Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Wounded Name” as Want to Read:
A Wounded Name
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Wounded Name

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  336 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
There's a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.
Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Carolrhoda Lab
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Wounded Name, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Wounded Name

These Broken Stars by Amie KaufmanThe Grave Winner by Lindsey R. LoucksSplintered by A.G. HowardTaken by Erin BowmanPivot Point by Kasie West
2013 Debut Authors (Young Adult & Middle Grade)
128th out of 346 books — 1,243 voters
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsInsanity by Susan VaughtAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeA Wounded Name by Dot HutchisonThe House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
YA Ghostly Covers
4th out of 47 books — 21 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

You can also read this review on Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews.

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!

To love is to hurt, either in giving pain or in suffering it. Which helps more with grief: feeling the pain or sharing it?


Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan can see ghosts. Even when she takes her medication, she can still hear their voices singing and calling out to her. When the headmaster of her school suddenly dies, Ophelia can no longer avoid the phantoms that
Oct 24, 2015 Nafiza rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read Hamlet though I do know the Wiki version of it. I somehow never felt the urge to do so. I know it’s a classic and I intend to but somehow I have never gotten around it. Before I started this novel, all I knew about Ophelia was that she really ought to have sucker punched Hamlet at least once and that she drowned.

There’s a beauty to A Wounded Name that I am not going to be able to fully articulate here. Hutchinson has given Shakespeare’s play a modern setting, time wise, but becaus
Molli Moran
Jul 21, 2013 Molli Moran marked it as tried-to-read-but-couldn-t-get-into
I tried, I promise. According to my Nook I made it a bit over halfway, but I swear, those 200 pages were the LONGEST and MOST DEPRESSING pages I've ever read in my life.

What I liked: the writing style was gorgeous, and I wanted to wrap it around me forever and ever. Seriously, Hutchison is a VERY talented writer.

What I disliked: what was this book? Was it an ode to Shakespeare? Was it a love story? Was it a tragedy? Was it historical? Was it modern? Was it a fey story? Was it paranormal? Was it
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 23, 2013 Kat Heckenbach rated it did not like it
I'm nearly done with this novel. And I'm writing my review now for a reason: I've hit that point where the novel has gone from completely breath-taking to I'm not finishing it.

Let me first give you an idea of where I'm coming from. I am both a Shakespeare fan and not a fan. When the stories are broken down for me, I love the plot lines. But I do not dig the old language, and I very, very much do not dig reading plays. And when I was in high school, my English teacher made the class listen to the
Sandy Lu
Jul 24, 2016 Sandy Lu rated it it was amazing
In beautiful and poignant language, Dot Hutchison has brilliantly re-imagined the all-too familiar tale of Hamlet and given Ophelia the voice she had been denied until now. Haunting, atmospheric, and lyrical, her heartbreaking and harrowing narrative captures the complex inner dynamics of a lonely teenage girl, alienated and damaged by the ultimate childhood trauma which forever shaped her relationships with the ones she loves and with the world. In Dot’s deft hands, A WOUNDED NAME will appeal t ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Mar 12, 2014 Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri} rated it it was amazing
Don't tell anyone, but the truth is I have never read Hamlet. So, reading A Wounded Name was a bit of an adventure for me and I don't think I experienced it in its entirety, but even so, I really adored A Wounded Name.

A Wounded Name is a very hard book to like. There are some very uncomfortable themes and it's a very dark book. If you prefer not to read books with abuse (emotional and physical) and suicide, this is not the book for you.

What makes Hutchison's retelling different from most retelli
3.5 stars

This may come as a shock, judging by the mediocre average rating of this novel and the extremely valid 1 star reviews that top the GR page, and it certainly was a shock to me, but... I actually liked this novel. Quite a lot. Having said that, let me be clear on something: I would not recommend this novel to anyone, because all those 1 stars reviews are completely right: this is an extremely depressive novel that features what's probably one of the most disturbing, despicable and unhealt
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Hamlet's my favorite Shakespeare tragedy. His other work combined together can't top this masterpiece. So when I first saw someone was publishing a retelling I just had to have it. Not everyone has the talent and the guts to try out to integrate Shakespeare into their work. Dot Hutchison did an outstanding job.

Ophelia is one of those characters in Hamlet I didn't care for. She was spineless and pretty much everything I don't like in a woman. My heroines need to be strong and independent but A W
Jul 30, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

There's a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.


Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Aca

I read a A Wounded Name this week and was not disappointed. It is a Hamlet retelling from Ophelia’s POV. Which isn’t totally unheard of, I have three other books that do the same thing. However this is the difference, in those other three books Hamlet is such a likable romantic interest and Ophelia doesn’t die at the end.

