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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Merit Press (first published November 18th 2012)
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2017-re-read
This book takes its inspiration from Shakespeare's The Tempest, but instead of a storm trapping the characters on an island, a blizzard traps teenager workers and shoppers overnight in a mall leading to all kinds of craziness. One of the trapped teens, Miranda Prospero, has always had a knack for bringing people together and manipulating things (for good, mostly) behind the scenes so a mall lock-down gives her lots of opportunities for fun. Until recently Miranda was a prep school princess, but ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
This is the first book ever I’ve read written by these two gifted authors and I must admit I’m uber impressed! If you’re a fan of rom-coms, you’ll undoubtedly adore this book. It’s one of those feel-good books which you read while smiling the whole time. You can just imagine the chaos that would ensue if a bunch of high school kids is locked unattended in a mall overnight and have the run of the place, right? I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this book was, but be prepared to laugh ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
What happens when a snow storm hits the city and many people, including a bunch of high school students in a mall over night. Miranda and Caleb are handcuffed together, Miranda's former mean friends are trapped in the mall too, and someone is robbing stores. This is a fun young adult story that will keep you entertained. Some of the pranks Miranda comes up with to get back at her former friends are pretty funny. Very entertaining and a very quick read. You could read it in a day.
Melannie :)
wawawawawawawawa I looooooooved it

Le me is like the Ryan, fully satisfied.

cannot wait to post full review, it was awesome.



So once in a while something totally unexpected happens, like finding a ten-dollar bill on the street or discovering there’s only 2 girls in your class, both of them named Melannie. OR starting a book and loving it from page one, that’s what happen to me while I read Tempestuous, loved it from page 1 ‘till
Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
"The ability for anyone in our generation to self-amuse has sadly been bred out of our species".

One of the funniest lines I've ever read in a YA book.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I started reading this novel. I had already forgotten the abstract and the title and cover didn't do much to revive my memory. I will most definitely purchase this book for my library when it comes out. It is one of the funniest, wittiest YA books I've ever read.

Miranda is a smart, sassy, conniving (in
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
3.5 Stars

Before reading Tempestuous I had no idea what Shakespeare's Tempest was about.So before reading Tempestuous I looked up the Tempest and here's a short summary that might give you an idea of what it is about.

Tempestuous was a quick and light read-It wasn't the kind of book that I usually read but it was definitely entertaining!Most retellings fall short of my expectations for some reason but Tempestuous was not one of those books.The similarities between Shakepeare's Tempest and
Remember high school? Remember being (or seeing someone else be) the brunt of scorn, going from the top of the food chain to the the social equivalent of the plague? Did the opportunity ever present itself to get revenge? Did you have the guts to take it?

Miranda is a fallen A-Lister at her private school. She had it all, the guy, the brains, the clique. It all came crashing down, big time and she is required to get a job (horrors!) in a mall food court to re-pay her debts. Top it off with the
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Miranda has been exiled to get a job. As if things could not be bad enough, the only jobs left at the mall was working in the food court. Miranda has a uniform that includes a hat with a spinning hot dog. Luckily, Miranda’s co-worker, Ariel is cool. However Miranda blames her ex-boyfriend, Brian and his new girlfriend, Rachel for her predicament.

Fortunately for Miranda she only has a few hours until her shift is over. As Miranda’s bad luck would have it a storm blows in and traps her and her
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)

My attempts to steer clear of Shakespeare in high school failed on most accounts but they did prevent me from reading The Tempest. However, not knowing the original play this book was based on did not hinder my opinion of it. I found Tempestuous to be funny, witty, charming, and amusing in a The Breakfast Club meets Paul Blart: Mall Cop sort of way!

