I feel like every time I read and review a retelling, I remind you that I LOVE RETELLINGS! But I do! I can't help it! And Anyone But You doesn't disappoint.
As far as the Bard is concerned, I find Romeo & Juliet is overrated. I don't feel that it is a love story. It is a sad story, about a couple of teenagers who fell in lust, acted like spoiled teenagers and ran away and then tragically died. I never understood the appeal.
However, I don't feel that way about Anyone But You. I felt that while the story paralleled Romeo & Juliet, it was a better version. Gigi and Roman had a depth to them that old Romeo and Jules didn't. Yes, it bugs me when teenagers "fall in love" after meeting once, but we get background information with Gigi and Roman. We learn about them outside of being this starcrossed couple.
I also liked how the chapters alternated between past and present and told the story of how the famous feud came to be. Without giving anything away, I like how it all tied together in the end. Although, I did get a little teary.
However, the best part, for the baseball geek in me, was the nod to Honus Wagner and his million dollar baseball card. Got to love a man who stood up for what he believed in, and was a Pittsburgh Pirate to boot!
I'd like to thank Kim Askew and Amy Helmes and everyone at Twisted Lit for sending me a copy for review. I love it!