Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
Erin Dionne
Description : Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven year-old sister will attend middle school with her— and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she—like her family—is anything but average. In a novel every bit as funny as her debut, Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly unique—but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently suffering through middle school.
Review: Okay, I feel for this girl. Entering eight grade is scary enough. In this over the top story we meet character that would make us proud to be part of any family but Hamlet's. Erin Dionne's well written and heartfelt story of a girls trying to fit in when all the odds seemed stacked against her will have you laughing and cheering for every triumph that happens. I found Hamlet an utterly charming girl who anyone can relate too. If you have gone through eight grade you know all the people in this delightful story. Great read and I am going to read more from this author.

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