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Cass McKay has been called stubborn, temperamental, difficult, and that word that rhymes with “witch” more times than she cares to count. But that’s all about to pay off. She has finally landed the role she was born to play—Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew—in the summer apprentice program of a renowned Shakespeare theater company in the forests of Vermont.But Cass can bareCass McKay has been called stubborn, temperamental, difficult, and that word that rhymes with “witch” more times than she cares to count. But that’s all about to pay off. She has finally landed the role she was born to play—Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew—in the summer apprentice program of a renowned Shakespeare theater company in the forests of Vermont.But Cass can barely lace up her corset before her troubles begin. Her leading man, Drew, is a complete troll, and he’s going to ruin Cass’s summer. Even worse, Cass’s bunkmate Amy has somehow fallen head over heels for Drew. Cass can’t let Amy throw herself at a total jerk, so she comes up with a genius plan to give Drew the personality makeover he so desperately needs: they’ll tame Drew just as Petruchio tames Kate! But as Shakespeare’s classic plays out offstage, Cass finds it harder and harder to resist falling for Drew herself.The best kind of entertainment, The Taming of the Drew is smart, funny, fresh, and original. You’re going to love this badass heroine and her friends. You might even end up liking Drew, too....

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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-10-19 09:06

    Oh dear. This was a total DNF but I'm confident enough in my rating that we're going ahead with it. The idea of a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew sounded awesome, but I really couldn't sit through another page of the cringeworthy writing. You know the kind of YA contemporaries that clearly sound like they're written by adults who haven't really interacted with a modern human teenager in a long time? The kinds of books where texts are like:Connor: its ovrAmy: Y???>Connor: we gradu8ed an I wanna hook up with hotsluts @ skoolThe main character's voice sounded more like some odd IDEA of a teen than an actual person. She seemed like she was 12 at most and just... beyond unrealistic & obnoxious. The whole thing was so completely cringeworthy and cliche that I had to just stop. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy.

  • Juliana Riccio
    2018-11-01 03:47

    This review can also be found at Procrastinating With BooksARC from EdelweissWhen I picked up this book (and by picked up, I mean picked up my phone and opened the ebook), I didn't expect much from it. I mean, sure it had a nice pun for a title and being an English Literature graduate, I was definitely attracted to the Shakespeare thing going on, but this book surpassed all of my expectations.It was entertaining, amusing and cute, without getting to the "cheesy" point. Okay, maybe a little cheesy, but good cheesy. It was beautifully written, and all of the references (and there was a billion of them, and not just Shakespeare either) were clearly well thought out and flawlessly executed. I found myself laughing and "aww-ing".The chemistry between Cass and Drew was evident, but the way Strohm planned out their hate to love transition was smooth and effective, and so perfect. Taylor was also the perfect seemingly-perfect-turned-sorta-douchey final piece to the triangle.I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, and I applaud Strohm for mastering Shakespeare. He isn't easy to work with (I know first-hand how I had to struggle with that mad, yet brilliant genius). I'll definitely be recommending this.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2018-10-23 02:48

