Title: Falling for Hamlet
Author: Michelle Ray
Pub Date: 7/5/2011
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Falling for Hamlet was a bizarre adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Ophelia has fallen in love with Hamlet, a modern day prince form Denmark, whose relationship is wrought with betrayal, death and murder. Hamlet's mother disapproves of Ophelia, but tolerates her to keep on Hamlets good side. Ophelia lives with her widower father, struggling to maintain a normal teenage life and a relationship with a famous and attractive guy. After the death of the king, Ophelia's relationship quickly spirals out of her control. Hamlet begins to act differently, the Queen marries her brother-in-aw, and her world steadily falls apart.
Memorable or Forgettable: Although based off of another story, Falling for Hamlet can be read independently. Ray writes a fast paced novel that is difficult to put down.
Cover: Accurate engaging cover that does attract readers, only issue is Ophelia's clothing. It is difficult to imagine her wearing such attire in the book. Ophelia is not portrayed as a punk girl.
Age Range: 13-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal