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The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen
Genre: Young Adult LGBTQ+ Contemporary
Publishing Date: September 22, 2020
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 staypositive, 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.
Content/Trigger Warnings: Anxiety, racism, toxic masculinity, internalized homophobia, cultural insensitivity
This is Dani Jansen debut novel m, and I really enjoyed it. I love that this is a retelling of one of my favorite plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The story follows Allison, who will stop at nothing to be valedictorian. When a teacher asks her to produce this years theatre production, she jumps at the opportunity. She soon finds out that producing a play is much more challenging then she anticipated.
There is actually a lot of diversity in this book. The main character Allison is lesbian and she has her first sapphic relationship. The romance was actually really sweet. We also have a pansexual side character, along side a Korean-American side character and a Moroccan side character. I do think the characters could have used a little more fleshing out, like what are there interests and give me some reasons to root for them.
I really love how friendship played such an important role in the story. Allison has such amazing friends who will give up there free time to help her with projects.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel. For a debut it was a super cute story, and I recommend if your looking for fun quick read.
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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