    Many eons ago, I loathed a book by Stephanie Kate Strohm. Weirdly, though I’m usually very forgiving, I was so angry at it that I never wanted to touch her books ever again. Past Christina’s good opinion once lost was lost forever apparently. Present Christina knows that bad books happen to good authors and gave Strohm another try. The Taming of the Drew has some problematic elements, but also has a super awesome ship and A+ banter.The Taming of the Drew has the makings of a really excellent romantic comedy, the sort that I could see translating really well to a made for TV movie. Like a DCOM but raunchier. Some aspects hit perfectly, like the ship and the banter, but other elements of the novel fall epically flat, which is why my rating is as low as it is, despite the great ship. The Taming of the Drew could have used a heavy edit.So heavy in fact that a whole plot element completely needs to go. There’s this whole skater boy subplot. Their summer Shakespeare takes place in the same town where a group of professional skateboarders are practicing. The lead hot skateboarder, Taylor, serves as Cass’ second love interest. He needs to go. While I’m actually a supporter of love triangles in theory, this is an example of where they go wrong. All the skater boys speak in annoying slang, and they add nothing good to the plot. In fact, Cass’ interest in Taylor and some of what she does with him completely goes against the rest of her characterization. Absolutely everything about this subplot sucks.Speaking of unnecessary love triangles, Amy’s crush on Drew also should have been edited out. The drama that adds does nothing for the plot, especially since it only causes one dramatic scene. There are other ways for Drew and Cass to have a more realistic falling out. Amy and Noah had chemistry in the first couple of scenes that then proceeds to be completely ignored so that a second love triangle could be added. Love triangles aren’t necessary to keep a couple from getting together when they’re at each other’s throats like Drew and Cass are. It would have been so much more meaningful to watch that evolve naturally.At this point, you’re probably wondering why the fuck I even liked this book when it has so many terrible missteps. Well, as I said, the ship and banter totally rock. Maybe I should have rated this 2.5 stars, but I was really into it because hello ship trash. Cass’ voice sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, because she can be a bit all over the place. Only with Drew does she really coalesce into a consistent character, which hey maybe that’s a sign that the book needed to be reworked without all the over-the-top love triangle drama but who am I to know?The reason that I liked this book despite everything going against it can be summed up in two words: SHAKESPEAREAN BANTER. You guys, I am so for angry flirty hate-to-love, Shakespeare-referencing banter. That is my jam. When Drew and Cass are together, the novel really comes together into the nerdy delight I’d hoped for.With more focus on the gender-swapped retelling aspect in place of the skater boy nonsense, this book could have been truly great banterfluff. I love the idea of taming a dude shrew, as opposed to the massively sexist original version. The secret prank war on Drew is fun, and the stuff that rom coms are made of. I also really liked the way that plot line resolved and, given the needless drama of most of the book, it really surprised me too. Aside from that, I really wouldn’t say that The Taming of the Drew actually serves as a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. It takes it’s inspiration there, but it would be a stretch to say that Drew is Kate and Cass Petruchio.Despite all of it’s major flaws, I liked The Taming of the Drew and it kept my attention throughout. I just can’t help wishing for the book it could have been, rather than what it ultimately was. It’s worth reading only if you’re willing to overlook a lot of horrible bits to get to the creamy bantery center.

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    2018-10-22 02:38

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Actual Rating: 4.5*I will be reviewing this as part of our BAMF Reviews on Books Are My Fandom with Dani and Iris!Wheeee this was a fun one. I went into this not knowing exactly what to anticipate except for a summer romance and some Shakespeare, but I got some great female friendships, a swoon-worthy love interest, and sword fighting! This one is definitely for those of you who want your contemporary with romance, but it is also for those of you who want to find themselves in a character.The characters were all great, even if they did feel a bit like stereotypes at some points. I would have liked a bit more backstory to Cass's family situation to make the ending with her mom a bit more satisfying. However, I do like that Cass was very independent, but also wanted something stable. I think her character arc for romance was one I could definitely stand behind. I have felt like her more often than not and her revelation at the end is one that I think most people who close themselves off feel. For being over the course of two weeks, I did think the relationship was a bit rushed. (view spoiler)[I think I would have been a bit more satisfied if they had agreed to see where things were going in the future rather than right out declaring their love for one another. Especially since Cass was going to Drew's father's alma mater, that could have been written in that they were going to college together.(hide spoiler)] HOWEVER, I was giggling and grinning like a fool at the end so it did not detract from the book in the least.I think my favourite part of this is that while Cass was redheaded, it wasn't as though she was the Chosen One. And she talked about how she got made fun of a lot for having red hair, which is actually the case most often. My childhood will tell you so. Anyway, that's it. I am happy. I recommend reading this one. And now I'm going to go home and watch 10 Things I Hate About You.Books and Ladders | Queen of the Bookshelves | Books Are My Fandom | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin'

