Most Helpful Guy
Yes, I read it for school when I was about 14. I think it's great as a story about how the younger generations can be the hope for a more peaceful future, and as a story about TEEN "love" -- but I don't really see it as a story about TRUE love.
After all, Romeo was pining after another chick, when he suddenly met and fell for Juliet and forgot all about the other one, lol. If the girls were somehow reversed, I could easily see Juliet being the one that Romeo forgets, in favor of the other.
So I don't really like it as a picture of "true love", but more so as a great story about "teen love": how naive and capricious teens are, but also how passionate they can feel in the moment, and how innocent and fully their affection is for those whom they're infatuated with. Very young people more often let their guard down completely when they're really into someone, as compared to older people -- even people who are married to each other. But it's based on being naive, so it's hard for me to call it "true love".
Nonetheless, their feelings are undeniably strong (sometimes making them willing to die for those feelings), so this is a great story about that age and that part of the human condition.
Most Helpful Girl
I appreciate the whole 'star-crossed lovers' concept, as it's inspired many other stories and R&J is a classic, but it's unrealistic how they fall that much in love with each other in a second when they didn't even know each other. I don't believe in falling in love only with a person's looks and I certainly don't believe in 'love at first sight''. That's not love. There are many great love stories out there and Romeo and Juliet, in my opinion, is not one of them.