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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Review: Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: Poppy
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 348
Genre: Contemporary, Retelling, Romance

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.
I am a huge Shakespeare fan. Heck, I own The Reduced Shakespeare Company on DVD and laugh at every joke they make. After finally reading Hamlet this year in my AP English 12 class, I can say that reading Falling For Hamlet was a cute and interesting contemporary retelling of my favorite Shakespeare play.

The story goes back a forth between being a guest on a talk show and the story of what happened in Ophelia's point of view. She is a high school senior and the girlfriend of Hamlet, prince of Denmark. And during the tale the reader watches the contemporary story progress from the eyes of our contemporary maiden. I have to say that I enjoyed how each scene and character was executed, and that Michelle Ray did a wonderful job with this retelling as a whole. I was a bit weary as to how the ending was going to go since it was Ophelia telling the story, but I was impressed and liked the outcome.

I have to get this in, the cover is just stunning. It's simple and like most contemporary styled cover with the boy and the girl, but just their pose, the way they can't see their faces, the black and white style, I just really liked it! And it was ultimately one of the main reasons I picked it up.

Final Summation: A cute, quaint, and interesting take on the Shakespearean play, Falling for Hamlet was a cute read and those who enjoyed the play should take the time and pick this novel up.

First Line: "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Oh, thank you!" Zara shouts as she feigns surprise at the audience's outpouring of affection and its standing ovation.
Story: S
Cover: XS