February 17, 2006
Julie and Romeo Get Lucky
Julie and Romeo Get Lucky by Jeanne Ray
Finished on 1/?/06
Rating: B (6/10 So-so)
Regardless of genre, book or film, most sequels lack the pizzazz of the original. I found this to be the case in Jeanne Ray’s follow-up to Julie and Romeo, although I can’t quite put my finger on what was lacking. It may be a combination of the lack of humor and the fact that Romeo, supposedly one of the main characters, rarely appears. The family dynamics and silly plot wore on my patience and more than once I was tempted to skim ahead to the ending. A bit disappointing, but then that’s almost inevitable when you let the hype and excitement of a sequel get the better of you.
Ray remains one of my favorite authors and I won’t let this unsatisfactory sequel tarnish my opinion of her ability to entertain. And I highly recommend Step-Ball-Change and Eat Cake to those who are new to Jeanne Ray’s novels.
“Love is passion and commitment, tenderness and endurance, but love is also memory. It is important to make a beautiful gesture from time to time, not only for the moment, but as something to hold on to in the future – so that when we were old, really old, I’d be able to hold his hand between our twin beds in the nursing home and think, When you were merely sixty-three you carried me up a staircase.”