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Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
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Jun 11, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

Set in modern times, this engaging version of the classic Shakespearean tale focuses on Ophelia. The romance between the teen and the older prince of Denmark is described after his death as Ophelia goes on a talk show to defend her name and to answer for one last time any questions the public has. The author also interjects scenes from Ophelia's interviews with the Denmark Department of Investigations who question her about her possible involvement in a treasonous plot. She sprinkles text messages and newspaper clippings through the text as well. Although Ophelia seems mostly vapid and besotted by love during much of the book, she clearly grows from the experiences and owns up to her own mistakes, some of which contribute to the book's tragic conclusion. A detailed author's note describes her purposed for writing the book and the literary license she takes in allowing Ophelia to survive.

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