ visibility. I found it a good read but I wish it was a little longer."

- A D NetGalley Reviewer

"I liked ... what this author was doing with Rome and Julian's POV books."

- Erani K. NetGalley Reviewer

"I understand how scary it is to grow up where everyone around you seems to spew venom about a group of people without even bothering to get to know them."

- NetGalley Reviewer NetGalley Reviewer

"The author of Romeo for Real and its companion, Just Julian, works really hard to present a story that is inclusive of as many LGBTQ identities as possible."

- Diane D., Librarian NetGalley Reviewer

"Romeo for Real is short, fast paced and easy to follow. It is also informative for YA readers who aren't at all knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ matters."

- Beverley C., Educator NetGalley Reviewer

"This is the kind of book I would recommend for people (especially gay folks who identify as men) who are struggling with their sexuality and aren't sure about coming out."

- Jennifer D. NetGalley Reviewer

MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once. His feature film, Mosaic, tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He lives in Toronto.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412965
Format: 7.5mm x 5.25mm

Binding: Hardback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
ISBN: 9781459412989
Format: 7.5mm x 5.25mm

Binding: Electronic book text, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412972
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF014000, YAF058020, YAF058040
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.2
Lexile Reading Level: HL600L

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