Speak Easy, Speak Love
Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
If my rating was solely based on the cover, this would easily be a Five-Star read. Unfortunately, it can't be based solely on the cover. I didn't know anything about Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing going into this, but I googled it and read a summary of it. Basically, that just gave the underlying plot away...I'm not sure if it wise for me to have done that, though. This was an adorably done and clever take on the era, with generally likable characters. Although, it is possible she tried to work too many relevant elements from the 1920's into this one story.
Sadly, the writing was too difficult and disjointed for me to follow, especially with any kind of action depicted. This slowed my reading time immensely and kept me from wanting to continue at times. Despite all that, I did love the ending, when all the love matches came together and whatnot.
☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ It's so pretty…I quite love it.
Setting~ 1920's Long Island and surrounding New York area.
Source~ Kindle eBook (Library)