The story is that of Shakespeare Shapiro, whose parents named him after the famous bard because they are crazy (Shakespeare’s brother is named Ghandi and his cat is Onomotopoeia). His parents bestowed it on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there, one embarrassing incident after another. By high school, Shakespeare has never had a girlfriend, and his younger brother is cooler than he is. His school requires every senior to write a memoir, thus, the book alternates between Shakespeare’s current life and his reminiscences that are his memoir, 17 Down. This book is uproariously funny in a sick, twisted way that young adults will love. There are also numerous references to famous literature and art that make the book funnier for those knowledgeable in that field. Spanking Shakespeare is a funny read that will have reluctant readers leaping at the chance to spank the bard.
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