  • Wendy
    2018-10-31 10:50

    When Thomas Allen & Son pitched the premise for The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm, I was instantly sold. Having always loved unique spins on classics, I was shocked that I had missed coming across it through my various Goodreads searches. As a big fan of anything Shakespeare, whether it be an inspired new tale or a spin on a beloved classic, I knew Stephanie's latest would be a must-read."You've never used a sword before? Really?""I can do a mean forward roll,"The Taming of the Drew was a perfect summer read! The protagonist, Cass, was spunky, bright, outspoken, and everything I wanted in a female lead. She brought an enriching sense of life to the story, and I couldn't help feeling like I was being pulled deeper and deeper into her dialogue. Drew, whom initially came across as a tool in the beginning of the book, became a character who, thankfully, grew on me. Furthermore, I loved the romantic tension between Cass and Drew, and although I already had a good idea of how the tale would develop, I couldn't resist finishing it completely in one sitting. It was a swoon-worthy and deliciously romantic tale I am positive I will read again and again in the years to come."Boldness, be my friend, indeed."Highly recommended for younger readers, The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm was a deliciously addicting summer tale. Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, with a twist, I found it to be exceptionally well-written, entertaining, and addicting. Bravo!

  • Eri (Airy Reads)
    2018-11-11 04:52

    DNF at 38% The premise of this book seemed cute, but it failed in its execution because the heroine came offa little too strongly. There is one prank that appalled me, thus I am not continuing this book, even if the themes of this book might appeal to those who like cute hate/love tropes.

  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    2018-11-06 09:05

    Bleh. I finished.

  • Rachel Strolle
    2018-11-19 08:03

    Cute! I'm also a huge sucker for Shakespeare stuff though :)

  • BethLee
    2018-11-05 08:42

    I RECIEVED AN ARC FROM EDELWEISS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS OF IT IN ANY WAY.This was a very cute contemporary read.Summery from Goodreads:Cass McKay has been called stubborn, temperamental, difficult, and that word that rhymes with “witch” more times than she cares to count. But that’s all about to pay off. She has finally landed the role she was born to play—Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew—in the summer apprentice program of a renowned Shakespeare theater company in the forests of Vermont.But Cass can barely lace up her corset before her troubles begin. Her leading man, Drew, is a complete troll, and he’s going to ruin Cass’s summer. Even worse, Cass’s bunkmate Amy has somehow fallen head over heels for Drew. Cass can’t let Amy throw herself at a total jerk, so she comes up with a genius plan to give Drew the personality makeover he so desperately needs: they’ll tame Drew just as Petruchio tames Kate! But as Shakespeare’s classic plays out offstage, Cass finds it harder and harder to resist falling for Drew herself.The cover of this book isn't that cool in my opinion. However, I do like the font the title is in. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Cass was snarky and cool. Her voice was always unique, and she wasn't afraid to express herself. I also liked her attitude about boys. Drew is a cute jerky boy who Cass hates. He is cool hut also a real pain. Amy is Cass's friend, and she is pretty cool, except for the fact that she likes Drew.It was neat how this book was written around a play, and the play was the one they were reading for drama camp. I don't know a lot about Shakespeare, but I still found it interesting.The plot moves at a perfect pace all throughout the book, and the romance is the leading aspect. Cass falls for Taylor, a cute skateboarder. It makes the story cool, although I disliked the love triangle.Overall, this is a cute "dramatic" read!

