The Taming of the Drew
Cass McKay is fresh out of high school and ready for adventure as she takes on an internship with Shakespeare at Dunmore, performing The Taming of the Shrew. When the angry lumberjack that rear-ended her on the drive to Vermont turns out to be the brooding actor Drew—Petruchio to her Kate—she knows it’s going to be a long summer. Her new room mate inexplicably reveals a crush on the cranky actor, and Cass can’t bear to see her hurt by another jerky boy. So she hatches a plan to use their script as a guidebook to “tame the Drew” into the perfect boy. But plans don’t always go the way you want them to.
This is a quick read, mostly because you have to be fast to keep up with Cass’ sharp tongue. It begins enthusiastically, as Cass throws herself recklessly into her first adult venture. I wouldn’t use Cass as an example of good decision-making, because she makes some stupendously poor choices, but she has such an abundance of personality, it’s hard not to like her. Verbal play ensues as heated arguments turn to friendly banter, and the Shakespeare-obsessed actors quote liberally from various plays. A fun new twist on one of the Bard’s more difficult works.
Sky Pony Press
Stephanie Kate Strohm