William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

I’ve read one of Doescher’s Star Wars books before, and was a big fan. So when I found out that I could get a copy of a Mean Girls adaptation from Quirk, I jumped at the chance. 

Much Ado About Mean Girls is a Shakespearean adaptation of the Tina Fey movie, Mean Girls. It is one hundred percent the same story; the same characters, plot points, and everything. The difference is that this book is written in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespearean plays. 

It has been quite some time since I last read Shakespeare, which made this a bit tough to start. But by the time the first act was finished, I was comfortably trucking along. It’s an incredible book; I was completely blown away by the language adaptation, and how well the book flowed. I absolutely adored it. 

I think the best use of this book, is for high schoolers reading Shakespeare. I think this is a great introduction to old Bill’s language and playwriting style, but with a familiar story. This book has the potential to make reading Shakespeare easier, and better for everyone. I would have definitely appreciated this; I would have understood Shakespeare’s words much more quickly if I had read a more familiar story first. 

I really loved this book. I think Much Ado About Mean Girls has a place on every library’s shelf, and is more than a necessary read. Get it for your eight grader, your best friend, or yourself, because everyone needs to read this book!

Much Ado About Mean Girls comes out April 23rd, and can be ordered from Quirk Books!













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