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A romantic time travelstory that's ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare.

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the openin...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kat Kennedy
I jumped at the thought of this ARC. A girl time trav­el­ing back to seduce Shake­speare? That’s awe­some! Shake­speare! *Swoon*

Shakespeare

I had full on Joseph Fiennes from Shake­speare in Love flash­backs because, of course, I was 12 when the movie came out. Of course, as an adult I know a lot more about who Shake­speare seemed to be like from what doc­u­ments we have.

But still, I thought, how fas­ci­nat­ing? How is this going to go down? But this empha­sis on Stephen Lang­ford in the syn­op­sis? After al...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
Oh dear. I have this feeling I should have run screaming from this book. But the premise both repelled and interested me. I do love a good time travel story. (A good time travel story.) I love the idea of going back and meeting, say, Shakespeare. Unfortunately, that's not really what this book is about.

What the book is about is a self-centered and not very intelligent girl put into a ridiculous circumstance, and an utterly predictable doomed love story. Shakespeare is barely a secondary charact...more
Kristina
Kissing Shakespeare is a fun, cute and quick read that I really enjoyed. The main character, Miranda, loves all things Shakespeare. She knows all of his plays, sonnets and poems. On the night of her HS production of The Taming of the Shrew, student Stephen Langford tells her that he needs her help right away. Turns out Stephen is from the year 1581 and needs Miranda to save William Shakespeare from joining the priesthood or else all of his classics will be gone forever. Miranda, of course, think...more
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and ask...more
Mira
Reviewed for Kindle and Me.

Kissing Shakespeare is about a girl named Miranda Graham who is suddenly transported to the sixteenth century by Stephen Langford - one of the cast members of the play that took place that night and in which she believes she performed terribly - in order to 'seduce' William Shakespeare so he would not give up his love for writing and acting because if he did, the future would forever lose its greatest literary figure.

I had heard rather good things about this book so I...more
Mollee
I absolutely devoured ​Kissing Shakespeare​ by Pamela Mingle. Miranda is a modern day teen who grew up on the stage, in the shadow of her Shakespeare-performing parents. When a strange classmate, Stephen Langsford, sweeps her back to the 16th century and explains her mission to seduce a teenaged Shakespeare in order to keep him on course to become the Bard, she can hardly believe what's happening - let alone grasp what he's asking for her. It's mysterious and romantic, well-written and engaging....more
Katy
No, no, no, no, no! I wasn't ready for this book to end!

The title had caught my eye, and I thought the summary was really intriguing, but at the same time, I was worried because it sounded similar (though maybe more of the opposite) of The Juliet Spell, which was one that really ended up disappointing me. I am happy to announce this book didn't do that to me.

Some may be disappointed that this book wasn't really Shakespearean and wasn't littered with more references to his work. Some may be angry...more
Kayla Eklund
When I first read the synopsis for Kissing Shakespeare, I really wanted to read the book. I was also a little nervous. I don't usually read books with a lot of romance in them. Therefore I wasn't sure if I would like it. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. I loved Kissing Shakespeare. The plot was very intricate. The author definitely did her research. The book was historically accurate while throwing in some fun fiction. It was a lot of fun trying to guess who the spy was before "Olivia" a...more
Jennifer Whitehead
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Karla V
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Miranda is a young actress, but lately she has been thinking of herself as more of a 'failure'. After she blew her part in the school play of The Taming of the Shrew, she decides to let everyone know (including her super perfect actress mom) that she's giving up on acting. That is, she intended to do that, until Stephen Langford, a weird crew member who never hangs around much, tells her he needs her help and drags her to the school's roof, spouting some n...more
Jane Greensmith
I enjoyed this YA novel and think it a good introduction to the life and times as well as religious and political issues in Elizabethan England. It was easy to relate to the modern girl, Miranda, who travels back in time to ensure that Shakespeare doesn't get sidetracked from his destiny and her modern language and responses to Elizabethan norms was fun and funny.

