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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  283 reviews
Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cou
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
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☆High Lady of The Night Court☆
“I love you.”
She closed her eyes and tucked his fingers close, right where they belonged. “Against your will.”
“With so much of my heart, none of it is left to protest.”


It shouldn’t be possible to love characters this much. This book was mind blowing and reading it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. The book is set in the 1920’s following a group of people who each somehow ended up at Hey Nonny Nonny. These characters have spent their lives fighting to survive, now more than
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may ❀
Besides the fact that enemies to lovers trope is totally the greatest trope to exist (there is scientific proof to back this up) this book is just SO FANTASTIC YOU NEED TO READ IT RIGHT NOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING

The Characters
- now, you should be aware that this book is very character driven and so the majority of the story surrounds my babies and their preciousness
- and now imma go into detail
- benedict: my writer son whos willing to throw his silver spoon for his dreams, also hes sassy and snark
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars. This is an incredibly creative and interesting concept for a novel - a 1920s Much Ado About Nothing retelling set in prohibition era? count me in. And I enjoyed this fine upon first reading, but I don't know... I think as time as has gone on, I've realized I found some of this sort of boring. 

This is definitely a character-driven novel; in fact, it follows seven lead young characters, not even including the adults - the flirty and worldly Hero, my aspiring-doctor icon B
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McKelle George
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book's wit is as blunt as the fencer’s foil, which hits but hurts not.
This book wears its faith but as the fashion of its hat; it ever changes with the next block.
I would my horse had the speed of this book's tongue.
But by this day! I do spy some marks of love in this book...

....okay I'll stop. (¬‿¬)
Mackenzi
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Speak Easy Speak Love is a book nerd's dream. With the vivd hedonism of the 1920s, a cast of exquisitely drawn characters (with snappy chemistry and sexual tension that makes you want to smash their faces together), and wit to rival Will himself, a loving, fresh, and unputdownable homage to the original romantic comedy.
mith
you can read this & other reviews on my blog!
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THIS BOOK. Oh my gosh, this was just so charming. I was already drawn to it because have you seen that cover?! I want a poster of it on my wall. I want to look at it FOREVER because it is just so pretty, bless the artist. Everything about it--the author's name in that font, the typography, THE HAIR THINGS, the shadowy wisps, the 1920's feel--IS PURE PERFECTION.

Now, about the book itself! It is beautiful. Full of finding yourself, romance, SO MU
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Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars

I first fell in love with the cover of this book and then I fell in love with the words that make up this amazingly told retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. Speak Easy, Speak Love is set during the 1920’s in New York… a time of prohibition and secret clubs called Speakeasy’s, mobsters and bootlegging, and all make for an entertaining and captivating read that I couldn’t put down.

The story itself revolves around six teens whose lives tangle one fateful summer. Told from three points o
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Angie
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I am having difficulty achieving some semblance of coherence when it comes to this beautiful book. My feelings for it are threatening to overwhelm me on every level this morning. I didn't sleep last night. And I mean that literally. I didn't sleep a wink. Twice, I tried to force myself to do the right smart thing and wait to finish on the morrow. But my head and my heart would have none of it. They were both buzzing far too loudly to even think of sleep. I bo
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Stacee
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love MAAN and I legitimately didn't need to read anything else to read.

I loved this Beatrice and Benedick. Of course the rest of the cast of characters is fun, but I was obsessed with the banter between Bea and Ben. She's so smart and he's so stubborn and it was absolutely glorious.

Plot wise, it was a slow and perhaps dense in a few sections. There are a few working threads of story that make it feel well rounded, but it's also a lot to keep track of.

Overall, it was a fun read with a creati
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✶Rachelle✶
5 stars


“I'm penniless, alas. If I win, I want a dance. If you win, I'll give you a kiss."
"I don't suppose it occurred to you I might not want your kiss."
"If you don't want it, you can give it back.”



