Wood makes its ancestry abundantly clear the conseuence of which is that Under a Dancing Star reads like starstruck fanfiction Perhaps the Shakespearean parallels lured her into a false sense of security the gauzy characterization is heavily dependent
on archetypes and the existing characters of Beatrice Benedick which I must say maybe even denies archetypes and the existing of Beatrice and Benedick which I must say maybe even denies her imagination The novel itself is saturated with the suspicion that it was written with the view of satisfying Wood s enthusiasm for the play rather than crafting an original coming of age standalone Crucify meA key selling point of Much Ado About Nothing is of course the sharp tongued feisty et caring and compassionate Beatrice Wood s retort is Bea a character who is evidently aspiring to a feminist icon A particularly irritating facet of the novel is that it is explicitly direct in its delineation of the moral orthodoxy of the time lacking the nuance that makes a compelling feminist novel As far as my parents are concerned daughters aren t terribly useful asset I m not supposed to go out into the world and actually do thingsThey d like me to be ornamental I m just too much for them Too big too loud too clever Such pretentious exposition affords a reader very little credit And let s not forget those subtle reminders of Bea s searing agency It s time to take my destiny into my own hands Her dialogue is contrived and her freuent outrageous sex references as a means to differentiate her from her peers are uite frankly wince inducingThe moral orthodoxy in uestion feels mysteriously archaic for the interwar period serving only to instigate the somewhat conventional narrative of feisty tomboy refuses to marry for moneysecurity She doesn t need rescuing It s also glaringly incongruous with the tone elsewhere Bea s parents and their agenda would fit seamlessly into a Victorian euivalent Come on it s time to break free of these static images of feminismRedeeming features there must be Wood s writing is lively and engaging though at times pretenti Laura Wood does know how to write an excellent retelling especially set during summerThis is a fun retelling of Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare It is predictable Attirance Criminelle Tome 1 yes but then ifou are reading a love story set in Italy in 1933 in a villa full of artists Notes sur la mlodie des choses you don t want a tragedy So it deliveredIt is perfect ifou want something light to read on a sunny or not so sunny day I know that for Laura Wood is definitely a perfect author to read know that for Laura Wood is definitely a perfect author to read summer I read Laura Wood s debut YA A Sky Painted Gold earlier in 2019 and fell in love with it It was my perfect idea of a book historical fiction with a romance to die for and a female her. With their new friends gleefully setting the rules for their fling Bea and Ben can agree on one thing at least they absolutely positively will not cannot fall in loveA long hot summer of kisses and mischief unfolds but storm clouds are gathering across Europe and home is calling Every summer has to end but for Bea this might be just the beginni. Eets Ben and so the journey beginsThe beauty in the words of this book creates a captivating and atmospheric reading experience the setting of a summer in italy painted setting of a summer in Italy painted perfect picture for a mesmerising setting in which Bea can really discover herself and her passions She is a fantastic leading lady wanting to break out of the norm that has been set for her by society and her parents I felt I wanted to fight fiercely for her and her rights as a human to be able to do what she wants in lifeI really liked the theme following the artists in and out of Bea s Uncle s house It added another layer to the story and also helped to contribute to Bea s passions being truly unearthed This book is very much about finding ourself having a fleeting adventure and learning a new approach to life Wood s use of a classic Shakespearean play to retell in this book means it already came with its own atmosphere and feeling but et she has still managed to make it hers Wood has introduced characters that feel real and wonderful and has put them in a setting to match This book is s a beautiful reading experience that I would highly recommend to anyone I loved this book It was so uniue It s about a girl named Bea who lives in England and her parents ship her off to live with her uncle in Italy so she can become ladylike it s set in the 1930 s In reality her uncle is engaged and his fianc is friends with a bunch of painters and writers who also live with them Bea joins them and it s basically a bunch of people living together and having a lot of fun There is romance
OBVIOUSLY AND IT S SO CUTE and it s SO cute made me laugh out loud and say awww at all the cute parts At one point the love interest says I think God de vader en God de moeder you re extraordinary So if that doesn t convinceou to read the book then I don t know what will Also there is a party for Jupiter to make it rain OK how cool is that Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood Disclaimer Laura is my pal But I made her be my friend because I m OBSESSED WITH HER BOOKS They re the perfect comfort reads which just speak to my soul This one is no exception a PREUEL to MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING set in THE THIRTIES in ITALY in an ARTIST S COMMUNE UM Excellent In every way I have so many thoughts about Ben and Bea and the misshapen way they fit together during the book and in the future I want a seuel obviously Wood evidently strives to emulate Shakespeare s acerbic wit but strays instead into the obnoxious and that s why Under a Dancing Star made me gag a littleThe plot is very much derivative of Much Ado About Nothing as opposed to using the source material as an inspiration Rather than infusing her prose with the themes or conflicts of the play. N Italy with her bohemian uncle and his fiancée a whole world is opened up to Bea a world that includes Ben a cocky oung artist who just happens to be infuriatingly handsome too Sparks fly between the uick witted pair until one night under the stars a challenge is set can Bea and Ben put aside their teasing and have the perfect summer romance.
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s YA Historical Fiction Last historical fiction Last I fell in love withYA historical fiction Last ear I fell in love with Cornwall in A SKY PAINTED GOLD and this ear I was whisked away to sun swept Tuscany in the 1930sInspired by Much Ado About Nothing with a heroine reminiscent of Sybil from Downton Abbey and a lazy Italian summer setting evoking other works such as Call Me By Your Name UNDER A DANCING STAR is a beautiful novel about a girl finding her place in the world and deciding to take control of her life and who she wants to be She also falls in love with a very handsome artist along the way The lush Tuscan setting was expertly combined with a dazzling cast of characters I m a bit in love with Ursula and the history included here
AND THERE ABOUT THE RISE OF MUSSOLINI AND FASCISMthere about the rise of Mussolini and fascism really interesting Also I m really happy Wood always adds a bit of LGBT rep to her novels there s an older secondary ff couple featured and one of the central cast is bisexual I really hope Wood is writing another YA hist fic along the same lines as these two just so next summer will be even wonderful Also please Ms Wood it ou see this I would adore a seuel 3 a solid 45 stars A dreamy and romantic summer read with a little seriousness than I was expecting but that s certainly no criticism considering the time in which it is set Plus Much Ado is my favourite Shakespeare Another Laura Wood novel that did not disappoint This was just a pleasant surprise and I love every single bit of it Just like A Sky Painted Gold I think I can reread the novel over and over again From today on Laura Wood is one of my auto buy authors It s no secret that I love Much Ado About Nothing Italy and books with artsy people This had all three of those plus an absolutely stunning cover and I really enjoyed this overall First off Bea and Ben is one of my OTPs and I loved this take on their relationship any form of fake dating can get it I also liked that this addressed some of what happened in 1933 but I think it remained too simplistic while trying to portray various points of view same as with Bea not adhering to the traditional image of femininity This wasn t perfect but it didn t need to be that for me to really dig this I LOVED the Much Ado About Nothing film as a kid based of course off of the Shakespeare play This book takes on one of the character paths from this play and follows the story of Beatrice and Benedick who have a love hate relationship throughout the book Bea is a 17 ear old girl sent to Italy by her parents to be watched over by her Uncle who has started to tread slightly down the bohemian path Her Uncle s house has become home to many artists which is how Bea In grey 1930s England Bea has grown up kicking against the conventions of the time all the while knowing that she will one day have to marry someone her parents choose someone rich enough to keep the family estate alive But she longs for so much for adventure excitement travel and maybe even romanceWhen she gets the chance to spend the summer