I'm a big fan of time travel books and it's always interesting to see how authors get their characters from one century to the next,...more
Rachel
Who doesn’t love Shakespeare? In Kissing Shakespeare this question becomes a reality as Miranda, a modern girl who loves Shakespeare’s plays, must go back in time to save Shakespeare from a dangerous choice. Stephen, the time-traveler, drags Miranda back to the sixteenth century where she plays at being Olivia, Stephen’s sister, as she tries to seduce Shakespeare into forgetting about pursuing a religious path rather than his oh-so-amazing secular one. The question is can Miranda get Shakespeare...more
Sierra Abrams
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 14th, 2012
Date Read: 2012, July 5th-6th
Received: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3/5 stars
Recommended to: 15+


SUMMARY -
Miranda has never felt accepted by her mom, a theater actress and a good one at that. Miranda is stuck in her school play, acting a role she doesn't want, while her mom and dad are performing professionally in Rome. When Stephan, the quite new kid, tells her he needs her help, she thinks he's pulling her leg. But it's h...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Miranda's parents are famous Shakespearean actors and she has always aspired to be an actor someday as well. But she has always felt like she is inferior and talent-less compared to them. After what she thinks is a disastrous performance as Kate in 'Taming of the Shrew', Miranda is hiding backstage. Then her fellow castmate Stephen Langford finds her and all Hell breaks loose. It turns out that Stephen is not from this century and he takes Miranda back to the 16th century with him - so she can s...more
Jessica
This book was so good!! I was so close to giving it five stars, but there were just a couple of things that knocked it down a bit. But first with the fantastically amazing good parts of this book!

I love historical romances, and Kissing Shakespeare was practically a historical romance for young adults (I say practically because it still is about a girl form the present time). The time period a majority of the book was spent in is so interesting and I absolutely loved it! Miranda is brought back...more
Emily (Falling for YA)
Thank you Random House Children’s Books and Netgalley for allowing me to review an advanced readers copy of this novel.

Kissing Shakespeare follows the story of Miranda who is basically kidnapped by a time traveler, Stephen, from the 1500’s and is transported back to his time to seduce Shakespeare in order to make sure that he doesn’t join the church and give up his dream of writing. Yes, this is a little bit far fetched but I regularly read about the paranormal so who am I to judge?

Miranda or Ol...more
Elia
All I can say is, there BETTER be a sequel to this book, or Pamela Mingle is going to get a sternly worded letter from me! (HA!) I am now madly in love with Stephen Langford. Almost as in love with him as I have always been with Will Shakespeare, who despite the title of the book, is really only a minor character in this excellently crafted historical fantasy.
I admit, "Kissing Shakespeare" was not one of those books that captured me right away. I thought "ok, here is another silly teen love tri...more
Celine
I started this book when I was in the mood for a quick, light romance. Something that makes you warm and fuzzy inside. Judging from the cover I was at the right place for that with Kissing Shakespeare.

Young want-to-be actress Miranda gets whipped away to Tudor times by a fellow player, Stephen Langford. Here she gets the mission to seduce Shakespeare, who is in his teens. If she doesn't succeed, all of his work might be lost.

The cover of Kissing Shakespeare is very misleading. It's very sweet, w...more
Amy Lignor
This is one YA that will be on the ‘Top’ list when it comes to the best YA reads of 2012. Fun, entertaining, historical, exciting, romantic - this author has brought it all to the table!

Ah…Shakespeare. What would life be like without the bard who gave the world some of the best words ever written? Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing - the man created some of the most amazing characters in popular culture that have most definitely survived after all these centuries.

In t...more
Emily
*A copy was provided by Delacorte Press for review purposes*

This book was a huge surprise for me. I’m not a huge fan of time travel or historical fiction, and having the two combined had me a little nervous. But I could tell from page on that I was going to enjoy this book. First off, Mingle got right into the story, not messing around at all. From then on, it was amazing. I loved that it was different. It was exciting throughout and funny at times. Mingle did a great job of staging the events t...more
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"How would you like to meet William Shakespeare?" A laugh burst from my mouth. "You're crazy."


