April 9, 2016

DNF Review: The Taming of the Drew

The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Grade: DNF
Release date: April 12, 2016
An e-galley was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Cass McKay has been called stubborn, temperamental, difficult, and that word that rhymes with “witch” more times than she cares to count. But that’s all about to pay off. She has finally landed the role she was born to play—Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew—in the summer apprentice program of a renowned Shakespeare theater company in the forests of Vermont.

But Cass can barely lace up her corset before her troubles begin. Her leading man, Drew, is a complete troll, and he’s going to ruin Cass’s summer. Even worse, Cass’s bunkmate Amy has somehow fallen head over heels for Drew. Cass can’t let Amy throw herself at a total jerk, so she comes up with a genius plan to give Drew the personality makeover he so desperately needs: they’ll tame Drew just as Petruchio tames Kate! But as Shakespeare’s classic plays out offstage, Cass finds it harder and harder to resist falling for Drew herself.

When did I stop reading?: About 50% into my e-galley.
Why didn't I finish?: I just wasn't feeling it anymore.

The Long(er) Review: The characters were all very stereotypical. The dialogue seemed inauthentic. The plot was too farfetched. One of the characters basically had a mash-up of Stephanie Perkins's characters for their name. Cass was so judgmental and yet super trusting. There were more instances of foul language than I could count.

The Verdict: Not worth your time.

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