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The Taming

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  428 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Katie likes to believe she's invisible. It seems much safer than being exposed as she is--shy, poor, awkward. So getting up on stage in the school production of The Taming of the Shrew should be complete torture. But as Katie tells it, something totally unexpected happened when she stepped on stage: "My head exploded. I loved it. Acting hit me like a sucker punch and I lov ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Doubleday Canada
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*Gratuitous sigh* Young love. It's great isn't it? The first time you see him across the hall...the first time you notice the hair flopping on his forehead...the silly way he makes you feel when he smiles at you...or how you tried, in vain, to calm your heart the first time he talked to you. Sigh. Oh to be young again.

Juxtaposing The Taming of the Shrew, I had images of Heath Ledger in all his badass glory serenading a very shrewd Julia Stiles in the stands. If you're not familiar with the movi
May 01, 2012 Maria rated it did not like it
I hated this book. I had to force myself to finish it. Evan is a jackass. Katie is a dumbass. The whole time those phrases kept popping up in my head. I loved Lisa but unfortunately her role in this story was limited. I really felt like this book was trying to excuse why Evan was such a heartless piece of shit. He also flip flopped way too much. He must have bipolar disorder to a degree I have never seen before. The ending is so unrealistic to what Katie's character had portrayed herself to be. ...more
Rhiannon Ryder
Feb 03, 2012 Rhiannon Ryder rated it did not like it
I wasn't totally sold on the sound of The Taming going in, but it was highly recommended by a good source so I thought it might be one of those guilty pleasure reads. Maybe it is for some, but not for me.

Teresa and Eric used the frame work of The Taming of the Shrew to tell an alternate story of "taming" by abuse. Unlike the Bards original there is no humor in this telling, instead they dive into the dark waters of verbal, sexual and physical abuse from both Katie and Evans alternating view poi
Nov 23, 2011 Angel rated it really liked it
You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Random House)
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC received from publisher

Tell Me More: In recent years, The Taming of the Shrew has become one of Shakespeare's highly contested plays. Readers are split over whether Petruchio was horribly sexist or if Katherine was bullied into submission. Of course, it's easy for those of us who grew up with 10 Things I Hate About You to be
Chapter by Chapter
Jan 02, 2012 Chapter by Chapter rated it it was amazing
This book was great on so many levels. There was humour, innocence, deceit, betrayal, strength… Everything that a good book should have! I was totally cracking up throughout this book. Everything about it was just so cute! I was giggling at so many different points, and howling at other parts. For example, when they were talking about roosters and chickens in perspective to the play, The Taming Of The Shrew. As most of you know, my favorite point of view is first person point of view, especially ...more
Lauren - SERIESous Books
Aug 26, 2012 Lauren - SERIESous Books rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be after reading the description from Goodreads. I was expecting a lighter story; a typical "rich boy goes after shy girl" type of story. Maybe I just didn't read the summary too carefully but the description on the back of the book was more accurate to what the story actually is.

The themes in the were darker as it deals with various forms of abuse but it was done in a way that is completely realistic and believeable.

The parallels to The Taming of
Nov 22, 2012 Denisa rated it it was ok
I think, that this book could have been better. I found that there wasn't enough background on Evan, not as much as it could have. It was pretty good, the way it was written didn't make me want to throw it against a wall due to Katies "love" for Evan. It felt unreal because they fell in love too quickly in my opinion. And I would have thought she'd be more cautious because of how her mother relationships were like. I also think that the there could have been more interaction between Lisa and Kat ...more
Lindsey  Reeder
Jan 25, 2012 Lindsey Reeder rated it it was amazing
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Rimsa Ivashkov
Jan 31, 2012 Rimsa Ivashkov rated it liked it
mixed feelings about this book, the characters were screwed up and the plot wasnt that interesting. BUT, i did manage to finish the book, so thats a point in its favour.

Prescylla Veronica
Apr 18, 2013 Prescylla Veronica rated it liked it
The Taming. I don't why I said the name of the book first but I feel that it gives my review a formal feel to it. To start off I just want to say I went through SO much with this book. Well not a maraculous amount of things, but lordhavemercy is was unnecessary. This is the mini story before the review. Basically I was reading this book like a year ealier and I was on the 6th chapter. But that was back in the day when I used to only read books at the bookstore and never buy them. Then for some u ...more
May 07, 2017 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017, ya-fiction
This book was extremely hard to read because of the realism of abusiveness in teen relationships. I found myself really having to power through and thinking critically about all the characters and their choices. There were parts of this book that truly made me uncomfortable and icky. It is a well-written novel about some tough, difficult, and dark subjects that are unfortunately all too real in the world we live in today.
May 12, 2012 Evie rated it it was amazing
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This is a powerful read. And by powerful, I mean, DEVASTATINGLY SO. I really loved this book, from the first page to last. I loved how readable it was, how captivating and intensely emotional. I absolutely loved the darker undertones of it, and how every chapter, every passage, every sentence of it pulls you deeper into its dark and sticky web of emotional abuse and tox
Feb 12, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it
"The Taming" was a very well-written novel indeed, however, too dark for my liking. Let me start off by saying that I have never read Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. And I am extremely sorry because I have heard that it was amazing and if this novel follows the same idea, I must read it in the near future.