This book is by and far one of my absolute FAVORITES of 2018 😁



Shakespeare can be hit or miss for me. Romeo and Juliet, for example, annoying the living crap out of me. Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Twelfth Night....these are my babies. Wit, humor, and massive confusion all resul
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This was as fantastic as you would dare hope for a retelling of Much Ado About About Nothing set in a Long Island 1920s Prohibition-stricken speakeasy. It was shippy and banter-y and so much fun.
MaryGrace
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish more people would read this book. It was so FUN

Speak Easy, Speak Love is a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing set in prohibition era Long Island. That’s the only thing I needed to know and I was sold.

The plot may be a little lacking but the characters were spectacular. We’ve got a rich boy who doesn’t want to be useless and is trying to find his purpose (sound familiar?) A feminist girl who’s brilliant and wants to go to medical school, her spunky energetic flapper cousin who just wants
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Myrna
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Quit a retell with a mix of prohibition, speakeasies, mobsters, class, race, and breaking gender roles. The author did her research quite clearly and gave the novel an authentic feel regarding the events and times. On one hand, I liked reading about the characters’ (especially Benedick and Beatrice) love, friendship, dreams, connections, and the discovery of each other's strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, this one had too many chapters on prohibition for my taste but the book overall w ...more
Aleksandra
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
I loved it!!!

I was hoping I would love the book, but I didn't expect Speak Easy, Speak Love to be this hilarious, charming and all round entertaining read!

The story takes place in 1920s New York during the Prohibition era. The events occur in the speakeasy Hey Nonny Nonny in Long Island. There are three pov characters.
Beatrice is aspiring doctor and high school drop out because her step father couldn't afford to pay for her education. She moves to live with her Uncle Leo and his daughter Hero,
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Tara ☽
I’m finding it hard to fully fathom and express what it is I truly loved about this book so much. Aside from the fact that it’s a SHAKESPEARE RETELLING set in the ROARING TWENTIES (this fact alone should make you want to read it) my love for this book can be summed up in these 2 words: THE CHARACTERS. So I’ll just give you a walking tour of our six human disasters, because, boiz, this book is C H A R A C T E R D R I V E N:

BEATRICE: Aspiring doctor, the cleverest person you will ever meet, looks
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Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)
This was so well done! Beatrice and Benedick frustrated me to no end but in the best possible way! I would have loved to be a part of a group of friends like this ((view spoiler)).

Personally, I've always been interested in the prohibition era, mostly because I'm from Windsor, Ontario and Windsor had a significant role with regards to rum-running, so it's always been a part of local history I grew up with. I remember being a li
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Kara
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, ya
I have struggled to know what to say in this review. Because when a story is this good?! All I can seem to come up with is: YOU'LL LOVE IT, GO READ IT. So you can understand my turmoil, right? ;) For your sake, I'll attempt to be coherent, though...

First, the setting. I never knew that taking Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and placing it in the Roaring 20s would be so completely perfect. But it IS! It really, really is. All the foibles of these characters just absolutely make sense in a pr
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Rachel McMillan
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hope you guys aren't looking for deep thoughts or even coherent ones here because you have come to the wrong shindig, kittens. So get ready for this tipped-over-glass of rambling loquaciousness:

---from my blog----


I am DRIPPING with love for this book. ACHING with love for this book. GIDDILY FALLING OFF MY CHAIR for John Mor--erm--- I mean this book.

Yes. this book

(also, for John Morello)

and also for the voice--- the narrative voice-- cajoling and teasing and warm and knowing and like a sly wink
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Much Ado About Nothing retelling set in Prohibition-era New York?

Chesca
DID SOMEONE SAY "1920s" AND "SPEAKEASY"??? *shelves* I may be the only here who shelved this not because of the mention of a Shakespeare retelling.
anna (readingpeaches)
This review is also posted on my blog.
I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


4.5 ☆

First things first: I have a confession to make. I know the plot more or less but I've never actually read Much Ado About Nothing... In my defense! We don't read that much Shakespeare in school here! But honestly, even with that in mind, I absolutely Loved™ Speak Easy, Speak Love which I feel only means that it holds up wonderfully on its own, not only as a retelling!

