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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life
Author: Dani Jansen
Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Contemporary
Alison Green, desperate valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying Yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte. Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as “Ye Olde Shakespearean Disaster.” Alison must cope with the misadventures that befall the play if she’s going to survive the year. She’ll also have to grapple with what it means to be “out” and what she might be willing to give up for love.
In The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life we’ll get to see Alison try to navigate through a new relationship with her crush Charlotte, bump heads with her sister Annie, and almost lose her best friend Becca all in the name of becoming Valedictorian. As a way to fluff up her college admission essay she agrees to produce the school play A Midsummer Nights Dream but once production starts taking place she realizes it’s not going to be as easy as she thought.
Alison’s character is selfish in a lot of ways and I think that is what I struggled with a bit throughout this book. It was one thing after another going wrong because she couldn’t see past her own nose in some situations. It also bothered me when she spoke about how talking on the phone with someone doesn’t allow you to edit yourself like texting does. I understand where she’s coming from but it just seemed odd to me that it was brought up so often. People shouldn’t feel like they need to edit all their conversations and I think that’s why she ends up making the more human mistakes she makes when she’s actually genuinely interacting with those around her.
No one is perfect and I think that’s the message Alison gets out of her experiences. She has to learn to lighten up and not take everything so serious all the time. She can still achieve her goals and still enjoy life as long as she’s able to find that balance.
Overall this one wasn’t a bad read. I thought the relationship she had with her parents and best friend Becca made for the most enjoyable moments. I just feel like I wanted more out of it. I wanted more romance and dealing with the tougher issues.
2 Finished Copies of The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dani Jansen is a teacher and writer who lives in Montreal. She should probably be embarrassed to admit that she has performed as part of her school’s Glee Club for eight years. She should probably also be ashamed to tell people that she named her cats after punctuation symbols (Ampersand and Em-Dash, in case you’re curious).
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