The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

  • Pages:304
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:LGBTQI2S, High School, Friendship, Family, Romance
  • Pub Date:09/22/2020
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:760L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
Alison Green, desperate Valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s disaster-prone production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her second big mistake is accidentally saying yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte, the star of the play.
(D)ebut novelist Jansen crafts a relatable heroine whose anxious first-person narration carries the debut, while the diverse supporting cast rounds it out. Readers will root for Alison as she learns to collaborate, manage others’ expectations, accept failure, and, ultimately, to love.
– Publisher's Weekly, September 1 2020
In the words of the Bard himself, most wonderful.
– Kirkus Reviews, June 2020
GCLS Literary Young Adult Award   | 2021  |  Winner