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Title: Ophelia
Author: Lisa Klein
Year First Published: 2007
Page Count: 352
In this re-imagining of Shakespeare�s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen�s most trusted lady-in-waiting.� She catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, and their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and ultimately, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

Profanity Violence Sexual Content
Violence is related second-hand for the most part. There is an attempted assault on Ophelia's virtue as well. No lingering, detailed accounts, but characters do have sex.
Characterization Plot Overall Rating
Many minor characters from the play are fleshed out here. Takes the basic plot of "Hamlet" and adds some Shakespearean twists. Inventive and enjoyable.
While I was not fond of this book's portrayal of Laertes, Ophelia's brother, the other characters were likeable and fit well with standard readings of the play. Horatio comes off especially well. Even people who are not familiar with the play would enjoy this version, especially since Ophelia seems very modern at times.


Focus Coming of Age Setting Europe
Focus Male/Female Setting Earth Based
Main Character Female Time Period Medieval
Main Character Teen Time Period Past
Main Character Royalty Type Historical Fiction Elements
Readability Moderate Type Young Adult

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