  • Jade Walker
    2018-10-22 03:51

    Drew and Cass are quite possibly one of the cutest couples in YA this year, seriously, this was a super-adorable read made so much better because of the two main characters. From their fun first meeting to the last page, this was an entertaining and smooth love story that developed in a believable pace with brilliant supporting characters that help everything fall into place.This has happened a few times recently - where what looks like a super-cute read lacking substance blows me away. It happened with Holding Court a few weeks ago and The Taming of the Drew was another. The references to pop-culture and Shakespeare make this the perfect read to any teenager or the slightly older readers. Cass and Drew.... just amazing. I love them.Nobody can deny that Strohm is a highly talented writer as well - she wrote brilliant characters and dialogue that fits with the age group perfectly. There was some drama in there, and characters like Taylor who made the whole thing a little bit better. It was just a combination of many things that made this book stand out to me. Like many contemp reads it probably won't stick in my mind for years and years, but this is still very deserving of an A rating.Overall Rating: A

  • Donna
    2018-11-12 11:02

    Fun, quick paced story. Even if you don't like Shakespeare, you will enjoy this.Cass, a redhead with a temper, gets a spot in the summer acting camp that she has always dreamed of. Once there, she meets the others and has an instant disliking to Drew. That is okay because her roommate does like him. They decide to play some practical jokes in a effort to "tame" him, but all it does is backfire. As the weeks progress and they get close to "showtime" she realizes that she may actually like him.Digital ARC from Edelweiss

  • Laura
    2018-10-21 05:50

    2.5 Stars. This was an average YA romance. If that's a genre you like you'll enjoy it. My biggest problem with it was that I found Cass pretty unlikable, and the relationship that developed seemed too unrealistic to me. It was an interesting reworking of The Taming of the Shrew though.Received from Edelweiss.

  • Erin Makela
    2018-10-30 03:37

    This was a fun little read incorporating Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with Summer Theater camp. The dialogue is fun and snappy, and the cast of characters includes pro-skater boys and crazy theater people - what more could you ask for in a Shakespeare retelling?

  • Jessica
    2018-10-24 08:57

    Alright, alright! I will say first off I was a little biased to begin with because Taming of the Shrew is my favorite Shakespearean play but this book met my expectations and more. I enjoyed every minute reading this book. Cass is such a rich character and I could feel her emotions come alive. I love that she wanted to pull her own taming of the shrew on Drew which for most of the book was fair because he was annoying. No other character in the book was down played and I loved that they all came to life almost as much as Cass did. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves red-headed girl sass, pranks, and shakespeare!

  • Mary Booth
    2018-10-23 09:38

    Ahhh!! I didn't want this book to end. I related to the main character, Cass, in so many ways, and I love reading about her and her friends Heidi and Amy. Strohm's writing in this book is hilarious and heart-tugging, and so witty I laughed out loud during every chapter. As a theatre nerd, and former high school actor, I LOVED getting into the nitty gritty of the rehearsal process, especially a Shakespeare play, and all the technique and mishaps that happen during it. Some of my favorite scenes were Drew teaching Cass stage combat. Truly, I loved this book, and I'm real sad it's over. I'll probably re-read it by the end of the summer. :)

  • Munira Ali
    2018-11-15 02:38

    It was so cute! I needed a light adorable read to be a break from "A little life" and this book was just perfect for that. If you want an easy read that requires no thinking, no emotional rollercoaster, I'd really recommend this one.

  • Tara
    2018-10-19 02:58

    I loved the plot of the book, but I was shocked to find out that Taylor already had a girlfriend, because throughout the book he gave the vibe that he really cared about Cass. He did not seem like a "no strings attached" kind of guy, so it was unexpected.

  • Lissa
    2018-10-26 04:04

    Literature quoting characters. That’s enough to make me happy!

  • Angie Bowker
    2018-11-05 06:52

    Teenage love story based on Shakespeare.

  • Angelina
    2018-11-19 06:06

    Cute book that did a good job of mixing Shakespeare and modern life.

