Book Review: The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, by Erin Dionne

total_tragedy_coverThe Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet was awesome! From Erin Dionne, author of Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies and Tales of an Accidental Band Geek, comes a story about Hamlet Kennedy, a funny eighth grade girl with a few big problems:

1) Her name is Hamlet- what about that is not tragic?
2) Her seven year old sister Dezzie will be attending eighth grade with her- as the math tutor (eek!)
3) Her parents are a walking, talking Renaissance fair who are still stuck in the 16th century and use words like Huzzah!

With issues like this you would expect Hamlet to just curl up under a rock and be homeschooled like any normal person. But Hamlet does not give up. Even if Carter still isn’t interested in her and she’s tanking pre-algebra, she doesn’t (excuse me, does not) let it show. Between her friends, her sister, and the school performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in which she plays Puck, she is able to actually enjoy her eighth grade year and even (shh!) has a secret admirer.

The characters are vibrant and funny, the plot is unpredictable, and the writing entertaining. This book is real, funny, and down to earth. Ask for it for Christmas!

-Becka O., 9th grade

One thought on “Book Review: The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, by Erin Dionne

  1. A very nice review! I have read “Tales of an Accidental Band Geek”, and I enjoyed it, so I can’t wait to read this! Since you liked this book, I know one that is similar, or at least with the exposition: “Shakespeare’s Secret”, by Elise Broach, which is about a girl named Hero who lives with her Shakespearean-loving parents, if you want to read it.

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