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Saving Hamlet

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  834 ratings  ·  207 reviews
A charming young adult contemporary novel with a little Shakespeare-infused time-travel adventure...and plenty of drama!

Emma Allen couldn't be more excited to start her sophomore year. Not only is she the assistant stage manager for the drama club's production of Hamlet, but her crush Brandon is directing, and she's rocking a new haircut that's sure to get his attention. B
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2016)
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Molly Booth Nothing Happened has a different set of characters than Saving Hamlet! As for a SH sequel, I can't say much on that front, just that I DO love and mis…moreNothing Happened has a different set of characters than Saving Hamlet! As for a SH sequel, I can't say much on that front, just that I DO love and miss SH's characters. :) Thanks so much for this question, and I'm so glad you liked the book!! <3 (less)
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I'm a sucker for all things Hamlet, so I was beyond excited to get approved for this.

I really liked Emma. Her passion for theatre is new, but it comes across in her actions. The backstory was a little clichéd and perhaps not even necessary. I didn't think soccer or the mean girls were important aspects to Emma's life.

I loved the back and forth. The idea of seeing a show at The Globe with Shakespeare there to have his hand in everything is like a dream come true. Cooke was adorable and the snip
Bridget Hodder
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly **loved** this quirky, beguiling, wonderful book!

If you think an ordinary sophomore year in high school is hard, try adding a disastrous theater production, losing your best friend, and some accidental time travel into the mix. And Shakespeare. As in, the real Shakespeare, the guy with the goatee and the quill pen and the frilly shirt, walking around in Elizabethan England at the Globe Theater, where you also happen to unexpectedly find yourself.

Put it all together, and Drama Club techie
Caleb Roehrig
An engaging, quirky, and fun-filled read, SAVING HAMLET was pretty much tailor-made for the recovering theatre major in me. The amusingly painful details of putting together a high school play are deadly accurate, the vibrant (and often narcissistic) personalities that populate the drama club uncomfortably true to life, and the Shakespearean scholarship woven throughout the book is utterly fascinating. Molly Booth writes authentically melodramatic drama kids with such sympathy, it actually helpe ...more
T.J. Burns
Fantastico! Brava! Bravo! Encore! Zugaben! ...and all that good stuff!

Quirky, interesting characters! Emma, Stanley, Lulu, Josh, Brandon, Cooke, Wick, Haddock, and the bard himself -- this was definitely a character driven story.

Emma is shy and insecure, but I find that endearing. I was rooting for her to get a chance to come out of her shell and discover her potential. I liked and could identify with her. She is not very confident in her surroundings and in her actions at first, but she is to
Adriana Mather
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition geeks, Shakespeare, time travel...what's not to love about this book? High school sophomore Emma Allen is an ex-soccer player who recreated herself as a member of stage crew after a disastrous incident during her freshman year. She is still working out the kinks of her new identity when she falls through a trapdoor in the stage and finds herself in 1601 in London, England. In fact, she finds herself in the Globe Theatre during the first production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

As she
Tarun Shanker
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun! Pretty much makes me regret not being a theatre kid in high school! RTC
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers interested in theatre/drama
2.5 stars

It's a shame that I didn't like this since the synopsis had me so hooked and intrigued. Time travel and Shakespeare, what could be better than the combination of the two?! I was really hoping it'd stay the same throughout the book, but it didn't, unfortunately.

One of the big problems I had in this was the time travel as it is never explained. The time travel occurs with no explanation on how it occurs and why it occurs - it just happens. I would have liked to see more of a fantasy elem
Jenny Lynn
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Well that was pretty fun and adorable (even though some things were left a little unresolved for my tastes). I kinda loved that I forgot that this contemporary YA had a twist with the time-travel and whatnot, because, when it happened, I was pretty pleasantly surprised. I loved that there was some diversity within the book and that it even had characters learning more about the fluidity of sexuality and some of their own ingrained sexism (Emma not thinking a boy could play Ophelia and then learn ...more
Wenwan Zhao
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cute
This book gave me so many reasons to love it. Theatre, Shakespeare, and admirable characters, it all came together to create a terrific novel.

I love books about theatre, because I find theatre kids to be some of the greatest ones to ever be. The theatre is a place of acceptance and togetherness. People of many talents come together to create something special and enjoyable. This book was no exception.

It was comforting to read through Emma's perspective. It is true that she did things I found s
This book was... odd. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was the plot all over the place and some of the writing a little weird and unrealistic? Absolutely. Was there relatable characters and an enjoyable story. You bet. There’s so much going on in this that I don’t know how to feel. The love interest was sort of confusing sometimes, and some events dragged on for a little too long. But the character growth was great and a lot of them were very lovable. I thought, fo ...more
Lauren Hockaday
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I even begin to talk about how much I hated this book.

I'll start I guess by saying that the protagonist, Emma Allen, was WAY too into other people's sexuality and was incredibly homophobic some times. Seriously she was SO obsessed, her gaydar was the absolute worst and her reasons for why she thought people were gay or not we're so closed minded it drove me bonkers.