The Breakfast Club


Paul Blart: Mall Cop



Let's start off with the main character, Miranda, because I am going to be honest, I sort of really love her. Even though we only get to

For Miranda Prospero, a former member of Eastern Prep’s elite “in-crowd,” life has become boring, but not exactly unbearable. Just recently, the school administration discovered that she and her friends were running a secret matchmaking service that paired up geeks and the academically challenged cool kids (for a price). In order to save their own skins, her (soon to be) ex-beau and friends produced Miranda as the ringleader of the operation. Ordered by the school to pay back all the money she’s ...more
Jodi Davis
Read this and other reviews at my blog.

Thank you Netgalley for providing my advance copy.

After being roped into the greatest cheating scandal her prep school had ever seen, Miranda is forced to take a job at Hot-Dog Kabob in the mall as a way to repay her "debt to society" for her involvement. Banished and ridiculed, unfairly, by her classmates, Miranda struggles to maintain her dignity in her low-wage, highly embarrassing job. When the biggest snow storm of the season traps the mall workers and
Miriam Downey
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

Tempestuous is a delightful YA romp based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but the reader doesn’t have to know too much about The Tempest to enjoy Tempestuous. Miranda Prospero is a feisty take-charge type of teenager who through a series of misfortunes is stuck with an after school job at a mall food court in Minneapolis. She is feeling really sorry for herself when she arrives at work on a Saturday evening. The weather service has
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tempestuous is a catty and wit-filled teen novel with hilarious lines and relatable characters. Together these authors create a world that lasts one night, reminiscent of a mystery infused version of The Breakfast Club. Breaking all social boundaries Miranda and the other characters travel the roads of self discovery and find new friends along the way. It is a must read for fans of young adult comedies and fans of John Green.

Miranda is one of those girls that has all of the answers. A born
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read this review at Book Junkie Joint.

Definitely a pure delight!

This story involves one cold night, one mall, a couple of minimum-wage earning employees with different strengths, add in the former friends, plus the infidel ex-boyfriend, a mysterious burglar, one very smart mastermind, a glitter bomb blitzkrieg, an impromptu rock concert, not to mention several revenge plots involving guerrilla tactics, and a whole lot of randomly chaotic events which only fall into places at the last minute.

Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tempestuous is due to be released on 18th December. This is an early review.

This review can also be found at:

As a fan of both YA and Shakespeare, Tempestuous is exactly my kinda thing. Tempestuous, based loosely on Shakespeare's The Tempest was full of references to other Shakespeare plays too, along with Jane Austen and modern crazes such as Words With Friends. Some may dislike what seems to be a barrage of 'names and labels' but I loved it. It really
Viviane Crystal
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Prospero, a once upon a time very popular teen, is working in a corn dog fast food stand to pay off her punishment fine. What’s the deal? It turns out Miranda was the dupe of a shyster teen who put together a group of geeks who would write essays for other students and in another incident arrange to have others take the SAT. Fake IDs, etc. were eventually discovered and the scam turned into a criminal event, with Miranda taking the heat for all of it.
So here she is in a greasy dump
Megan (The Book Babe)
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Tempestuous had all of the key elements of a good romantic comedy--meaning that it was really cute and all, but it would never happen in real life. The ending was a bit too perfect, and the characters were a bit too cliche. But in spite of that, I still enjoyed it.

It was a good read, because it took my mind away from all the books I've been reading lately--all dealing with rough issues and hard lives. But this cut me a break from
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
As all of you can tell, this book is a modern re-telling of Shakespeare's play called the Tempest. If you haven't read it before it's actually fine, since I didn't read it and I understood it quite perfectly. Though it wouldn't be too bad if you had some insight of the play before you start reading it.

I really did enjoy reading this book! I like the flow of the story since it's easy to follow and went in a good pace. There's romance, drama, action, and even some mystery - actually everything
Quionna (theblacklitqueen)
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tempestuous is about a girl named Miranda who works at mall food court selling hot dogs. She is in this position due to her being caught in a SAT school scam and has to pay all the damage she has done. One day she, her coworkers, other mall employees, and some mall customers get snowed in and is trapped in the mall overnight. And that is when chaos begins.

