Okay, I was reluctant to state this before because stories need to stand on their own, but I don’t want people to get the wrong idea:
This is Not a Love Story is not a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. To be perfectly honest I don’t know Shakespeare’s story well enough to retell it. I borrowed the names. And the title refers to the fact that Romeo and Julian’s love story is NOT a tragedy like Romeo and Juliet’s. That is it.