Friday, October 08, 2010

Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named HamletThe Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet Erin Dionne

It's not easy being Hamlet Kennedy. Her little sister is a genius and going to middle school with Hamlet this year (her little sister is 7.) Her parents are Shakespeare scholars and like to speak in sixteenth century English and dress in Elizabethan costume. Oh, and a secret admirer keeps leaving pigs in her locker (because her name is HAMlet.) To top it all off, they're doing a huge Shakespeare unit and school that her parents are all over and it turns out that Hamlet might have the most unwanted talent of all. Plus, it's middle school, so lots of mean girls and boy drama.

It's both funny and touching-- that wonderfully done coming-of-age novel when the character has to learn to accept herself and her family and friends, and life in general, and does it in a way that makes you cheer and isn't overly sappy or unbelievable. I loved the tension between Hamlet and her sister Desdemona. Dezzie is this genius kid and very smart and talks like a socially awkward adult, but, at the same time, is still 7. And sometimes Hamlet forgets that. And Dezzie's better at navigating the social scene, maybe. But I love that Hamlet is jealous of her sister, and extremely protective of her at the same time. It's such a great depiction of sisterhood.

Overall, a really great book that I very much enjoyed.

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1 comment:

Callie said...

I had to read this book for a summer project and i loved it! but at first i didnt get it