I really REALLY love this book. I thought the main character was witty, spontaneous and rebellious. It's kind of funny that a lot of
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I haven't actually read The Tempest, so I can't compare its story line to this one. I can say that this was a very fun read! I was cracking up quite a bit. The authors have a great writing style.

I loved the group of characters, including all the supporting ones. I could connect to some of them and the others reminded me of some people I've known. I would say that Caleb was my favorite though. He seemed very sure of himself and wasn't easily swayed by the whims of others. I liked Miranda too. She
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Short Review:

Let's just say, the first part was awesome, the second part was absolutely horrendous and boring.
I loved the idea: kids stranded in a mall? With a snowstorm going on? Wow, awesome. Can't wait to see how that develops.

Instead, we get teen drama, breaking a mall (yes they do considerable damage to the mall) and some lame mystery going on (I knew for the start that that person would be the criminal).

Our main character was at times nice, but a lot of time she was just annoying,
Michelle Mcroberts
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

I delighted in this story. I'm a huge Shakespeare fan, and often I'm skeptical of imitations and retellings of Shakespeare; however, this story was very successful. There was enough similarity between this story and The Tempest that I could see the plot wending its way through, but there was enough difference that I was still left wondering exactly how things were going to play out.

The story was told with a
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly this book wasn't as boring as I thought. It started off slow. To be honest I didn't know too much about Shakespeare's Tempest. However, after reading this book it makes me want to read it now.
The book starts off rather slow in my opinion, however as the plot unravels with Miranda n her gang stuck in the mall, things start to grab my attention. The mystery was intriguing and made me want to solve the mystery before Miranda did. The characters were nicely developed and displayed the
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honesty, I haven't read the play " The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, a romantic and comedy play. I truthfully think that everyone can understand this intriguing novel. What a dramatic book, all this dilemma started with the school SAT scam, quadruple romance, mystery thief, school arch enemies, and the ignorant ex-boyfriend who betrayed Miranda Prospero. They come together in a lunatic night. All begun with Miranda best friend and co-worker, Ariel. Her surprise birthday party and a ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, romance, funny
Solid 3.5, funny, smart, if a little predictable (I knew who the culprit was 1/2 through), but very much worth the read. I loved Miranda and her subjects.
Amy P.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The dialogue in this book is damn funny! This may not be a new story by far, but the updated version is definitely worth a read. This book had me laughing out loud at parts.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
a little overrated :-(
♥Beauty With a Brain♥
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, angst
You can also find this review on:

Thank you, NetGalley and publishers, for providing me with an ARC.

Have you ever had that feeling where the pacing is so slow that you feel you’ll lose interest in it quickly, and yet at the last moment when you’re about to close the book, you just need to find out how the book will end? That’s how I felt after finishing Tempestuous.

I’ve never read The Tempest by William Shakespeare, so I had to go on Spark Notes and find
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book had an overall good story to it. I enjoyed the parallel between Shakespeare and Tempestuous, but I think I was expecting more. Granted, the story was meant to entertain those who don’t necessarily enjoy Shakespeare, and you could use this text as a basis for introducing his work. However, given my love for all things Shakespeare, I was left a little disappointed with the lack of “clear Shakespeare” in the writing and Tale.

Overall, this is a good read for a younger audience and would
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Kim Askew is co-author of the Twisted Lit novels, critically-acclaimed, Shakespeare inspired young adult fiction, published by Simon & Schuster.

Kim's writing has appeared in newspapers, literary journals, and other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, SoMa Literary Review, and Elle Magazine, as well as the anthology The May Queen.

She wrote her Master's thesis, on Henry James, at

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Twisted Lit (4 books)
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“Remind me why I'm doing this again?" I whispered back.
"For your real friends, of course: Me, Caleb, and Chad."
"That's sweet of you to say, but I'm not sure we're all friends. Mr. Darcy over here," I indicated Caleb with a nod, "finds me barely tolerable.”
“Where are you taking me?” he asked.
“To Got Games for a pair of those trick handcuffs,” I said. “I’m not letting you get away so easy this time.”
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