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Nerissa Dey is living out a Shakespeare play and hoping to avoid the tragic ending. When her A-list actor father dies suddenly, Nerissa flies home from boarding school to discover her mother has married her uncle. Not only that, but her dead dad's ghost asks her to avenge him. With the help of her friends, Nerissa sets out to do just that.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Langlinais artfully mirrors without overly mimicking the play-within-a-play of Shakespeare's Hamlet with a storyline that is fast-paced and engagingly plotted.

Prose: The author's prose crackles with rhythmic writing and colorful similes, ably capturing young voices while gently mocking the weirdness of adults.

Originality: Though the book's plot tracks the classic play Hamlet, it does so with a great deal of fluidity and flair.

Character Development: Langlinais takes familiar YA types and invests them with refreshing resonance.

Date Submitted: May 14, 2018

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