Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth is one of my new favorite books. It is about Emma Allen who is just trying to have a successful sophomore year of high school after the disaster that was her freshmen year. To try to create a new self she cuts off her long hair and now has short hair, which makes it so that she can no longer hide in her hair. But things start out crazy, it turns out that instead of being the assistant stage manager for Hamlet she will be the head stage manager, even after she failed being the assistant stage manager in the community theater summer performance. Added onto this Brandon, her longtime crush, being the student director even though he doesn’t quiet know what he is doing. This isn’t the beginning of the year that Emma wanted and it gets even more complicated when she falls through the hole the designer cut into the floor (to make a trapdoor) and falls into the Globe Theater where Shakespeare’s Company is preparing to perform their own Hamlet, but with her short hair she is mistaken for a boy and is given a job at the Globe Theater. Although soon Emma’s friendships back at home start to deteriorate and she has to figure out where she belongs once and for all. I really liked this book because it handled time travel really well, it didn’t make anything complicated and it didn’t cause more stress (which time-travel usually does for me). I also liked the representation of Queer relationships in the book. They were included but weren’t made to be what the whole book was about, but also showed the issues that can come up with those relationships (like how parents can be unaccepting) while also normalizing being gay. I felt like this book also did a good job of showing the sexism that used to exist in Shakespeare’s time but also how it has changed and is still around today. This book is also good at showing the stress of finding a place to fit in in high school. I really loved this book and felt like reading it was enhanced by having read Hamlet at school recently. I would recommend having read Hamlet first because it really adds to the reading experience.

$11.72
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