You do realize that you're asking this question of a bunch of
English teachers...the real question is would you? The answer to
that has to come from within. I think everyone who teaches
Shakespeare hopes that our students will say "yes" to this
question, but whether you will or not depends on whether
you've made a connection with the play. I can tell you it's
juicy--there's forced marriage, lust, sex, love at first sight,
hatred, blood and forces that seem conspired against you (who
hasn't experienced this?). I can tell you that Juliet was the same
age as you and that her mother had already married a man 30 years
older than her (yuck) and had had a baby by the time she was your
age (more yuck). I can tell you that Juliet's mother seems
inordinately enamoured with the man Juliet is being forced to marry
I can tell you that there's more sexual innuendo in the play
than most restricted movies, and I can tell you that the content is
something that every teenage girl (and boy) ought to think about,
but in the end, it's all about you.
Have you ever thought you were in love? Did it last? Would you
die for that person? Are you even still friends?
Yes, I'd read it. It's not an easy read and I'd make sure I
had either the Arden or the Cambridge version (because they tell
you what they're actually joking about), but I'd DEFINITELY read
it and I often tell others to do so.