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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Printing edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s a far-fetched premise even for the most seasoned time traveler: sixteen-year-old Miranda is spirited back to Elizabethan England by fellow actor Stephen Langford to rescue William Shakespeare from joining the priesthood. If they are successful, the world will know the sonnets and plays of the Bard; if not, Miranda will return to a very different modern-day Boston. The plan? Miranda, acting as Stephen’s sister, Olivia, will seduce a teenage William Shakespeare, thus convincing him that he is unfit for the priesthood. Debut author Mingle makes good use of Shakespeare’s “lost years” as she weaves an improbable but no less fascinating story of a contemporary young woman coping with the harsh yet courtly conditions of rural sixteenth-century England. Olivia, Stephen, and Shakespeare all play a rather predictable romantic cat-and-mouse game, but there’s just enough violence, intrigue, and suspense to keep readers on their toes. Although she takes certain liberties with Olivia’s involvement in Shakespeare’s writing process, Mingle remains true to the history and events of the era, thus revealing the challenge of living in a time of religious persecution and suppression of women. Grades 7-12. --Frances Bradburn

Review

School Library Journal, August 2012:
"This novel is definitely a cut above the typical teen romance. A delightful story about star-crossed, time-traveling lovers."

Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Mingle remains true to the history and events of the era, thus revealing the challenge of living in a time of religious persecution and suppression of women."

More About the Author

I live and write in Lakewood, Colorado, and if I peek around one corner of my balcony, I have a wonderful view of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

I was a teacher and librarian, and somehow, with hard work and a little luck, I've found a third career as a writer. I love the sound of that! In the summer of 2012, Delacorte Press published my debut novel, KISSING SHAKESPEARE, a time-travel romance for teens. In the fall of 2013, my second novel will be published by William Morrow. It's a PRIDE AND PREJUDICE sequel about the socially awkward middle Bennet sister, Mary. If you're an Austen fan, I hope you'll watch for it.

I share something in common with you--I love to read! Besides YA, I love mysteries, historical fiction, mainstream and women's fiction, and fantasy. I'm always curious about what other people are reading, because whatever that is might become my new favorite book!

My husband and I have done several walking trips in England, Scotland, and France. That means going from one town to the next, on foot, sometimes fifteen miles a day! It was on one of these walks that I discovered Hoghton Tower, the setting of KISSING SHAKESPEARE.

Nothing has made me happier than hearing from readers.

Customer Reviews

The pace was slow.
Literary Meanderings
And would defiantly recommend it to anyone who is looking to read a book about love that could never work out.
jujucoolio
Shakespeare was married!
Desi Devi

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Anne Peters on August 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A gorgeously written, engaging novel for readers of all ages. Even though Miranda's mission is to seduce Shakespeare, the real love story between her and Stephen is so real you'll be rooting for them to eliminate the obstacles of time and space that may forever keep them apart. The setting is so realistic that this reader felt she'd been transported to 16th century England. A heady, heartfelt read rich with authentic detail and multidimensional characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on October 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Miranda acts in the plays at school in part because her parents are actors, but she doesn't feel as if she can live up to their expectations. After a performance she feels is lousy and would embarrass her parents, a mysterious guy (Stephen) abducts her and returns her to 1537 to seduce William Shakespeare so that Shakespeare doesn't join the Jesuit priesthood.

Miranda disguises herself as Stephen's sister to take on the role of the seductress. Meeting and sleeping with Shakespeare would one up her talented actress mother. There's some delightful scenes with Shakespeare and Stephen who eventually becomes jealous of her infatuation of Shakespeare and her teasing the poor guy. There are lots of great side characters that fill out this story and the pacing is good with plenty of suspense.

The author does an awesome job of taking us back to Shakespeare's time. I love the ambiance of the story and the details to make us feel as if we were there. Pam used just enough dialect from the time to make it feel authentic without overdoing it. This is a great premise for a story.

I hope to see Stephen and Miranda in another tale so that they can take up where their romance left off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily @ Falling for YA on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Random House Children's Books and Netgalley for allowing me to review an advanced readers copy of this novel.

Kissing Shakespeare follows the story of Miranda who is basically kidnapped by a time traveler, Stephen, from the 1500's and is transported back to his time to seduce Shakespeare in order to make sure that he doesn't join the church and give up his dream of writing. Yes, this is a little bit far fetched but I regularly read about the paranormal so who am I to judge?

Miranda or Olivia as she is called for most of the novel adjusts rather quickly to life in medieval Europe and accepts the role of seducer of Shakespeare which Stephen has thrust upon her without much protest. This seemed a little far-fetched for me and I think this detracted a little from the story as I really had to work to make myself see why Miranda made the decisions she did.

I also wanted to like Stephen but I never got the vibe that he really truly cared for Miranda. Stephen was hot one second and cold the next and then the ending left me saying WTF?! I don't want to spoil it for anyone but trust me when I say its not the happy ending I was expecting and the author leaves it open for a sequel.

I was actually disappointed with the character of Shakespeare. Miranda was meant to seduce him but what he really needed was a friend and confident and Miranda should have told Stephen that right from the get-go rather then forcing herself on Shakespeare. I actually think that Shakespeare could have done without the coercion of Miranda and Stephen and still chosen the writing route. Decisions like what to do with your life shouldn't be made or swayed by others friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't usually read, but I finished Kissing Shakespeare in one day and couldn't stop thinking about it! I never wanted it to end. The storyline never turned the way I expected it to, and it kept me on my toes throughout the entire thing. I fell in love with the setting and its characters and was extremely distraught when there was no more to read. I would definetly recommend this to anyone who asks for a fantastic book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I Liked: 1) I was fully enamored by the characters in this book. Will(iam Shakespeare!!!) was exactly how I'd like to imagine him. Though maybe a bit more of a 16th century player. That was pretty funny. But I loved Stephen even more. He was so considerate and caring. It was easy to tell that pulling off a brother/sister relationship between Stephen and Miranda was going to be hard, no matter how good an actress she was. 2) I liked the historical accuracy I found in the book. And I'm not just talking about Shakespeare's history, I mean the activities and events of the time period. It made it very easy to become immersed in the story as I was reading because there was no deviation from the time period, whether we were in the past or the present. 3) Can Shakespeare be light? Would anyone ever describe his stuff as being light? Well, this wasn't a Shakepeare re-telling, but since he was the main subject, I think it worked. But this story was light enough to not make the reader feel bogged down by strange language (which was definitely a worry when you are reading something set partially in the 16th century). I was very pleased at how easy the story was to follow even when we were in the past (which was most of the time).

What I Didn't Like: There wasn't really a happy ending for Miranda. That bothered me the most. I had enjoyed myself throughout the entire book, and then came to "The End." And I was thinking, really?! That's how you're going to end it for her!? How sad!

Overall Thoughts: Kissing Shakespeare was a sweet, light-hearted time-travel story set mostly in the 16th century when one of the most prolific playwrights in the world is in his 20s. Miranda's job is to make sure his life stays on course so his work isn't lost forever.
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