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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375855947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375855948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Exceptionally funny and sweet.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

“This brilliantly lewd novel is hilarious.”—Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Jake Wizner’s life improved significantly after he graduated from high school. These days he lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches eighth-grade English and history. Spanking Shakespeare is his first novel. To learn more about Jake, visit his Web site at www.jakewizner.com.

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I laughed out loud while I was reading.
Lifelong Reader, Teacher.
If you are looking for a book for a reluctant teenage reader, then this is the book to suggest.
Jarrod T Thompson
I honestly dont really read that much, and I couldn't even put this down.
Good book

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong Reader, Teacher. on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Shakespeare Shapiro is a witty senior in high school who has a lot to say about himself, his family, and his friends. I laughed out loud while I was reading. There are touching moments too, which round out the book nicely.

Shakespeare is writing a memoir, in which he muses about his (unfortunate?) name, his crazy family, and his social ineptitude.

As a former teacher, I can say that this book will appeal to teen girls and boys, and (open minded) parents.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Oestreicher on May 27, 2008
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this is an extremely creative and fun young adult book about a 17 year-old guy who is very gifted at writing, but not much else. he's struggling through his senior year in a creative writing program where he has to write a memoir about his life. so the chapters in the book jump back and forth between his actual memoir chapters and his reflections about them and life.

that said, it's another one of the YA (young adult) books that are a good read, but would be difficult for me to recommend to actual teenagers, due to its obsession with masturbation, sex, drug-use and alcohol, and other (very real) stuff. not that i'm a prude who thinks kids should only read christianized (read: sanitized) fiction with falsely scrubbed kids having bible studies.

seeing the author's bio, and that he teaches 8th grade english as his day job, i was instantly a fan. but i kept thinking, as i read, that his book would be somewhat over-the-line for the kids he teaches (let alone the parents of those kids!).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Shakespeare Shapiro hates his name. It is one in a long line of things that his parents have done to make his life miserable. The rest of his life isn't going very well either. Shakespeare actually describes his life as a series of catastrophes. Now he is beginning his senior in high school, has never kissed a girl, and has only made two friends. His younger brother, Gandhi, is popular and has a girlfriend. And his parents, well, they are a unique force to be reckoned with.

Now that he is in the twelfth grade, Shakespeare has to do his school's senior project; write a memoir about his life so far. The good news is that Shakespeare is a skillful writer. The bad? How truthful would you want to be if your life was made up of mortifying, embarrassing moments?

In addition to his memoir, Shakespeare is also dealing with the usual high school issues: girls (or a lack of them), sex (or a lack of it), popularity (again--a lack of it), and family. And now his two best friends, Neil and Katie, are hooking up.

SPANKING SHAKESPEARE is a hilariously funny look at the life of a very unique teenage boy. It is written in a dual style; a narrative of Shakespeare's everyday life combined with chapters from his memoir. Author Jake Wizner takes readers through the life of one of the smartest and funniest characters in young adult fiction today. SPANKING
SHAKESPEARE will have you laughing out loud.

Reviewed by: JodiG.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Brande on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are few pleasures in life like a book that makes you laugh out loud, so please let me introduce you to one of the funniest books I've read in a long, long time:

SPANKING SHAKESPEARE is about 17-year-old Shakespeare Shapiro, a young man who lives up to both the promise and the weirdness of his name. The book is his senior class English project-a memoir that he's hoping will win him girls. Any girls.

I had SPANKING SHAKESPEARE on my To Be Read pile for months. In fact, I had two copies of it because two different people were so enthusiastic about the book they both shoved it into my hands. "You won't be able to put it down after the first page," each of them told me separately.

Finally one night I accidentally read the first page, and realized those people were so right. I read as much as I could that night, finished it the next day. Fast, hilarious, touching at times--this is a total winner of a book.

Consider this review my version of shoving the book into your hands. I don't get this bossy very often, but seriously, everyone, READ IT.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaybro on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a high school teacher, I am constantly reading books for my classroom shelves. I quickly purchased Spanking Shakespeare before reading it (unfortunately) because it looked like a book young men would like to read (and I'm always trying to get them to read).

I was almost immediately disappointed. This book seems to be OBSESSED with the topics of masterbation, sex, and a continuous repeat of the two. Now I don't consider myself a prude, but I couldn't put this on my classroom bookshelf. I had a parent become FURIOUS that I would let their sophomore son read this novel.

What good is writing YA, if it's too inappropriate for most young people? As a parent, I wouldn't let my son read this either, so I'm not pointing fingers.

Unfortunatley if there was any plot at all, it didn't nearly shine like it should have with all the inappropriate content DUMPED into this book.

Very, very disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lora on August 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have a 16 year old son whom I thought hated reading. Couldn't for the life of me, get him to pick up a book, UNTIL.... "Spanking Shakespeare". What a surprise! (I had him promise to read one book this summer, so he acquiesced). What a surprise1! He could not stop reading this book. He absolutely loved it! His comments were that it was funny, well written and addressed teen issues so it was very relatable. Now he wats the whole family to read it so we could have a book discusion. ALSO,he wants to find other books that have the same parameters, so he could continue to READ!! Thank you Jake Wizner for inspiring my teen to read!!
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