  • Dayna
    2018-11-11 09:51

    While I was familiar with the storyline, I actually haven’t reading the Taming of the Shrew so I was quite interested in the premise of this book. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very good. The story itself ended up being very weak, I greatly disliked the main character, Cass and I really didn’t like the dialogue – way too OTT.The reason that I kept reading this book when I would have usually DNF’d it was Drew. I was actually quite interested how SKS would turn Drew from a pompous, allergic to everything so and so into the romantic lead.Sadly for the book, while Cass got to see another side to Drew, nothing about either character changed – just their tolerance for one another. The character development in this book was very poor. The side characters, aside from Taylor, were forgettable and bland. Taylor was utterly awful and I couldn’t understand how he was supposed to be the other love interest. There was nothing about him that was interesting, cool or attractive. And good god, the way he talked… honestly headbangingly terrible. Then there were the pranks and the ‘taming of the shrew’ – it was utterly nonsensical. The pranks themselves achieved nothing beyond making Drew miserable when the whole point was so somehow make him fall in love with Amy and make him a better person? It was totally baffling and I’m not even sure the characters understood what they were doing.I wish I had DNF’d it when I wanted to, but I really did want to see how Drew turned around into a hero. Poorly done.

  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    2018-11-05 10:36

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Taming of the Drew might be my favourite contemporary of the year so far. It’s a hate-to-love romantic comedy done perfectly, complete with Shakespeare quotes everywhere.In The Taming of the Drew, Cass heads off to a summer theatre apprenticeship to play Katherine, the ‘shrew’ from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. She arrives to find that her counterpart, Drew, is a bit of a “douchewaffle”, but still her roommate develops a crush on him. Cass looks to the script of the play to ‘tame’ Drew over the course of the summer, thereby creating the ‘ideal boyfriend’. What ensues is unexpected fun, made all the better by the perfect cast of characters!Cass was a relatable fireball of a girl. She was snarky, temperamental and scheming, and I loved reading the story from her point of view. She knew what she loved and was prepared to work for it. She didn’t take crap from anyone, and while she did have her teenage girl moments, she was independent and sure of herself. Yes, she was a bit bullheaded at times, but so am I. It was so empowering to read such strength from a character done so flawlessly!“Did you just nah-uh me?” he asked incredulously.“Yes. Yes I did. And then I dropped some knowledge. And then I ergo-ed you. Boom.”“Did you just drop the mic?” The incredulity continued.“Dropped the heck out of that mic.”Drew drove me crazy in the beginning. I honestly didn’t understand how I was supposed to end up liking him. He was patronising and arrogant, and I might have also been biased against the beard… What? I don’t like facial hair! But I really shouldn’t have worried, as I was on the floor in a big, dramatic puddle by the end. The chemistry was all over the place!!!!!!! (In a good way. In that it was so strong it permeated the air.) I am such a sucker for a couple that start off bickering and “hating” each other before they realise they’re madly in love. And they kept quoting Shakespeare at each other! And fighting with swords. AHHHHHHHH. I’ll grant that the romance was a bit fast considering the book spans two weeks, but I DON’T CARE, OK? It was that good.“A person would have to be mentally unstable to like you!”“Hey!” That stung more than I would have liked to admit. “You’re not exactly a picnic either!”“Compared to you?” he snorted. “I’m a gourmet picnic. With champagne and strawberries and white linen napkins.”“Your picnic would give people food poisoning!”Overall, the ensemble was great! I loved how each character was so distinct. Heidi, in particular, made me laugh the most of the supporting members, especially with her boulder pun. (You’ll know it when you see it.) Taylor…I should have seen coming. Rhys was sort of all kinds of adorable, especially when he was all indignant.An example of a Heidi gem:“Appetite for life, appetite for food. Society tells us we women should deny ourselves, but it is time to be hungry! Hungry for everything!”Can I get an AMEN?To wrap up all the amazing things about this book, the setting was beautiful. I could almost feel the sun on my face, smell the lake and woods, breathe the fresh air. Strohm brought the lakeside tale to life with just the right amount of description expertly woven through the story.I squealed and snort-laughed my way through this book, and I’m pretty sad that it’s over. I want more Drew! (I also really, really want to join a Shakespeare group now and just read lines with them… Is that weird?) If you’re in the mood for YA contemporary guaranteed to make you laugh and swoon, buy this book immediately.

