Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare for Everyone Else) by C.E. Wilson

Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, # 1)
Read in: November, 2013
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Author
Star Rating: 3
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Synopsis: (from 
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.

Two couples.

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. 

As with most everything really could have avoided most the issues. As an avid Shakespeare reader, I have to say, this jump to the modern retelling is something I'll need to get used to. 

WHOA! BENNEEETTTTEEE! I could've used a little more character developement on him (but really, how much do you have to work with on retellings?) but I could tell from the very beginning, he is the bad boy all in one great package. I love love love Bennett. 
Heaven was the usual good girl with Clark as her naive yet lovable love interest. 
Donnie was the third (fifth?) wheel. We all have one. 
Jason and his little were the cookie cutter villains, however, I do admire their scheme. 

This Shakespeare retelling is most definitely worth the money as a quick winter read curled up next to the fire. The plot is interesting enough and it moved itself along pretty quickly. 
Bonus, the book is cut up into Acts, just like the play! 

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