I received this for the publisher in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest.
Oh my goodness I SPED through this book. I couldn’t put it down at all because it was just so much fun! I really felt like I was watching a fun summer rom com, complete with summer Shakespeare camp and absolutely swoon worthy lines!
First of all, I think it was really interesting to read about a character who is not labeled as having Autism Spectrum disorder, despite being coded neurodivergent. The author recently tweeted that that was on purpose and I think it was really well done, especially with the themes of needing to fit in with “normal” teenagers and how there’s not actually such a thing as normal.
Beatrice was such a force of a character. She has the wit and charm as well as the smart and sarcasm that I really enjoy reading. She was a really fun POV! I loved the sort of Taming of the Shrew mixed with Pride and Prejudice vibes the book gave off without being an obvious retelling!
The banter between the two love interests was so much fun to read! I especially loved the Shakespeare-off where she was giving quotes that sort of represented hate while he was just charming and it had me SQUEALING.
I especially loved the friendships and how supportive they were of her without forcing her into some box of “normalcy”. The characters were a delight to have and I wish we’d gotten more of them!
Honestly, this was just a vibe to read and I really enjoyed the ride!