  • Ella Zegarra
    2018-10-27 04:58

    Original de: El Blog del Gato - El Extraño Gato del CuentoHasta ahora no ha habido libro de Sky Pony Press que haya leído que no me guste, The Taming of the Drew felizmente no fue la excepción, aunque por sus primeros párrafos pensé que si lo seria.La manera en la que Cass se presenta en la historia, o sea, los primeros párrafos da a entender que sería otra historia donde la hija no acepta el nuevo matrimonio de sus padres y hace berrinche escapándose. En serio, todo lo que me hizo teorizar Stephanie Kate Strohm en poquitos párrafos fue sorprendente. The Taming of the Drew es ese tipo de libros donde algunas cosas normales llevan a situaciones hilarantes, quizá no desde el primer párrafo, pero si desde el primer capítulo. El libro lo empecé alrededor de las 11 de la noche, de esos libros que escoges para leer solo un rato y luego son las tres de la mañana y NECESITAS saber que pasara a continuación. Es que la primera interacción que tiene Cass con otro ser humano, es demasiado cómica, desde ahí no pude parar de leer."Did you just nah-uh me?""Yes. Yes, I did. And then I chopped some knowledge. And then I ergo-ed you. Boom!"The Taming of the Drew está inspirado, no basado, o sea no es un retelling exactamente, en la obra de teatro escrita por William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew. Como digo, no es un retelling, pero toma al libro original como una especie de manual de tortura hacia a Drew. Si el título original no te parece conocido, hay un montón de adaptaciones de la obra, la más conocida creo que es 10 Things I Hate About You, pelicula con Julia Stiles y Heath Ledger. También hay una telenovela brasileña de hace unos años, bastante simpática, es que los brasileños saben hacer telenovelas. ¿DOBLE STANDARD?Últimamente cada vez que termino un libro, se me da por imaginarme la historia al revés, o sea que si lo que hacen los personajes en la historia seria aceptable si los géneros fueran invertidos. The way he explained it was so condescending. Learning new things should be celebrated, not treated as shamefulHeidi, uno de los personajes también lo menciona en la historia, si es justo el hecho de que ellas puedan hacerle este tipo de bromas al muchachete tan solo porque ellas son chicas. ¿La conclusión que saque al final? La verdad es que no sé, me divertí demasiado viendo a Drew sufrir, es que es un bastante pesado al inicio, un poco de tortura parecía lo más razonable... I'd fallen in love without even realising it. And then completely insults and alienated the object of my affectionsAhora me siento culpable por haberme reído tanto. Uhm... esto de ser más consciente es un problema. THE TAMING OF THE DREWMe encantó el libro, aunque a la mitad tiene un ligero bajón, se recupera rápidamente. Y como dice Cass, la tortura a Drew es solo reivindicación de las cosas que han tenido que sufrir las mujeres... Ya, ni yo me lo creoHa sido una lectura relajante, que era exactamente lo que necesitaba.Twitter || Blog || Pinterest || Tumblr || Instagram || Facebook

