Biting Vinegar

Ever been told you’re full of vinegar? Did you take offense to it or did you accept in it stride? Sometimes it’s eye opening to be told you’re full of it, such as what happens in Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl. 

As a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the ShrewVinegar Girl follows Kate Battista’s foray into forced domesticity while her younger sister Bunny lives a virtually carefree life. As Dr. Battista worries about losing his valuable assistant Pyotr due to his work visa expiring he concocts a plan to wed Pyotr to Kate in a green-card wedding. As Kate realizes this plan, she initially fights it but in accepting it, she comes to realize new aspects about herself and her life.

Admittedly, this rendition was a bit disappointing as The Taming of the Shew is one of my favored Shakespeare comedies. I appreciate that there was some liberty taken in modifying the characters to fit with contemporary times, but Kate was a little too concerned with male attention and not resistant enough to mesh with the characteristics that define her canon character, leaving me much preferring the variation of Kate in 10 Things I Hate About You. There were some areas in the ARC I received that still needed to be cleaned up for grammatical accuracy, but otherwise the production value on the book is quite impressive.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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