Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Loser's Guide to Life and Love

Very loosely based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, A.E. Cannon's The Loser's Guide to Life and Love is full of love-triangles gone awry, teen angst, and a large dose of humor. Scout likes Ed who thinks he likes Ellie who's destined for Ed's best friend Quark who falls madly in love with Scout. And behind it all the mysterious and wacky sunglasses-wearing employer Ali smiles and laughs.
This book was not only tons of fun, but would be a great companion novel to compare and contrast with the Shakespeare play. I knew that A.E. Cannon used the play for the novel before I read it, but even though I know Midsummer Night's Dream pretty well, it took me until the end of the book to really look back and find all the parallels. Even without the Shakespeare backbone, the novel has enough hilarious teen angst to keep readers thoroughly entertained for the few hours it takes to get through the text. Definitely worth a read!

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