Saturday, November 16, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing by C.E. Wilson

Series: Shakespeare for Everyone Else #1
Published: November 1st 2013

Goodreads Review : 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?

My Rating : 4/5 stars

My Review : This story is a retelling of a classic written by Shakespeare himself. It is absolutely perfect for young adults. C.E. Wilson turned a classic into a beautiful current time story. 

Clark and Heaven have always admired each other. As senior year comes around, Clark decides its time for him to man up and ask out Heaven. When he finds out that Heaven feels the same way, things couldn't get any better for these two. But in every story, there's always someone who has to come around and ruin their love for each other. Will they see through the lies and end up together? Or is it too late?

Beatriz and Bennett used to have something special, but that was two years ago. Now they can't stand each other, they bicker and make each other mad to the point where one of them has to leave. But are things really over between them? Can their love be rekindled?

I personally really enjoyed this book. I have read and seen Shakespeare's original play, and I loved it. But as a young adult myself, this piece definitely spoke to me more since it was in the current time, and it was based on people my age. 
I loved the little changes to the story line, especially how the boys all played on a soccer team. It was definitely easy to reference to. 
The characters, still having the same personality, definitely changed in looks, I was not expecting Bennett to a emo / athletic guy. But it definitely worked well with the setting and the story. 

I definitely recommend this to all the Shakespeare lovers, especially if you're a young adult yourself, or really enjoy reading YA books. 

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you to C.E. Wilson for giving me this amazing opportunity for reading and reviewing her amazing book.

Happy Reading :)

Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, # 1)

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