Series: Shakespeare for Everyone Else #1
on November 1, 2013
Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.
While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.
In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Much Ado About Nothing, the first in her series
Shakespeare for Everyone Else.
Clark and Heaven.
Beatriz and Bennett.
After years of friendship Clark decides that his senior year is the time to finally profess his love to his long-time crush Heaven; a sweet and simple girl who her father knows to be loyal, trustworthy and caring. She returns Clark’s love because, like him, she has also seen her feelings blossom over time. Theirs is a cute love that differs a bit from the other couple in the play.
Beatriz and Bennett at first glance seem to want nothing to do with the other. Every conversation, every remark is a withering attack which reveals their lost history and similarities. It’s not long before their friends hatch a plan to set them up because everyone is convinced they still love and care for one another. Will either of them be able to resist the strong attraction between them?
As these two couples try to make it through their senior year, their friend Donnie does what he can to keep the group happy. The problem lies in Donnie’s half-brother Jason who wants nothing more than to spoil the fun – even at the cost of Heaven’s reputation.
When both couples are pushed to the limits, whose love will endure?
Find out in this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s memorable play Much Ado About Nothing.
I received an ebook from the author in
exchange for an honest review.
For those who struggle reading the original play by Shakespeare, C.E. Wilson’s modernized retelling of Much Ado About Nothing is absolutely perfect for today’s young adult readers. Being the Shakespeare fan that I am, it can be nerve-wracking to read a retelling, but in my opinion. C.E. Wilson does it well.
While it is more modernized, it still has a bit of the old language feel to it. The characters in the story seem beyond their years, yet still possess the arrogance and innocence (or not) of young adults.
This is a quick read and one that can be done in an afternoon, curled up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea. While Shakespeare’s version is beautifully written and poetic, C.E. Wilson version also possesses poetic qualities, but makes it easier to follow and read. She also adds a little to the story to help with the modernization of it which allows for a young reader to follow it more closely. The characters are still the same, personality wise, as they are in Shakespeare’s version, and of course, their names are more modern as well as their appearances and dress.
If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, I say, give this a go. And even if you have attempted Shakespeare, but haven’t been able to get past the language, pick up this edition and enjoy.
4 out of 5 stars.