Falling for Shakespeare by Erin Butler
Publication Date: Sept 8, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Katie thought she knew where her life was going. She was dating the captain of the football team, had a BFF for life, and everyone at school wanted to be her. But then her pregnant teen sister’s pregnancy changes all that. Everyone dumps her, including her friends and boyfriend.
Hey, Katie, welcome to life at the bottom of the high school food chain. This is how the other half lives.
Then there’s Nick. He’s a straight-A student and self-professed geek who’s had a thing for her since middle school. He needs a date for the winter formal, and Katie needs something to keep her busy. Nick’s plight becomes her personal pet project. She will help him get over his insecurities and get a date. Besides, she was popular once. She knows how to get dates.
But Nick has other plans. He’s going to use these “dating” lessons as a way to win Katie’s heart.
Fallling for Shakespeare is a cute YA romance about Katie, a girl who used to have it all and then became the school pariah when her sister became pregnant. She survives because an old friend she once shunned is still there for her. Nic welcomes her into his geek group – and pines away his lasting love for her. In the meantime, Katie recognizes that Nic really has been there for her, so she wants to help him find love. She gives him dating advice. From there, the lines blur between “training” and reality as Nic tries to impress Katie with his dating skills.
The book is written from dual perspectives of both Nic and Katie. This may have been an unfortunate choice because throughout the book we know Nic loves Katie and probably will forever. We also see Katie notice Nic and fall for him. There’s never any doubt where the book is going or that we’ll get there with very little trauma.
Nic is a great guy who even buys Katie a dress when he knows she can’t afford it as things are a little tough with her sister’s baby now in the family. It’s fun to watch Katie’s grumbling about her niece – but then she clearly loves and enjoys spending time with her. Katie’s main nemesis certainly has the cruel girl thing down and it’s sad to see how one person’s insecurities can drive a whole school to treat someone badly, especially for the actions of a relative. But, sigh, high school. But it’s also good to see that teen pregnancy is celebrated as something cool or desireable.
Falling for Shakespeare a cute story and of course the reader will root for the couple to finally get together. The writing is clean with very few typos and grammar mistakes. Some things felt a bit forced to have a teen voice – which will date the book in short time. This in an excellent book for readers who aren’t into a lot of stress in their romances.
I give this 3.5 stars, rounding to 4 in most systems.
Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.
She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.
Erin is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal novel, and the forthcoming contemporary romance titles, HOW WE LIVED and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION. You can visit her online at www.erinbutlerbooks.com.
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