Title: The Taming of the Dudebro
Author: Jane Watson
Published: April 6th 2016
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from the Publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Patricia’s dream is coming true: she is directing her own play, a one-act written by her best friend, Grizz, for the school’s annual Drama Festival. Everything seems to be perfect until her teacher assigns Kurt Minola, the biggest jerk in the school, to work on her play. Kurt is lazy, selfish and irresponsible. The only good thing about him is his attractive twin brother, Ben—but even he can’t seem to change Kurt’s attitude. Kurt’s presence turns Patricia’s dream into a nightmare… until Patricia and Grizz decide to take matters into their own hands, and subject this insufferable surfer-dude to some taming.
A YA retelling of William Shakespeare’s timeless The Taming of the Shrew.
As much as I really don’t like reading proper Shakespeare, I do love reading adaptations and this novella was just the perfect thing. This being a novella made it great for a short, fast read and has a great summer vibe to it.
Patricia and Grizz are putting together the best one-act play for the theatre festival but there’s a small problem – they’ve just had the lazy, typical surfer boy assigned to help them with their play. With him either not showing up, or showing up hours late, they feel their play is doomed from the start. Patricia must work out a way to get him enthused before the play is ruined.
This was a wonderfully fun, fluffy story that is a quick read. While it’s a simple story at its heart, it’s still got the bones of the Bard’s words and it’s a great interpretation of his work. All the characters were fun, if a little stereotypical.
I loved Patricia and Grizz. Their passion for their play and forever having to put up with the slacker, surfer boy made for some fun dialogue. Because this is a novella, we don’t get to see the characters grow very much but it is still fun to see them interacting with the guys.
And speaking of the guys, Kurt and Ben Minola are twins and polar opposites. While Kurt thinks he’s got it easy because he’s already been accepted into university, Ben is still hard-working and a Math enthusiast. I think Kurt shows the most growth over the course of the story, he’s the guy you want to shake by the shoulders and slap in the face most of the time for being so lazy and having no regard for others.
As I said, this is a novella, so it was a really short, fast read. It has a great summer vibe and is perfect for a sunny afternoon on the beach. A brilliant contemporary and I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel when I can.