The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

  • Pages:304
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:LGBTQ, queer teens, queer romance, Shakespeare, school play
  • Available: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
"Rebecca Auerbach provides near-perfect matches for the eclectic characters in this young adult audiobook.... She also provides fitting character portrayals, especially Alison's wide range of feelings as she experiences more and more stress over the school play. Teen listeners, especially theater fans, will enjoy this production."
– AudioFile Review
GCLS Literary Young Adult Award   | 2021  |  Winner