When time-traveler Stephen Langford chooses Miranda as the one to take back to the 16th century to save young William Shakespeare from becoming a Jesuit, she doesn't have a choice but to go along with him. Once there, Miranda has to learn to adapt to the way of life of the people in that century, and she also has to pretend to be Stephen's sister, Olivia, while the real o...more
Anita
An easy and sweet time-travel romance, with an aim to seduce Shakespeare.
"We're in Lancashire, England," Stephen said. "The year is 1581. The time of the danger to Shakespeare."
I threw my arms out in exasperation. "Stephen, you're delusional. But let's say I actually believe you. What does this have to do with me?"
"You're going to seduce William Shakespeare," Stephen said with a perfectly straight face.
It was a breezy read, but I wouldn't recommend hardcore romance fans to read this, because it...more
Becca
I really quite enjoyed this book. It wasn’t the deepest or the most meaningful book that I’ve ever read, and it didn’t take me all that long to read, but I did enjoy it immensely.

I know some people have complained that the premise of Kissing Shakespeare is a bit silly – why did Stephen need to come forward in time to find someone to seduce Shakespeare? Mingle does explain this, but I agree that her explanation is a bit shaky. However, I refuse to be picky when reading books – if it’s a good stor...more
Erin
I'm really having a difficult time deciding how to rate this one. One and a half stars for the beginning of the book, three stars for the last half, for an average of two and a half stars overall? The premise was intriguing: a young William Shakespeare is being recruited to the (forbidden) Jesuit priesthood and away from his destiny as the great playwright, so a time-traveler enlists the aid of a modern teenager from a theatrical family to seduce Will and restore history. The author seems to hav...more
Jules
I wish there was a way to delineate reviews here. It's young adult-fantasy-romance, which to me is the perfect storm of UGH. That said, I read it because it was an opportunity to vet a book I could order for the school library. When compared to every other book I have read, of course it's not going to get more than 2 stars.

But, as a potential library book for a parochial school, this is a good book for junior high girls. The heroine is confident, the mature content is mild (some drinking when t...more
Mark
Jan 01, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mark by: St Louis book shop
Time travel in books is an interesting issue. There are always the obvious questions which the reader needs to ignore. But if you can get your head around the fact that our heroine is brought back in time, to ensure The Bard chooses a literary life and not one of the cloth, without pondering, "But if she's reading Hamlet in modern day Boston, surely he chooses the pen and everything's OK?", then Mingle's love triangle tale might be readable. For me, the historical aspects here fulfilled my readi...more
Gina
Apr 25, 2012 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I love everything Shakespeare. He is truly THE WRITER, so of course I try to read any novel about kissing him! The overall idea behind his story was great in that Miranda's assignment was to woo young Will Shakespeare to keep him writing instead of joining the priesthood. The think that bothered me, was the whole time travel business. The character of Stephen was lovely. He was charming and beautiful. The ending was too sad for me as I have to have a happy ending, but I think it could leave the...more
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
Loved Kissing Shakespeare. What can you expect? Time travel, hot boys, historical detail, and romance. (And I still need to type up my actual review; let's just say that I have a thing for Stephen and if this is the only book, I'm going to have to *head desk* pretty hard due to the ending.)
Amy
Aug 17, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebooks, 2012
I picked this up because I know the author's sister. But the charming story kept me reading. It was a bit Dr. Who-ish, trying to keep history from being derailed by mysterious forces. Very enjoyable.
Jess
Mar 28, 2012 Jess marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Saw this on NetGalley and requested it. Sounds pretty awesome. Come on NetGalley! Accept meeeeeee!!!
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I live and write in Lakewood, Colorado. My husband and I love traveling to England, where we often do continuous walking trips. That means going from one town to the next, on foot, sometimes 15 miles a day! It was on one of these walks I discovered Hoghton Tower, the setting of my debut YA novel, KISSING SHAKESPEARE, which released in August 2012.

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