My many thanks to whomever was the brilliant and intrepid person that first thought these two stories should be paired together into the same volume. My love for Shakespeare's classic tale of woe was only further resonated by the adverse tale of lovers thwarted by prejudice in West Side Story.
If I can offer a small recommendation for reading these together, I would suggest alternating between the two (i.e. read Act 1 of Romeo and Julia and then Act 1 of West Side Story and etc.). It quite effectively conjoins the stories and gives the reader a great sense of how the two time-lapsed worlds relate and intertwine.
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