  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    2018-10-21 02:45

    Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/14/16: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2016/...I have been a fan of Stephanie Kate Strohm's work since her debut novel, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink. I was excited to see her branch out from Libby (although I love that character and hope to see her series continue in the future). The Taming of the Drew is a Shakespeare inspired summer romp that will leave you laughing.The novel begins when Cass, the main character, is making her way to her summer Shakespeare internship in rural Vermont. A mishap on the road leads her directly into Drew's path. Cass immediately finds Drew obnoxious and wonders if he is capable of speaking without being condescending. She hopes never to lay eyes on him again, but unfortunately she soon learns he will be playing the Petruchio to her Kate in their summer production of The Taming of the Shrew. Cass must find a way to work with Drew, but her fiery personality and his insufferable know it all moments are on a collision course for disaster. In her trademark style, Strohm has created an outspoken and hilarious leading lady who is full of sparkle and sass. Cass had me giggling from the first chapter. She also one over my heart with her long lists of creative insults. Any character that uses asshat instantly earns points with me. As with her previous novels, Strohm also creates a lovable bunch of supporting characters. I loved all the members in the acting ensemble. The plan to "tame" Drew through a series of pranks constructed by Cass and her roommates, Amy and Heidi, was one of my favorite elements of the story. Leave it to Shakespeare to craft the perfect manual for pranks.The friction between Cass and Drew made for intriguing character development. Wrenches are thrown into the mix by the affections of Amy and Taylor, but I felt like I knew where things were headed. The setting also appealed to me as I have always wanted to visit Vermont. There is something appealing about all that rural land and beautiful scenery. I was also delighted to see that there were some serious undertones as well. Shakespeare's plays certainly do not have the same gender roles we have in our society today. I loved watching Cass and Heidi battle against those antiquated ideas and misogynistic standards. The interpretation of Shakespeare that litters the text was fascinating and made my academic heart patter.Strohm has made the Bard proud with her rendition of the classic tale while asserting a modern spin that puts the power in the hands of a female lead. One Last Gripe: I loved Cass, but there were moments when I had trouble separating her from Libby. I want to see a vastly different main character in the next book.Favorite Thing About This Book: the Shakespearean elements and influencesFirst Sentence: Freedom might have smelled like cow manure, but it had never tasted so sweet.Favorite Character: CassLeast Favorite Character: Taylor - his skate speak was ANNOYING

  • Deanna Pina
    2018-11-17 07:52

    "The Taming of the Drew" by Stephanie Kate Strohm is a quick, fun summer read. Cass, our lead character, has been cast as Kate in the SAD production of "The Taming of the Shrew." SAD stands for Shakespeare at Dunmoor, an apprentice program for young actors. Cass enjoys most of the other actors in her ensemble with the exception of Drew, a guy who can match her rude and obnoxious nature. Amy, Cass' new friend, falls for Drew, and they, along with their roommate Heidi, decide to tame Drew the same way Petruchio tames Kate. What ensues are pranks, hijinks, and summer fluffies.The characters in this book follow theater geek archetypes, but are allowed to have extra personality. There are numerous references to older pop culture and theater, so this book is best placed into the hands of a tween or teen that either gets them or who can follow up later on. Despite the references, this definitely has a place in the young adult section for all those who are theater geeks or are looking for a fun, easy summer read. This book has a hate-love romance alongside a love triangle. While I normally detest tsundere* characters, I will make an exception for Cass. While the characters don't really grow or evolve much in the course of this novel, I could see Cass' feelings unfold on paper in a really nature way. Unlike most love triangles, I ended up rooting for the canon couple. If you are looking for a summer breeze to read, look no further than "The Taming of the Drew."*(Japanese term for a character who is rude or cold before showing a warmer side to their love interests)

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-11-06 09:38

    Cass has just arrived at the Shakespeare theater company in Vermont where she will spend the summer as an apprentice and act in the role of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. Here she meets Drew, who is cast as her leading man in the play, and whom, from their first meeting she absolutely cannot stand. When her bunkmate develops a crush on Drew, Cass decides to help her out. Using the play as their guidebook, the two girls will "tame" Drew and mold him into boyfriend material. In the meantime, Cass will hang out with a cute skater from the nearby skate camp and do her best to ignore the fact that Drew, despite his obnoxious personality, is becoming more and more appealing.I didn't appreciate Shakespeare at all as a teenager, so I am always skeptical that there is a true teen audience for books like this. Though the story was entertaining, and I liked the circuitous path the two leads take to fall in love, I didn't quite buy the plot. It just didn't seem believable that the same girl who hates sexism in Shakespeare's play is also inspired to get revenge using the play's tactics. Still, the scenes where Drew teaches Cass how to sword fight on stage, and the uncomfortable moments between Cass and the skaters are really well-written and memorable, and these made me want to finish reading.I really liked this author's previous titles, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink and Confederates Don't Wear Couture. While I didn't enjoy this one as much, I'm still looking forward to her next book, It's Not Me, It's You, due out in October from Scholastic.

