The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love

It’s been quite some time since my last post.  You know how it is with the start of a new school year.  Busy, busy, busy.  I hope to get back into the swing of things with my reading and blogging now that the madness has died down a bit.  Now, on to my latest read.

A.E. Cannon’s The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love is loosely based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I don’t know what the deal is with a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately.  This makes the third one with a basis in Shakespeare.  (The other two were Alan Gratz’s Something Wicked and Suzanne Selfors’ Saving Juliet.)

Anyhoo, this story revolves around Ed, who really wants to be more exciting than he actually is.  His opportunity comes in the form of a nametag.  He doesn’t have his own nametag yet at the movie store where he works, so he’s given an old one.  He can now be Sergio.  He and his best friend, Scout (a girl), make up outlandish stories about who Sergio really is.  (They’ve decided he’s from Brazil, and spends much of his time traveling to exotic places.)  Ed gets the chance to pretend to be the mysterious Sergio when a beautiful new girl, Ellie, comes into the video store and thinks this is Ed’s real name.

As in most cases of mistaken identity, chaos ensues.  Ed thinks he’s in love with Ellie, Scout is in love with Ed, Quark (Ed’s other best friend) is in love with Scout, and Ellie is in love with Sergio (who’s really Ed).  It’s a big ol’ mess, and Ed has to figure out a way to fix things without anyone getting hurt, including himself.

A Loser’s Guide to Life and Love is a very quick, easy read, and one that is fairly enjoyable, especially if the reader has some knowledge of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  (Note:  This is not necessary, but it does help a little.)  I think it’s great that many YA authors are writing stories based on classic works, particularly those of Shakespeare.  It’s an excellent way to introduce young adults to stories that they may have heard of but had no interest in reading because they thought the stories were old and irrelevant.  I think the works of Shakespeare are timeless, and I hope these new takes on the Bard’s best will captivate a new generation of readers.

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