Falling for Hamlet by Michelle RaySaturday, June 23, 2012
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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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.Ophelia is just your ordinary, high school student, who just so happens to be the on-and-then-off-again girlfriend of Prince Hamlet, and lives in the palace with her father, Polonius, advisor to the King of Denmark. When Hamlet goes off to college, things seem to be complicated with their relationship. After the King dies and Hamlet returns, Ophelia tries to console him the best she can, but when he starts talking about seeing his father’s ghost and carrying a gun around for protection, it scares Ophelia so much so to break it off with him. Falling for Hamlet is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia. --Goodreads
Almost every student’s nightmare, in either, college or high school has suffered through the iambic pentameter of Shakespeare’s sonnets and some of his most famous plays. Well, I may be one of the few students who actually willingly enrolled in a Shakespeare class this semester, among the other brave students in the class. Shakespeare and I have a history together, starting with Romeo and Juliet in ninth grade in high school. When I found out about this book, Falling for Hamlet, I was so excited. Hamlet, being one of my favorite Shakespeare pieces (Othello is one of my favorites, as well), is a play that captures the soul with Hamlet’s revenge, Ophelia’s angst, and Polonius’ craziness. I am always on the lookout for new adaptations of the play, the last great one being Ophelia by Lisa Klein. With this motivation, I sat down to read this book with high expectations.
Rated PG-13 for sexual references, adult content, violence, and teen angst.