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The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Alison Green, desperate valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. That's her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying Yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she's crushing on Charlotte. Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as "Ye Olde Shakesp ...more
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Published September 22nd 2020 by Second Story Press
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charlotte,
On my blog.

Rep: lesbian mc, pan li, Korean American side character, Moroccan American side character, gay side characters

Galley provided by publisher

I started a tally reading this book, and it went like so:

Times failed to use the word lesbian: 13

Times the word lesbian is used, but not by the MC to refer to herself: 3

Times the MC uses the word lesbian about herself: 3

Because I have read way too many YA books which refuse to use the word lesbian at this point to have any sort of patience, to b
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Rachel Kathryn Wright
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was honestly not the right thing for me because I don’t think I am the target audience. This book is said to be for young adult readers but honestly I would says it’s better for older side of middle school. Because this book really dramatizes what high school is like and how teens act. And with this being so dramatized it made most characters annoying and stereotyped. With how dramatic and very descriptive it made everything feel so cringey. I felt that none of the characters were full ...more
its.me.the.bibliophile
**Thank you to NetGalley, the author, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this novel!**

This was a fun contemporary read with LGBTQIA+ representation as well as themes of challenging our own thoughts about success, expanding our comfort-zones, & being honest with those closest to us. Please find my extended feedback below...along with some spoilers (beware).
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Things I Liked:
-the honesty regarding the high school experience...it felt like a genuine portrayal of al
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Flor
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eArc of this book in exchange of an honest review.
How do I start? The idea of book appealed me at once, I really love theater and having been in a school play myself I was really excited to see a group of kids bond together through the development of the book, however, that wasn’t quite what I got.

The beginning was nice, felt like a high school movie and I love those so I was flying through the pages in this light hearted and charmin
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Marjolein
I was looking for some light escapism to read over the weekend - I have been feeling slightly reading slump-ish and I wanted to reverse it as soon as possible. Than I saw The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life popping up all over my feed, and remembering that I still had an ARC of it, I decided to quickly read it.

The main character, Alison, is busy preparing the best possible starting points for college applications, when she decides to produce the school production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. H
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Tessa
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
*My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

⭐⭐⭐ ! Very cute!

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life is a YA contemporary about a girl named Alison who so desperately wishes to end her high school career as Valedictorian. When she's roped into (co)producing A Midsummer Night's Dream, she has to learn to balance the show, her school work, her friends, and the love life she's not sure if she's ready to fully explore yet.

This was a sweet, rela
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Sophie's Reading Corner
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alison's goal is to be the valedictorian this year and she doesn't want to stray from her goal. Sadly, she ends up becoming a producer in the school play of A Midsummer Night's Dream and her hands are full. Apart from the play, Alison is getting to know Charlotte and she doesn't know if her interest is mutual or not.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's a YA contemporary and our heroine is homosexual and out to her friends and family, yet there's a really good question concerning what out means
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Michelle
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review.

Alison Green, a perfectionist and runner for her school's valedictorian agrees to help a teacher "co-produce" the school's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. Alison quickly realizes that she must take on the sole role of producing the play and ropes in her best friend and sister to help her. However, as time goes on and the play nears opening night, Alison finds th
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Kat
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a young adult (YA) novel set in a high school as the primary protagonist, Allison, is suddenly burdened with being the producer for the school play. The novel follows the course of the play through the school year. Allison is a lesbian who is out to a select few people at the start of the play.

I felt like Allison, a very scholastically driven teenager, had a lot of internalized homophobia that she was trying to address but I actually didn’t feel like it ever was addressed. At one point,
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Laura
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Have you ever had a big goal that you felt was attainable and you decided that one more extracurricular would look great for that goal/application?  But then everything starts to go wrong despite your best intentions and hardwork.  

As if high school isn't hard enough as a transition period in your life.  But add in navigating relationships, feelings, schoolwork, studying, friendships, influencing teachers to vote for you as valedictorian and produce a school play.

We get to watch Allison co-produ
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Jessica
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, arc, sapphic
I knew I was going to fall in love with this book the moment that I read the title and it absolutely blew me away. I loved everything from the characters, to the atmosphere, to the plot. Every aspect of this book came together to form this wonderful book that I wish I had read as a teenager and that I think will be really important to many teenagers today.

The characters are all really well rounded and individual, but they have some great dynamics and friendships. They are not perfect, they make
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Iris
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I absolutely flew through it. On the other hand, it wasn't actually . . . good? Which isn't even to say I don't recommend it—it's an over-the-top, fluffy, vaguely trashy sapphic read, and if that's what you go into it expecting I doubt you'll be disappointed. The fact is, whatever else you say about it, it's fun.

I don't have a lot of coherent thoughts about this boo
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Vaishnavi
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun treat filled with unexpected turns in the story.

What I loved most in the book would be the fact that it is centred around a play in high school which will focus particularly on a set of students. This theme being the forefront brought out the capability of the author to do complete justice to those dorky, fun, superb characters. I expected a little more details on the play that they were producing but sometimes that was a good thing that not much of the play was stressed on
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Axellesbooks
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank to Netgalley for this e-arc.
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life is about Alison who agrees to produce the school's play. That's not the first mistake she makes, when her best friend Jack asks her on a date she realises that was also a mistake. But luckily she gets help from her best friend and sister. But even with them, she makes mistakes. Alison has a crush for Charlotte and she tries to get her attention. There's a lot of drama going on, not only in the play.

