Book Review: Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it? 

Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian. 

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested. 


4 stars

I received a copy of this book through Inkitt Exclusive in exchange for an honest review.

After reading, and falling in love with, Loving Lakyn, I was so excited to see that Just Juliet had gone online to be reviewed through Inkitt. I couldn’t wait to get back into the James’ world and see what had happened with everyone since I’d last seen them.

And I was definitely not disappointed. If you go into this thinking you’re going to get the drama and chaos of Loving Lakyn, you may be disappointed. It’s a much more lighthearted, sweet book. It does have its moments of drama and chaos, but it has a lot more of the cute romance and fun moments between Lena and Juliet.

The Good Points of Just Juliet:

I love how developed and unique the characters in this book are. It’s so easy to feel like Lena and the gang are your good friends, rather than characters in a book. And even the minor characters are developed and unique and have such distinct voices.

It’s always wonderful when we get great family relationships in books. None of them are perfect people, but they always stick together and support each other and it’s something we definitely need more of in books.

I’ve come to associate Inkitt with average writing and poor editing as a general, but this is not the case when it comes to Reagan’s books. She’s a talented storyteller and her writing is such that it doesn’t get in the way of the story, so you feel almost like you’re watching it rather than reading it.

I like how realistic that Reagan portrays her characters. Some teens are sexually active, some aren’t ready for that. Some are into drugs and alcohol, some aren’t. You get a bit of everything, but Reagan doesn’t shy away from any of it, and it’s nice for a change.

The Downsides of Just Juliet:

Perhaps this is just because I read Loving Lakyn first and it was such a crazy, hard hitting book, but I was expecting a little more from this book. It was fun and cute, but I was just hoping to get a bit more out of it than that.

I did feel that some of this book dragged a little, and seemed to go nowhere for a couple chapters at a time. It didn’t really impact the book, but it was noticeable.

All in all, I did really enjoy Just Juliet. It wasn’t quite Loving Lakyn, but Reagan is still fantastic and put together an amazing book here. If you love cute romances, great characters, and wonderful family relationships, you’ll likely enjoy Just Juliet.

Note: You do not have to read Just Juliet and Loving Lakyn in any particular order. If you prefer things in order, Loving Lakyn takes place a couple years prior to Just Juliet.

Find Just Juliet on Amazon Canada

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