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Kissing Shakespeare

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,292 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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*


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 all, the book is
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
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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 asks
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-read
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.

Jane Greensmith
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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,
Kah Cherub
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
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 ...more
Emily Blake
*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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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" ...more
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
Rebecca May
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
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+

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
I’m not attaching a rating to this one. There’s not really any stars to be found here. It was a DNF.

I really dislike writing negative reviews. More so when I can’t even finish a book entirely. I did not enjoy writing this review at all, but I have to be honest. All of my reviews are.

As a Shakespeare fanatic, I was fascinated and excited to read this one. I was drawn in by the cover and the premise. I’d hoped I could enjoy it. But the worst-case scenario happened and in the end, I put it down a
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
Amy Lignor
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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,
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In a stunning turn of events, I believe I've just found my new favourite book. Yes - "Kissing Shakespeare", which I got for a bargain of $5.00 ages ago not really thinking anything of it, has even surpassed "Ella Enchanted". Move over, Gail Carson Levine; Pamela Mingle is definitely giving you a run for your money.

When I first bought the book, it was purely out of curiosity. I thought to myself, "It's probably going to be cheesy and difficult to read. Why else would it have been so cheap?"

I was
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Good effort for the author's first book. Some scenarios fell flat but overall a decent read. I'd probably give this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars; it's better than a 3 but it's really not close to a 4.

Side note: I was at the library grabbing a book by another "M" author and a book nearby about Mary Bennet by this "M" author caught my eye. I read the synopsis of that book and decided to get it as well but while reading the author bio on my way to check out, this was mentioned and I took a
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Kissing Shakespeare is about a teenage girl named Miranda who gets yanked back in time, to Shakespeare’s era (pre THE Shakespeare) by a boy named Stephen. I’m thinking OOOH yeah, I love Shakespeare, I love romance, I love time travelly books, I’ll love this one! Nope. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it,but I do regret spending $3 on it at my local used bookstore. This should have been a quick read, but ended up taking me almost a week to finish because there were points I was so bored I didn’t ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Whitehead
Jun 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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C.P. Lesley
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Miranda is the teenage daughter of a pair of Shakespearean actors. She loves the stage, but how can she ever hope to live up her mother, let alone excel? Does she even want to? When her first performance as Katherina, in The Taming of the Shrew, doesn't go well, Miranda can hardly bear to attend the cast party. She has let her parents down—and herself. So when a fellow cast member calls on her to join him in a strange and mysterious quest to save Shakespeare and his works, Miranda plays along, ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, library
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
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Pamela Mingle is a former teacher and librarian who was fortunate enough to choose writing as a third career. Or maybe it chose her. :) She loves to create romantic tales that play out against historical events and always includes some humor in her books.

Pam and her husband enjoy walking in the UK--even though she's done her share of whining on the longer days. The walking trips have been an
“As much as it hurts to admit it, I knew he was right. I would love him with all my heart, but in the end, it wouldn't be enough. I'd long for everything I couldn't have, and that would kill the love between us. Not right away, but someday.” 20 likes
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