Monday, January 30, 2017

Keyword Reading Challenge - January

My Soul Called Life

How does this challenge work?
For this challenge, Claudia at My Soul Called Life has chosen six keywords associated with each month in 2017. My task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month. Simple right?
January = Fall {Falling} 

Falling for HamletFalling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So the month was starting to wind down and I realized I hadn't picked my book for January yet! I did a quick search in the library catalog and found this book. It seemed perfect, a YA novel (I can read these rather quickly) and a modern retelling of Hamlet (one of my favorite Shakespeare plays).

I was sadly kind of disappointed in this novel.

The story was told in 3 different ways. There was Ophelia on a talk show, that was Oprah-like, telling her story. Then there was the transcript of her interview with the police. And the main telling was Hamlet from her point of view.  I would have been happier with the novel had it picked just one way to tell the story.

Hamlet is dramatic. It's so long that directors can choose how dramatic or what dramatic elements to include to tell their version of Hamlet, it's why I love it so much. However, this retelling was melodramatic which made it hard to read.

I ended up just focusing on the main story plot line of Ophelia's retelling and forced myself to finish this book.

I won't be waiting until the last week from now on!

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