Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Anyone But You by: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Title: Anyone But You
Author: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 222
Series: Twisted Lit #3
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher Request


These violent delights have violent ends...

Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family's proud pizza heritage, and the Montes--owners of a rival Italian restaurant--are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap's for four generations. Even if it means putting herself in harm's way, Gigi's determined to get to the bottom of the feud. Instead, in a secret encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief, she finds both danger and love at first sight. If the daughter and son of these two warring families fall for each other, can it be anything but a recipe for disaster? Slowly, Gigi and Roman learn that their story is fatefully linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World's Fair. The most stunning wonder of the fair is Stella, who innocently causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood. Wending its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is bittersweet, funny, and intensely exciting. It's classic romance--a tale of hate and the only force that can ever defeat it: love.

My Thoughts: 

Only The Twisted Lit authors could find a way to weave a story inside another story.  I loved this variation of Romeo and Juliet.  In this one we have Gigi and Roman who are trying to be together and stop the family feud.  What caused it no one really knows or if they do they won't say it falls on the reader to find the story between Benny and Nick and Stella.

This was a great story full of mystery and despair.  You wonder at times whether the two families will ever make peace and at what price.  I loved how the feud ended as well!  A great story!
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