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That Way Madness Lies

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Fifteen acclaimed YA writers put their modern spin on William Shakespeare’s celebrated classics!

West Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!

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Hardcover, 221 pages
Published 2021 by Flatiron Books
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Jun 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
arc gods, hear my prayers

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Sep 24, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So excited to have another anthology coming, and now that eARCs are available, I wanted to do the same thing I did with His Hideous Heart and put CWs in my review in spoiler tags. (Assume "Death and/or Murder" for all of the Tragedies.)

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This is everything I've ever wanted out of an anthology. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, 2021-releases
now, this should be an anthology i enjoy ehehe <3

Eva B.
May 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
I love that this is tackling some lesser-known plays like All's Well That Ends Well, A Winter's Tale, and Coriolanus, but I'd be lying if I wasn't the most hyped for Anna-Marie McLemore's take on A Midsummer Night's Dream! Their writing is so lyrical and I'm super excited to see what they do with the story. Same with Amy Rose Capetta and Cory McCarthy's Much Ado About Nothing. ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I've been screaming ever since this got announced and will be screaming until I have it in my hands!!! ...more
Taasia ✨
Jul 14, 2019 marked it as please-give-me
so how do i get an ARC of this

excuse me brb screaming
When you get a vibe and know it's good and then you read it and it's everything you thought it would be. Check!

I've had this on my TBR forever, waiting first for cover art, then for more details, then for it to be available to read, and the Gods answered. Adler puts together a stellar anthology of re-interpretations of Shakespeare's beloved plays and sonnets with a lovely cast of authors giving it everything they've gone in terms of character, plot, setting.

Each short story pulls its weight and
Caitlyn DeRouin
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-retellings
Nov 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
hello i love shakespeare & i want this immediately
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Adler's compilation of Poe retellings in His Hideous Heart, and she and her authors didn't let me down with their YA retellings of the Bard! ...more
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
I am actually screaming internally with excitement for this because I love Shakespeare, or at least, the stories (I haven't read too many of his actual works, but I want to!!) This is going to be EVERYTHING. ...more
Jul 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: unknown-release
Okay so:
A) an anthology of Shakespeare retellings
B) written by some of my favorite authors

Kristīne Vītola
The story by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy has a demisexual MC
Jan 03, 2021 marked it as soon
now, I don't read anthologies but this one... this one sounds so cool ...more
Mishma Nixon
Jan 10, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021
I am a Shakespeare junkie, and this anthology is going to be everything I’ve ever wanted. I adore Shakespeare retellings, and the authors (and tales) in this line up sound amazing! I can already predict that Anna-Marie McLemore’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is going to be a fav, and Melissa Bashardoust is the certified retelling queen, and super intrigued by Brittany Cavallaro’s story, because sonnet 147 is one of my favourite sonnets!

Check out my most anticipated releases from 2021!
Alexis Stankewitz
*Thank you very much to Flatiron Books,Dahlia Adler, and Negalley for an E-ARC of "The Way Madness Lies" in exchange for a honest review. * So, to be 100% honest, Shakespeare is NOT my jam, but even without loving the source material, I was pleasantly surprised to find I liked this! My favorite had to be K.Ancrum's "Taming of the Soulmate" which I thought was brilliant! ...more
Rebecca Crunden
Aug 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anthologies
*sees K. Ancrum*
*adds to list*
*sees Shakespeare*

This anthology sounds freaking awesome.
Ann Rees
Jun 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
I want it I need it
Ashley Dang
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of William Shakespeare inspired anthologies with a modern spin! I had a blast reading these and by far one of my favorites was.... Hamlet but with girls and vampires! Such a diverse and unique spin on the Shakespeare classics. I absolutely adore Shakespeare and this was a great take on the classics. Each story is unique and some of them have author notes explaining why the author took a particular take which is such a nice touch! Seriously go read this if you enjoy Shakesp ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Izabelle ♡
Oct 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
k. ancrum is on here.
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
I’m a simple woman. I see Lily Anderson doing Shakespeare again, I add to my tbr.
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Dahlia Adler is an Editor of Mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a writer of Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She's the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, the Radleigh University series, and Cool for the Summer (Wednesday Books, 2021); a contributor to anthologies All Out, The Radical Element, and It's a Whole Spiel; the edito ...more

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