The author says that she loves Shakespeare, yet seems to have a less than basic understanding of his life, what he was lik
Erin W
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really good!!! I didn't know if I would like the time traveling part but I did!!! This I think is going to be the book I'm writing a review on for school.
Still loved this as much as last time
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
4.2/5 stars, full review to come! We all know that “putting on a shakespeare play” is my favorite literary trope of all time, so what did you expect?

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Pacing: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Enjoyment: 5/5
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The moment I read the synopsis for Saving Hamlet I was so hooked that I moved it to my priority list to read .. I mean, time travel and Shakespeare what more do I want ?
Unfortunately, I didn't quite enjoy this book, I don't know why .. it felt so scattered all over the place and the plot wasn't moving smoothly .. Emma's character is not clear and her motives are so vague that I barely related to her .. she cries for an old guy she met yesterday and she doesn't care that her best friend is suffe
Mavis Ros
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Margot Harrison
I loved so many things about this book. The narrator's kick-ass personality, resilience, and goofy sense of humor. The hardcore Shakespeare/theater geekery. The believable relationships, both friendly and romantic. The matter-of-fact treatment of cross-dressing, LGBT characters, and theatrical gender fluidity. The deft juggling of a contemporary story with an awesome, wish-fulfilling time travel subplot.

But most of all, I love that this is a book about a teenage girl who learns to DO SOMETHING a
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B+

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for any YA book that is a retelling of or incorporates Shakespeare. So Saving Hamlet was right up my alley. (Plus the main character shares my name, so I mean, it was a given that I'd have to give this book a try.)
I loved that Emma was younger than most YA characters, which meant this book was highly relatable for younger YA readers. Also, the book explored friendship troubles, which I thought was a great topic. Lulu
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I want to just start of by saying I'm a sham of a Shakespeare nerd because the one play I'm not crazy familiar with is Hamlet. However, this book makes me want to go dig up my mom's old college copy and read it over and over again before re-reading this brilliant debut novel of Molly Booth's.

When I first started it, I thought it was cute. Emma is the dorky theatre kid I wish I was in 10th grade and her friends are equally as dorky and dramatic. There were little things that erked me abo
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly unique book, refreshingly written from the perspective of a theatre techie instead of an actor. Emma's sense of humor and thoughts noted on the page made her character very relatable. Shakespeare fans (and all) will love the time travel portions - Molly's passion for the Bard and the time period comes shining through! There were fewer super serious YA issues overall - coming out to unsupportive parents being the most intense. Molly expertly writes the comparison of Emma's positive, nurtu ...more
Judy Sheehan
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not just that Booth has created a fun, original spin on time travel, or Shakespeare, or drama kids. It's that she has done this was humor, heart, and a cool, fun sense of language. This was one of those books where I slowed down because I just needed to savor the complete and thoroughly delightful world this author has created. Encore! ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast, easy to read, and adorable. Perfect for anyone who loves Shakespeare.
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

More than anything else, this book was fun. It was an easy, quick read, which was exactly what I was in the mood for. I was really intrigued by this book when I first read the summary- a girl in present day who time travels back to Shakespeare’s time?? Sign me up. I was more interested in the historical aspect of it than the actual Hamlet part of it, and overall, it was basically what I expected, which is to say, it was a good mix of both- with some high school drama. It’s a unique mix
4.5 stars.

I always knew I would love Saving Hamlet. I mean, with a synopsis like that, what's not to love? Even though time-travel novels aren't really my thing, and Hamlet isn't my favourite Shakespeare play, I have a real weakness for YA Shakespeare books, and this sounded like one of the best ones available. My expectations going into it were sky high as a result, yet it somehow managed to live up to them. This book is just so joyous. It's a celebration of theatre and friendship and finding y
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
DNF at 35 pages. This was part of my Balancing the Books series in September 2018.

I normally try to read at least 15% or 50 pages before I DNF a book but, first of all, because this was a Balancing the Books book, I already started off with the thought of getting rid of it and second of all, I was already annoyed and bored by this at the same time. I feel like this TRIED to be woke but it wasn't.. at all? I don't know, it completely rubbed me the wrong way so far!!
Grace Andoyo
We look into different characters and try to know them. But as we get to understand them as characters, questions build up to strengthen whether what we believe them to be are who they really are. Hamlet still remains one of the greatest unknown. "To be or not to be", that is the question. Loving the idea of how a Hamlet Play would look like. ...more
Gillian Brownlee
This is a very solid 3/5. Not amazing, not bad. Very easy, fun read.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The time travel aspect wasn't the best but the current day sections were really well done ...more
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Molly Horton Booth teaches English at Bunker Hill Community College, and also writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She's the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET and NOTHING HAPPENED both published by Disney Hyperion. She graduated from Marlboro College and went on to get her English MA, studying Shakespeare some more (twist!), at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freela ...more

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