Book Review: Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Falling For Hamlet Title: Falling For Hamlet

Author: Michelle Ray

348 pages, Published by Poppy

Michelle’s Info: Website | Facebook

Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary: 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. (Summary provided by the publisher.)

My Thoughts:

Picture this: A beautiful teen and her super famous boyfriend cannot go anywhere in public without worrying the paparazzi and other teens with camera phones will follow their every move. In the midst of an already out of control everyday life, Ophelia and Hamlet have to deal with a sinister conspiracy within the royal family. With Falling For Hamlet Michelle Ray has taken Shakespeare’s timeless characters, plot and setting and updated them for teens.

Obviously, Michelle Ray has changed a few things. For instance, she is telling the story from Ophelia’s point of view. Ophelia is in much more of the book than she was in the play, but this difference makes for interesting reading for anyone who ever wondered what Ophelia was like. As a former English teacher and Shakespeare After School leader, I wish this book had been written back when I was teaching. There is so much I could have done with it!

Something is awesome in the state of Denmark! Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray, a thoroughly modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, will captivate teens as they read about how Ophelia deals with dating tormented Prince Hamlet. Click here for a chance to win a copy of Falling For Hamlet.

Note To Parents: There is one brief reference to a sexual situation in this book. This book is a perfect course supplement if your child is having problems understanding Shakespeare.

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