I found this book to be much more like I pictured the play to be. First off (no this isn’t a spoiler go read the damn play) she dies at the end of this book, drowns in the lake
Aug 29, 2013 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at:

Wow. I was totally BLOWN AWAY by this book! I studied Hamlet in school last year, and I honestly thought it was one of the best of Shakespeare's plays that I've read. He's brilliant with his works and every single word practically leads to something else. That's why I must admit I was in total English-analyzation mode when it came to A Wounded Name.
First off, I was completely drawn to that cover. GORGEOUS. I could gaze at it for hours
Sep 07, 2013 Thalia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Shakespeare Retellings
Recommended to Thalia by: NetGalley
Read the review on my blog:
Aug 05, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
Well I could not have picked a better book for my first readers' choice review. If my recommendations keep being this awesome, I may just have to read nothing but recommendations from you guys!

A Wounded Name is a retelling of Hamlet. I'm a huge Shakespeare buff so maybe that's why I loved this one so much but I know for a fact that that is only part of the reason. The story was part of the draw for me but that's not what really hooked me. The writing and the characters are what really got to me

A Wounded Name is a debut novel by Dot Hutchison releasing this September. The book is a contemporary retelling of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. I'm going to presume that many of you know the original story so I will not completely rehash it. I prefer instead to talk about Hutchison's brilliant take on it. The book is told in first person from Ophelia's point of view as she shares the events leading up to the tragic end of the Prince of Denmark. It is a title that I expect to hear more about, pa
A Book Vacation
Aug 26, 2013 A Book Vacation rated it liked it
To see my full review:

Though Hamlet is not necessarily my favorite, Dot Hutchison’s A Wounded Name takes a very interesting look at Hamlet from Ophelia’s point-of-view, interspersing some aspects of fantasy in order to give it a little lighter feel when explaining Ophelia’s final choice in the end. Of course, there are liberties taken and events out of sequence, with Ophelia present for confrontations that she wasn’t present for in the Bard’s play, etc., b
Erin Arkin
May 17, 2013 Erin Arkin rated it it was amazing
A Wounded Name is based on the story of Hamlet but told in the voice of Ophelia. Of course we all know the tragic ending to the story but Dot Hutchison gives us a new perspective and writes it so beautifully I was immediately drawn into this book. As I sit here wondering what I could possibly write that will do this book any sort of justice, I keep thinking that anything I write will pale in comparison to actually reading it.

The story itself should be familiar and even if you have not read/seen
This review also appears on my book blog, Adrift on Vulcan.

Much like Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst, A Wounded Name was senseless… and also plot-less. And it’s such a shame, because here is a pretty cover that actually suits the story, and Dot Hutchinson has gorgeous writing that further adds to the mysterious atmosphere surrounding Elsinore Academy. However, these things just weren’t enough to redeem the book for me. A stupid protagonist, no sense of story, and an abusive love interest aren’t thi
Jun 12, 2013 Juliette rated it it was amazing
La prima cosa che mi ha colpito di A Wounded Name è stata la cover, cosi delicata ma allo stesso tempo abbastanza intensa da attirare subito la mia attenzione tra i tanti titoli di Netgalley. C'è qualcosa in quell'immagine-nella ragazza che sembra quasi camminare sull'acqua, un attimo prima di affondare, nel modo in cui è rivolta al laghetto, come se non avesse paura di ciò che l'aspetta, nei fiori che stringe al petto e nell'abito bianco che sembra gridare innocenza-che ti cattura e che ti spin ...more
Raechel Attaway
May 07, 2013 Raechel Attaway rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Based on the classic Hamlet, this story is narrated by Ophelia in the modern day setting of a historic boarding school. If you're at all familiar with the story of Hamlet, then as the inner flap will tell you, "You know how the story ends." What you can't know before beginning the book is how eloquently the author gives voice to a character who has suffered in silence for centuries. A Wounded Name is a tale of a murder, deceit, and loneliness... But mostly it is the story of those so blinded by ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
I'm always very critical of Hamlet retellings/adaptations (I've read so many, as Hamlet is my favorite Shakespearean tragedy) and at first this book was shaping up to be a diamond in the rough.

The writing was good, I liked the characterizations well enough, but eventually everything spiraled downward. The writing became too disjointed, the story became, frustratingly, too much like the work it's based on and yet too dislike it at the same time. Some artistic choices in regard to the characters
Nov 27, 2013 Anna rated it did not like it
I was so thrown off by the language in this story. It is a retelling of Hamlet from Ophelia's point of view. It took the longest for me to realize it was meant to be contemporary because of the elaborate way of speaking. For me, it went beyond lyrical, because it echoed so much of the original writing. I was compelled by the story and the touches of the otherworldly, but in the end I couldn't get past the archaic speech. The reference to cell phones was the only clue I had that this was modern. ...more
Cristy Bramhall
Jun 14, 2016 Cristy Bramhall rated it it was amazing
There's a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.


Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother.

Now, in the wake of the Headmaster's su
Veronica Ibarra
Sep 12, 2015 Veronica Ibarra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, faerie, ghost
The cover of the book reads A WOUNDED NAME: A TRAGEDY by Dot Hutchison. And so it is. If you have read Shakespeare's HAMLET then you have an understanding. This is Ophelia's story, though it blends modern elements and folklore with the familiar damning plot and the unfortunate players. This is not a happy story. It is brutal and cruel. In the best of moments there is only bittersweetness. This is not a story for the faint of heart, or those looking for a cheerful read. This is for those who seek ...more
I love Hamlet, so of course I was curious about A Wounded Name. Sadly, there’s nothing new or interesting here. It sticks very closely to the original, which I think works against it. Instead of being about the murder of the King of Denmark, it’s about the murder of the Headmaster of an elite boarding school. Ophelia is one of the students there and can see ghosts, as well as hear the banshees sing for the recently deceased. When the Headmaster’s ghost appears, Ophelia knows something is wrong, ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Audrey rated it really liked it
If you read the reviews of this book on Goodreads, you are going to see that people either love it or hate it. I pretty much fall in the "love it" category.

I was an English major in college, had to take two Shakespeare courses, read Hamlet more times than I can count, did three major papers on the play. With that said, I think Hutchison skillfully takes all of those plot points and charaacter flaws that Shakespeare scholars have been analyzing and arguing about for decades and crafts them into a
Jul 24, 2016 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Atmospheric, haunting, riveting, this story was everything I wanted and more. I am so, so, so passionate about Hamlet, and oh, this lived up to that madness, and it created an entirely new yet still as compelling madness of its own. The prose itself is gorgeous; Hutchinson has a gift with words. That gift transports us perfectly into the fragile yet magical mind of Ophelia.

It saddens me that the average rating for this is low, but I understand why it would be. I haven't read any negative reviews
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
I decided to just give up on this audiobook, I listened to the first 2 discs or so and I just could not bring myself to finish it. I tried again the other day to listen to it and just could not get into it. I originally requested this book thinking it would be a modern retelling, I was sadly disappointed.

A Wounded Name is a retelling of a Shakespearean Classic, Hamlet. Told from the point of view of Ophelia, the reader begins the book with mental illness and death and it does not get any better
Feb 09, 2014 Mandi rated it really liked it
Dot Hutchison is a talented author - too talented, in my opinion, to be trapped in another author's work. A Wounded Name is a "retelling" (as other readers have put it) of Hamlet. I call it fanfiction. Part of me is glad I didn't know this before I picked up the book, because I probably wouldn't have given it a chance had I known, but it did cause me some confusion when I first opened the book and all of the characters had the same names as those in Hamlet. It took me 4 or 5 chapters before I fi ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Let me start by saying that this cover sucked me in. It's gorgeous! Then I read the summary and realized it was a retelling of Hamlet. I am a sucker for retellings of the classics. I love the fresh spins they bring when they are done correctly.

Unfortunately, I would not consider this one "done correctly." I tried. I truly did. I even made it to 81% complete before I just couldn't stand to read further. I finally gave up because, indeed, I do know how this story ends so I didn't feel the need to
May 28, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
ARC provided by publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


I remember reading Hamlet in High School and one of the major points that stuck with me was the character of Ophelia. Once I read the blurb for this book, I knew there was no way I couldn't not read it. Hutchison created a modern day retelling of the famous play, taking a new take on old characters. The book is given a voice through the character of Ophelia, where we are able to properly delve into the depth of h
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 20, 2015 10:10AM  
  • Relic (Books of Eva, #1)
  • When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
  • Tumble & Fall
  • Believe
  • Passenger (The Marbury Lens, #2)
  • The Weight of Souls
  • Entangled (Entangled, #1)
  • Hereafter (Shadowlands, #2)
  • Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga, #1)
  • Skin
  • Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place, #1)
  • Shadowflesh (Shadowflesh, #1)
  • Thin Space
  • Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always
  • The Siren's Secret (The Shapeshifter's Secret, #2)
  • Everything Breaks
  • The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark, #2)
  • Piece of My Heart
I'm a (mostly) YA writer with a background in theatre, Renaissance Festival living chessboards, and freefalls. I can lose hours at a time Wiki-surfing interesting articles that may or may not have anything to do with my research, and I like to think that St. George regretted killing that dragon for all the rest of his days. A WOUNDED NAME came out in 2013 from Carolrhoda Lab; THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN ...more
More about Dot Hutchison...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“And promises, once made, must be kept, and if later you regret them, you should have been more careful in making them.” 10 likes
“A promise is a rope around the neck.” 7 likes
More quotes…