Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

Spanking ShakespeareSpanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This YA coming-of-age novel has its moments but mostly few and clustered towards the start of the book. There is no life-changing climax or build-up and so, the entire story feels somewhat of a letdown. The plot is of course entirely formulaic but it is a quick, breezy not unlikable read.

There was one paragraph, however, that resonated deeply with me. Just like the protagonist in the novel, I wish to be a writer. In fact, sometimes, I think that if I were slightly better at it, it would be the saving grace in an otherwise perceptibly dull array of personality or skills. And that is why as the writer puts it, “I’m convinced that if I ever do get a girl to go out with me, it will be because of my writing.”

Other favourite quotes:
I do think about it. I think about it every day as I sit next to Celeste in class. I think about it every night as I lie in bed committing mass spermicide.

But how? I wanted to ask. What did you say? What did she say back?
(Talking about how his best friend got a girlfriend)

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