Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

hamletI thoroughly enjoyed the book Saving Hamlet, and I appreciate that authors are starting to include more LGBTQ characters in novels these days.  Although I usually try to stay away from books with time travel, I like how the author used it in the book.  Emma is a well thought out character who expresses her love for theatre and has great enthusiasm.  I personally think her traumatic story of the Halloween party with the mean soccer girls as well as the fog machine incident was not needed.  I like how Emma accepts the fact that someone can act out a role of the opposite gender, and it doesn’t have to be weird, and that her friend Lulu lets people try to understand her rather than shutting them out.  I think the whole problem of the time stopping in the present while Emma travels in the past, why the portal closes at the end of the book, and why some people travel back in time and others didn’t should have been more thought our and explained more thoroughly.  I love that this is a new idea and not one of those plots where someone travels back in time and now has to find a way home, or try to change the past by showing off technology and just enjoys the production of Hamlet.  I also think the back of the book doies not properly summarize what happens in the book and some statements are untrue.  I liked Saving Hamlet and recommend it.  – Jordan W.

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