Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

A romantic time travel story that's ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare.

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide. 
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meetShakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright. 
Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 16

Kissing Shakespeare, by Pamela Mingle, puts a unique spin on the early life of famous playwright William Shakespeare. I really like the plot of this book because of its original idea of using time travel to influence choices Shakespeare makes as a young adult.  I also like the book’s interesting setting, which utilizes both Miranda’s world of present day Boston and Shakespeare’s world of 1500s England. The author’s writing is very descriptive and puts you in the moment of the story, whether that moment present day or 600 years in the past. The author also does a really good job of flipping back and forth between the present and past by giving each time period a distinct and authentic atmosphere and environment. The characters in the book are vivid and well described, and it is interesting to follow their struggles of having to live in a society foreign to their own. I recommend this book for preteens and up because of it sometimes risqué subject matter. Thanks to Random House Publishers for the great read!

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Happy reading!
Peyton, age 16

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