srsly Hamlet by William Shakspeare and Courtney Carbone
Age range: 12 and up
Series: OMG Shakespeare
Genre: Classic retellings
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)
Source: from publisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Hamlet, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
A kingdom on the brink of war.
A stolen throne.
A boy seeking revenge.
and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.
A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.
Just like YOLO Juliet, this book is told entirely in texts and status updates. It was immensely fun to read, and the author added her own element of charm and humor to the story. Personally, I enjoyed YOLO Juliet a teensy bit more, but that may have more to do with my familiarity with the story than anything else.
This book is intended for teens, but younger kids will enjoy it too. Be forewarned that there is violence and quite a bit of foul language in the form of text slang/abbreviations. But if your teen loves Shakespeare, they’ll enjoy the different approach this book takes.
Content: violence, language