Before I read the novel, I didn't even bother reading the synopis on the back, a first for me. I was captivated by the lovely cover, even more captivated by the fact that it was written
Feb 26, 2012 Krystal rated it liked it
Starting The Taming, I thought I was in for some teenage high school love story. The cover, and the synopsis set me up with those expectations. Katie, is a young girl who has done so much to become invisible in high school, to NOT become one of those "popular" girls. To her, she is as invisible as you can get. Until she becomes the lead in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and she sees that she loves the stage, she was meant for it. People start noticing her. No longer is Katie invisible.
Katie likes to believe she's invisible. It's much safer than being seen as who she is - shy, awkward, poor. Getting up on stage to play the lead in The Taming of the Shrew should be torture, but it's not. Something completely unexpected happens and she's transformed from invisible Katie to visible Katharina. Evan's another story. He knows what it takes to get noticed, and uses every one of those skills. Okay, sure, it might be an abuse of the power the comes with money and privilege. But is his ...more
Lee-Ann Sleegers
Mar 31, 2012 Lee-Ann Sleegers rated it it was amazing
Random House Canada Random Reader Challenge Young Adult

So the Challenge this time around was to read one of the following Adult fiction books:
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
The Taming by Teresa Toten and Eric Walters
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Fathomless Fire by Thomas Wharton
Flip by Martyn Bedford

For me the decision came down to which book became available first from my local library. The first book to win the battle was The Taming by Teresa Toten and E
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
I did not like this book at all. When I was a few chapters in I thought it was going to be about a girl overcoming her shyness on stage and learning more about herself through this Evan character, who I did not realize was going to turn out to be so completely evil. Like really, are people that black and white? His character was not complex at all, the author barely skimmed the surface about why he acted the way he did, other than showing his dad acting similar. He was unlikable right from the g ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Kerri rated it liked it
"The Taming" didn't quite hit the mark for me. Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, this story does not quite have the humour of the original. Instead this version tackles a darker side including verbal, physical and even sexual abuse.

Katie and Evan are total opposites. Katie is shy, poor and awkward. Evan is rich, smart and charming. No one is more surprised than Katie when she is given the lead role in her school's production of The Taming of the Shrew. Even more surprising she cat
Dec 31, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
I received this book through the first reads program on goodreads.

After first reading the premise of this book I was excited. A story about young love that can conceal darker truths. And trust me, these truths are dark. Evan and Katie a high school couple. Katie is shy and wants to remain invisible, Evan is the ultra charming new kid. When they start dating it's only a matter of time before things seem a little off. It remained fairly close to it's source material, Shakespeare's The Taming of t
May 28, 2014 Elisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: betterworldbooks
As a rebelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Toten and Walters ask readers to consider the disturbing and abusive reality at the base of a well-loved story. For that, it gains respectability. For just about everything else, it gains a cringe.
Readability: 2 stars. Books that switch POV already set themselves up for suspicion because that ploy often marks a lazy writer, one who would rather reveal character through each persona rather than face the difficulty of doing it through one voice. While th
Dec 18, 2011 Antonia rated it liked it
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Feb 25, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Katie goes through life wanting to be invisible but now that she’s been cast as Katerina, the lead character in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, everyone is starting to notice her. Evan is the new boy in town. Rich and good looking--he seems to have it all. The two start dating and Katie is over the moon. How can someone like him be interested in her? Evan is the perfect boyfriend and Katie would do anything to please him.

Katie is very shy and wants to go through life being invisible. Som
Feb 19, 2013 Me rated it it was ok
If this book was not on the White Pine book, or co-written by Eric Walters I never would have read it. The two people kissing on the cover, the phrase "over the course of their relationship" on the back would have made me put the book down. I do not like romances at all, so this influences the review a lot. I do not consider Romance to be a plot line, so I found this book OK. This book was not completely romance, but I feel it would have been better if they tried to make it just a romance. This ...more
Alanna King
Mar 07, 2013 Alanna King rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
I expect high things from anything that Eric Walters puts his name on. After the Ontario Library Association nominated this as one of the best Canadian young adult fiction of the year, I expected even more. Until halfway through I thought I had found a predictable teen romance. When our main character Katie's life starts to imitate her art on the stage of her high school Shakespeare production, I became engrossed. The rest of the story strikes me as very true dealing with the bizarre power strug ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Lioness rated it it was ok
An insecure young woman meets a golden boy and much to her shock, he is interested in her. It is clear from the start that she has been abused & it seems likely that he has too, in one way or another. But while she gains confidence from their romance, he only becomes manipulative and controlling. As they also act out The Taming of the Shrew in their high school drama class, we are supposed to see parallels between the 2 stories.

Kate was real enough that I wanted to know what happened to her.
Nov 29, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
this book was intersting. it was new. it was really well written, the ending was really good. it is not your normal rich guy goes for pooy shy girl. they each grew up in not loving enviroments, evan has a mean, controlling, cold father that also i think beats his wife/ evan's mother. and katie has a mother that is mean and dates guys that for the most part are losers. one in particular rapes katies over and over and when the mother finds out they move and the mother blames her, katie, her daugth ...more
Efe Ivashkov :)
Jul 04, 2012 Efe Ivashkov :) rated it did not like it
This book was so horible and probably written on impulse!!
I just felt like burning this made no sense to me....
One of the protagonist (Katie) is weak and stupid it's just annoying and the plot is just ughh!! If i could I would rate it a half star just because its a book....but a horible unberable one..

All in all very bad book Eric Walters!!!

1.Katie Is just to dumb I felt like she just didn't get the hint that HE'S ABUSIVE!!

2.Evan was so alluring at firs
Sylvia McNicoll
Nov 20, 2012 Sylvia McNicoll rated it really liked it
Alternating viewpoints are like a duet. At the beginning of The Taming I wish the names of the singers were clearly marked in the chapter headers till I could differentiate the singers better. But I became hooked by the slow build of tension. Eric writes in a masterly malevolent voice. And then he shows Evan's vulnerability. I almost wanted Katie to stay with him and help him through his issues by the end. And no one wants their daughter, sister, best friend to ever do this.

The pinnacle moment
Sheri Radford
Jan 15, 2012 Sheri Radford rated it liked it
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