Saturday, 11 June 2016

Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl
By Anne Tyler
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Release Date: June 21st, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
The third book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a major global initiative the Guardian calls "The great rewriting project of the 21st century" Shakespeare's controversial comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" sees wilful, independent Katherina transformed into a willing, obedient wife to Petruchio. It is one of Shakespeare's most re-visited plays, with adaptations including "Kiss Me Kate," and "10 Things I Hate About You." Anne Tyler's delightful "Vinegar Girl" features Kate, a socially awkward young woman, adored by the preschool children she teaches but misunderstood by her peers. Her father is a scientific genius, but not so great on emotions. About to lose his (equally genius, equally socially inept) research assistant, Pyotr Cherbakov, because of visa problems, and desperate to save the project that is his life's work, he comes up with a plan: Kate will marry Pyotr who will then be able to stay in the country and finish the project. The plan sounds perfect, except for one small hitch: Kate.

I, regrettably, have yet to have the opportunity to dive into the other titles in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. Not due to disinterest, but simply due to lack of time. Fortunately enough, Penguin Random House gave me the opportunity to review Vinegar Girl, Anne's take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. After reading the synopsis for this one not long ago, it's fair to say I've been wiggling with anticipation for it's arrival on my doorstep.

"He was gazing at Kate admiringly. Men often wore that look when they first saw her."

This book was PHENOMENAL! Hilarious, spontaneous, and everything in between - I was immediately taken with Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. Kate was a wonderful character with a bright personality that truly came alive for me from page to page. She had me chuckling, sighing, and completely smitten by every event. Furthermore, as far as reinterpretations go for Shakespearean classics, Vinegar Girl was by far the most real and best written I've come across to this date. Kate, her father, Pyotr, and the twists and turns throughout the title had my complete attention right to the end. I pulled an all nighter in order to complete it, and it was not a disappointment!

Readers, I beg you to give Vinegar Girl a try. Perfect for the reader who needs a well written title with excellent character development, humor, and emotion, I positively adored it and I'm certain you will, too.

4,5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Sandy Pavkovic11 June 2016 at 15:02

    Amazing review!
    I don't read retellings often but this sounds good!

  2. I adore Shakespeare classics being rewritten. Thanks for your review

  3. Looks like a spectacular read!

  4. Wow what a fantastic review of what sounds like a truly fantastic re-telling! Vinegar Girl souns hilarious, intriguing, romantic perhaps?, fun and well-written. It certainly sound slike a book that would be perfect for me so thanks for introducing me to it!