  • John Clark
    2018-11-03 03:52

    Theater is pretty much everything to Cass McKay, especially after her parents' divorce which was messy and acrimonious. Thankfully, she's getting a chance to escape for several weeks as part of a summer Shakespearean theater camp in the Vermont wilderness. On stage, she can feel freedom, excitement and power, things her real life has pretty much been lacking recently. In fact, off-stage, her romantic experience is almost zero. When her first interaction with another camp member occurs after he rear ends her (it's mostly her fault), angry words and sparks fly. Cass arrives at camp not knowing that Drew is also a camper and, in his own way, equally passionate about theater. Are the theater gods chuckling when they're cast as leads in The Taming Of The Shrew? As the story unfolds, one has to believe there's a cosmic force with a giant sense of humor guiding fate. As hard as Cass tries to dislike Drew, and convince herself that she really has the hots for the arrogant, but sexy skateboarder Taylor who's at another camp on the lake, fate has another destiny in mind, one that involves swords, bears and drunken knife tossing. To say more might spoil the story. Suffice it to say, there's a lot to like about this book. I've read Stephanie's first two and enjoyed both greatly. Theater geeks, romance aficionados and anyone liking a quirky and well drawn group of characters will enjoy the book immensely.

  • Katie
    2018-10-21 10:52

    Taming of the Shrew has been one of my favorite Shakespeare plays since I was too young to really know the significance of Shakespeare. I was ensnared by the chemistry-filled performances in the film version with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. As I grew older, however, I began to question whether the play was sexist, an idea that I haven't ever truly gotten away from despite my high school English teacher's vehement put-down of the idea that I put forth in an essay. Then again, I can't dismiss scholarly analysis of the play suggesting alternate interpretations of subtext as entirely without merit.This rather deep debate is a thread that runs through Taming of the Drew. Handled playfully (as befits a comedy) but with talent, it becomes impossible to dismiss the book as young adult rom-com fluff despite what it may appear to be on the surface. All of the characters are well-developed, unique, and relatable with realistic flaws.Beyond Shakespeare, the author makes clever and comedic references to other great works as well, such as Wuthering Heights and the Mario video game universe (93-94, 123). With its clever humor, this book kept me constantly laughing. I highly recommend this thoroughly enjoyable romp through the world of theater and new adulthood.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-16 03:58

    I loved this book! Full disclosure, I love theater in general, and Shakespeare specifically; however, I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed this book regardless. The dialogue was true and funny - the tiniest bit over the top in places, but hello! Have you spent time with theater people? BELIVEABLE! I wasn't sure at the beginning that I would be able to forgive Drew his egregious early behaviors (correcting the director on theatrical exercises? Correcting Cass on her push-up form? General insufferability?), so major Kudos to Ms. Strohm for turning him around in a way that felt true. I would have loved a touch more backstory on Drew to make his early behavior a little more...explicable. But overall, this was a completely satisfying YA romance. Definitely recommended! (Review also posted to Amazon.com)

  • *Tidi*
    2018-11-09 04:03

    4.5 really,I thought this book was pretty cool, but of course the Shakespearean language was a bit difficult to understand. Overall it was good; this wasn't a 5 for me because i couldn't totally you know "feel the love" i mean even though Cass fell in love with Drew. I mean a girl who's never thought about starting any relationships all of a sudden falls in love with a guy in just TWO WEEKS! Not only that she also has this major crush on Taylor Griffath in the beginning