Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L Laskin (Review)

Ronit and jamil

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both

192 pages

I’m sorry, but I just didn’t get this. It was sold as a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet set in Israel between an Israeli girl and Palestinian boy… I don’t think that is what was delivered.

Told in verse – which I have had a really good experience with before (see We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan), this time it just felt….wrong…

The relationship didn’t feel believable, the situation didn’t feel real, it was all just a bit off.

Whilst there is a lot that could be said about the conflict for Palestine, I don’t feel as though this did it justice. The style of writing was jarring and disconnected, switching to and from rhyming randomly. It just felt like more style than substance. Had it been written in prose, with space for characters than I think this could’ve been a great story, as it is it just wasn’t.

I give it 2 stars simply because I did finish it, and there were a couple of moments that were intended to make you realise that people are just people no matter what side of a conflict they come from.

Finished on March 8th 2017


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Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L Laskin


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