Title: Kissing Shakespeare
Author: Pamela Mingle
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: August 14, 2012
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Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she’d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he’s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen’s really from. He wants Miranda use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.
Miranda isn’t convinced she’s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it’s her only chance of getting back to the present and her “real” life. What Miranda doesn’t bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.
Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but I know I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the characters. Miranda, with her predicament, and seemingly no one who cares, was just so easy to understand. She didn’t try to pretend that everything was well and good – she freaked out, and I can’t blame her. I mean, imagine just finishing the school play, but feeling terrible, and then suddenly you’re kidnapped and in a completely different time period being told, not asked, to sleep with a man or never go back home. I mean, come on!
After she got on board with the plot, though, I really enjoyed the plot. I liked the historical fiction part of it, and how I learned a bit more about history with the Protestant Reformation and all the persecuted Catholics. The intrigue with the murder plots and possibility of a changed future kept my interest in favor of Miranda’s success, even as she begins to enjoy her role – and the person she shares it with. The romantic aspect of the book was great, too – and so sad, but sweet at the same time.
Also, the acting part of the book was new – it’s not everyday that you read a book about a drama major; usually it’s all vampires and werewolves and shapeshifters or something paranormal. The fact that Stephen needed a normal girl to save Shakespeare was unique, a fact that I greatly appreciate.
I definitely recommend this book – it was a fun, fast read that I think a lot of people can enjoy.
**Note: Due to the “seduction” part of the book, even though it’s not explicit, I’d only recommend the book to 13 and up.