Click here to read the opening chapter.
(The excerpt is in PDF format, so whatever device you're using should be able to open it. If not, ask the nearest tween or teen to help you with the technology. That is my usual strategy).
As you'll see, you don't need to know the play enjoy the novel.
But if you want, you can brush up your Shakespeare with this amusing 30-second advert version of Romeo and Juliet
(note: in this clip the Nurse is completely silent – this is DEFINITELY not the case in the novel)