Thursday, September 8, 2011

So Shelly by Ty Roth

Publisher:  Delacourt Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: February 8, 2011
ISBN: 978-0385739580
Pages:  336
Jacket Art:  Sara Lazzeroni

Ok, so if I had known this the book wouldn't have seemed so crazy to me!  "If Lord Byron, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley were living adolescents today, how would their literary talents, notorious personas and known fates collide?"

I was warned that the story might squick me out.  It did.  This is most definitely for the older teens, if for teens at all.  There's death, drugs, sex, rape, incest, abortion and a variety of other shadowy things gonig on.

To truly appreciate the book, you need to know about the lives of these people.  There is a quite a bit of historical fact mixed in with the fiction.  Go read about them before you read this, you'll appreciate it more.

As for the story, here's what we have:

           Shelly - goes by her last name, her mom died, her dad behaved poorly then got remarried, they're wealthy, she's radical and writes great stories while she pines for Gordon Byron who is her neighbor and best friend.

           Gordon Byron - rich spoiled kid, first novel published in eighth grade, full of himself, athletic, club foot, debauched behavior with women in general (maybe men) and with relatives in particular, divorced parents, some sexual abuse possible in younger years.

           John Keats - poor, parents died, brother dying, short and skinny, writes poetry, fear of death, narrator of story.

It's worth reading, just take your time and soak it all up.

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