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Spanking Shakespeare Paperback – October 28, 2008
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“This brilliantly lewd novel is hilarious.”—Chicago Tribune
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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.
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.
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!).
10. Your spouse will look at you like your crazy when he/she walks into the room and you are laughing hysterically by yourself with only a book.
9. You will secretly know you are not crazy, just reading something refreshing and side-splitting funny at times. You may even find yourself crying; you are laughing so hard.
8. It is well written and witty.
7. Anything with the title including Spanking should be mandatory reading.
6. You want to get inside a teenage boys head and be appalled at the frequency they think about sex and masturbation.
5. This is not your usual type of story you read and you want to revamp your love for reading by going on a very different adventure.
4. If you are female: You want to see what high school was like for a boy. If you are male: You want to relive your high school years.
3. You want to laugh at someone else's pain.
2. You think bowel movements are amusing, even if you don't want to admit it.
1. It's a freaking good book.
Well done, Jake Wizner.
Reviewer's note: Those who know me know that I'm not a fan of the lewd and sometimes I can be downright conservative, so it makes no sense whatsoever that I liked this book so much. Seriously, I had a great time reading it. I felt like I had front row tickets to a comedy show.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Greatest YA book ever. None of that fantasy,ghost,vampire, dystopian society crap. Just hilarious teenage experiences with a relatable main character.Published 19 months ago by Maurice Palmer
Jake Wizner’s Spanking Shakespeare may be his debut novel, but he knows his way around a high school boy’ s mind. And the rest of the boy as well. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! Can't stop telling everyone I know about it and the humor in it. Definitly not one for kids below the age of high school or those who dislike crude sexual jokes.Published 21 months ago by Bradley
I checked out 10 random young adult novels from the library because I have to sit and wait for my kids at the water slides park. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by Professor May
Fast delivery. I got this book to get my preteen back into a longer book for school. Most of the subject matter was advanced for his age (11) but it definitely held his interest. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Paige H
I honestly dont really read that much, and I couldn't even put this down. Usually when I read a book I put it down and never really get back too it. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Good book