If
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“The line between like and dislike is almost invisible when attraction is involved.”

This was such a fun book. It was glitzy and charming and had all the whimsy you would hope for from a 1920s Shakespeare-inspired retelling. With strong personalities and insane chemistry, this story captivates you from the first page. Speak Easy, Speak Love follows the lives of 6 teens in the summer of 1920s New York as their lives converge in the rundown and past-its-prime Hey Nonny Nonny mansion, with it’s
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Rosalyn Eves
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. Much Ado has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and I love it when adaptations get it right (see also: Lily Anderson's The Only Thing Worse than Me is You). I wasn't sure how Much Ado would translate to the 1920s and a speakeasy, but it turns out it translates brilliantly, with Beatrice as a young woman with ambitions of becoming a doctor, Benedict as a wealthy heir about to be cut off if he doesn't give up his dreams of writing, Hero as a young woman strugglin ...more
Amy
A 1920's retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. What a ride!
I stayed up far too late last night finishing this book because I could not put it down. It is not that the writing was that enjoyable (it is okay but sometimes a little cluttered) or that I needed to know what happened to the characters (honestly, Beatrice was kind of annoying?) but somehow all together the good and bad come together to create something really delightful.
I like how the author dropped (or maybe never had? that was part o
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Heather
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars-- pretty damn close to 5. I ADORED this book! What a surprise, I hadn't heard of it but am so happy to have discovered it and receive an early copy! I'm a big fan of anything to do with the roaring 20s, add speakeasy' s and mobsters alongside brilliant, quirky characters and fabulous writing-- guys it's a total, total win in my book. The story moved at just right the pace, the drama and comedy gelled perfectly, the romance was amazing and the banter top notch. But come on, it IS a ret ...more
Mandy
I knew this book was going to be spectacular, but I was not prepared for this.

This book was Six of Crows meets Shakespeare plus The Great Gatsby. I have no clue how that even works, but OH MY GOSH IT DID. I'm in this stunned stupor from it. Everything about it was so good: the writing, the characters, the setting, the descriptions, the parallels between the original play. Everythinggggggggggggggggggggggggg. I never thought these words would ever come out of my mouth, but this book really makes m
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Lauren
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. A retelling of Much Ado About Nothing set in New York during the 1920s, everything about this book was fantastic. This story follows six characters during the summer of 1927 - Beatrice, Benedick, Maggie, John, Hero and Prince - as their lives converge at Hey Nonny Nonny, a Speak Easy on Long Island. Drama, romance and hilarity ensue as these characters navigate running a nightclub during the prohibition era. The language in this book is seriously so good, most especially the snappy dialo ...more
Gaby
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was EVERYTHING I WANTED IT TO BE. 1920s. Much Ado About Nothing. So accurate. So perfect. I love.
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Speak Easy, Speak Love is a retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. After getting kicked out of her boarding school, Beatrice is sent to her Uncle's place in Long Island; Hey Nonny Nonny. Speak Easy, Speak Love follows the lives of the residents of Hey Nonny Nonny – Hero, Beatrice, Prince, Benedick, and Maggie as they navigate their dreams and wishes, love, prohibition, and the mafia.

I really enjoyed Speak Easy, Spe
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Anniek
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was sent a digital ARC of this book through Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review.

A retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, set in the Roaring Twenties? This book caught my attention the moment I read the description. I haven't read the Shakespeare play, but I do have a thing for retellings. And I love any story set in the '20s, it's such a fascinating decade.

It took me a few chapters to wrap my brain around the story, but once I did, this proved to be such a cute read. Beatri
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McKelle George is a reader, writer of clumsy rebels, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love is out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with ...more
“I'm penniless, alas. If I win, I want a dance. If you win, I'll give you a kiss."
"I don't suppose it occurred to you I might not want your kiss."
"If you don't want it, you can give it back.”
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