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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Falling for Hamlet

Title: Falling For Hamlet
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Michelle Ray
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Book: Finished copy sent by publisher

"Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend's fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course.
Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia."

 As soon as I got this book, I dove right into and love it! I mean really, really love it. I have always been a fan Shakespeare, and I love it when author take a classic and make it modern. It makes it easy for young readers and readers everywhere to understand Hamlet but just told different.

Pretty much this book it told almost exactly to play expect of course much more modern. I love diving into this story and being Ophelia. Ms. Ray really brought this story to life by the reader being read too. The reader meets Ophelia, and she is on stage telling her story through an TV interview. I like this cause it made me feel like I was in the audience observing Ophelia and hearing her story play out for my ears. With Ms. Ray writing, it is easy to read and super easy to understand. Most people don't read Shakespeare cause of the difficulty of understanding it but Ms. Ray did a a divine job letting the reader immerse themselves in the story.

The plot line of course is pure drama. Love, hate, betrayal, death. Everything in a Shakespearean that you would normally see. I loved watching all of the characters play their roles and get into trouble. What I like the most is the love in this book. No, there is no happy ending. And the love in this book is just dreadful. But the love that was being fought for, I liked. The struggle of two star crossed lovers just trying to be normal, I loved reading.

If you liked to read a modern day Shakespearean play, with loads of drama, read this book. I can't tell you how many times I tried to put down this book but could not. My eyes refused to leave the pages that Ms. Ray presented and I devoured this book whole in one sitting!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Glad that you enjoyed this one so much! I love modern takes on Shakespeare too. Can't wait to read this one now!

  2. Anything dealing with Shakespeare you can always trust to have lots of drama:) I haven't heard much about this one or read many reviews, so I'm glad yo posted this today Savy!

  3. Yay! I modern adaption of the play. That is good to know because I remember not being able to finish reading the play. Couldn't understand it. LOL

    Looking forward to the drama. That's gotta be fun.

  4. This one sounds so much fun! I'll have to check it out. Hadn't heard of it before your review! :)

  5. This sounds good! I'm going to have to check it out.

  6. Oh SWE-ET!! I have this one on my tbr and have to get to it and now I can't wait! I really want to see what this author has in store as a modern Shakespeare play!

  7. I just reviewed this one too. I loved it as much as you did.

  8. This sounds great. I especially like the idea of her telling her story through an interview. Interesting way to get it out.
    I had to laugh when I read your first sentence. In my head, "dove" and "love" rhymed. It took me a minute to realize what you meant :-)

  9. I have had my eye on this since I first saw it one someone's "W.O.W." post. One of my degrees was in Shakespeare so this is right up my alley! I love the idea of her telling her story through a TV Interview - very modern. I can't wait to read this!!

    <3 Patricia's Particuarlity


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