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#15. Spanking Shakespeare

Lewd and funny. Not nearly as hilarious as Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but funny nonetheless. I mention Alexie because this book was recommended to me based on my interest in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Shakespeare Shapiro is a senior at Hemingway High school. Each senior is required to write a memoir in their final year; it’s what the school is famous for, because many former finalists for the memoir award have been published by a major company. Shakespeare, a self-deprecating humorist, decides to make his memoir worthy of a prize – maybe it will win him some attention from girls, maybe people will finally treat him with respect, maybe he’ll get a date to the prom.

The book is written as Shakespeare’s memoir, interspersed with a first person narration of his senior year as it unfolds.

Laugh out loud funny in parts, and convincingly portrayed, this was not a bad book. Still, it is not a book I’d seriously consider re-reading.

2 stars

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