To start with, this was suc
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Rach
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Alison Green is wanting to be a Valedictorian. She agrees to produce the school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream hoping it will give her an edge on everyone else to be Valedictorian. Once she starts she wishes to hadn't said yes. Various things happen while Alison is trying to make the show happen including her crush Charlotte getting a part. Alison must decide what she really wants in life.

It was enjoyable reading how the production came together and you don't realise how much work go
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Attack Salmon
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I am glad I read this. This book is something I needed this time around. Its cute. It makes u feel good.

Only thing that I didn't click with is Charlotte and Alison. I don't feel any chemistry between them (could be FF wasn't really my thing )and Alison barely known Charlotte then suddenly they are together. Charlotte also didn't strike me as someone with a personality. She was really bland

The play itself is fun. I enjoyed reading about how Alison manage to bring together a play despite having z
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen is a light and cute YA contemporary. It follows the misadventures of Alison, a high school student who is producing her school's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. She's got a lot to cope with if she's going to make it through the school year. The overall story line of novel is fun and goes pretty quickly, but I was never all that invested in any of the characters to become attached
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Nad
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3,5/5
it was a fun and cute story overall
Smriti
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this was super cute! Maybe because I found this *uber* relatable (apart from the LGBT bit). lol.

More cohesive review coming up.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review.
Hira Chaudhary
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was a cute, light story filled with play hijinks, miscommunication, chaotic love, and a cast of characters you will really like. (I say like and not love, because while they were all great, they weren't the kinds of characters that stick with you after you've closed the book).

Allison was a fun protagonist and I liked her quest to get with her crush, Charlotte. They were cute and I liked how they were toge
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clara
*3.75. as in what the heck is wrong with me.

whenever anyone says "oh this book is trash but I love it" all I can think is



bruh. if you think it's trash, you don't love it. if you love it, you don't think it's trash. gosh make it make sense

but. despite the fact that this is the kind of book i would usually roast to death (idk first metaphor that came to mind), the writing style bothered me pretty significantly, this one character had me all i am confusion all the time, and the average on this boo
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Lauren
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
A huge thanks to Netgalley, Second Story Press, and Dani Jensen for the eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

3 stars for this one. This was a short, cute read, and I enjoyed the overall story line. Alison was an enjoyable MC, though she could have been a bit more fleshed out. In fact, despite liking the characters in this book, I didn't LOVE any of them, and they just didn't quite stand out on the page as much as they could've.

Alison gets roped into producing the school play her senior ye
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Christie McLaughlin
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
The concept of this book sounded great, a LGBTQ+ romance involving a girl who has been put in charge of producing her school's production of Midsummer Night's Dream. However, this book fell flat in terms of characterization. All the characters felt very flat and stereotypical. You knew this character was the Cool Girl, and thus was going to act in such and such a way. This character was the Goth Girl, and was going to act this way. This left the book feeling very predictable. The romance also fe ...more
Althea
2.5 Stars - DNF
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life follows Alison, who desperately wants to be valedictorian, and who is given the role of producer of the school play - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Despite all the chaos that comes along wish producing a play, Alison is also facing some craziness in her personal life - the girl she has a crush on is starring in the play and let slip that she thinks Alison is cute but Alison has accidentally landed herself on a date with her oldest friend, Jack, eve
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Rowan
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Thanks to NetGalley and Second Story Press for providing me with an e-arc!

I loved the title to begin with, so I was very excited to read this book. Meet Alison, a teenage girl in her senior year. To add a little extra to her university applications, she volunteers / gets tricked into becoming the producer of the school play, which happens to be A midsummer nights dream by Shakespeare.

I loved the outline of the story and the general idea of it. At some points the story is a little flimsy but it h
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Melanie
3.5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and ECW Press Audio for an alc of this book.
Content Warnings at end of review.

Alison is recruited to produce her school's play of Midsummer Night's Dream, and hopes that it will help her win her ultimate goal of becoming valedictorian. Along the way, basically everything that could go wrong does, and Alison will have to learn not to be so much of a perfectionist if she wants to keep her friends and her sanity.

This book was pretty cute and fairly interesting. There
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bianca
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
my request for this ARC has just been approved by netgalley, i'm excited !!

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Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

rep: lesbian mc, pansexual li, korean american side character, moroccan american side character, gay side characters

actual rating: 2.5 stars

This book follows the story of our main character, Alison. She is really fixed on getting to be valedictorian at graduation and, to make it happen, she agrees to co-produce the school
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Laurence R.
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
This is a cute novel! I could relate a lot to the main character since I was valedictorian too. I really liked how the story took place around a play, since I never got to participate in one during my school years. I wasn’t a fan of the love interest because this particular character felt a bit one-dimensional to me, but part ot that might be because the interactions with the main character were not always described. Overall, this is a nice high school novel and I’d recommend it!

Thank you NetGal
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Dini - dinipandareads
I read this as part of the blog tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2 stars

I was so looking forward to reading this because it sounded like it would be a very cute YA contemporary set in high school, but in the end, it just wasn't for me. This was due, in large part, to my inability to connect with and care for the MC, as well as the lack of development in the relationships and other characters,
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Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life was pretty interesting. In it, you will meet Alison Green. She has hopes and dreams of becoming her class valedictorian. So she honestly will say to any teacher willing to give her recommendation. It just so happens that she said yes to becoming the producer of the school's play.

Now without going into too much detail, this book was cute. I adored some of the friendships and the relations
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