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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,960 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jake Wizner Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780739363249
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Shakespeare Shapiro has always hated his name. 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. Entering his senior year of high school, Shakespeare has never had a girlfriend, his younger brother is cooler than he is, and his best friend’s favorite topic of conversation is his bowel movements.

But Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare’s high school must complete. He is doing it brilliantly. And, just maybe, a prize-winning memoir will bring him respect, admiration, and a girlfriend … or at least a prom date.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2007):
    "Bold and bawdy ... exceptionally funny and smart."

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Egypt Dixon | 2/17/2014

    " So funny. I can't even explain it, just read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 2/8/2014

    " (A) Hilarious diary of a 17 year old teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Shoo | 2/4/2014

    " I think this might be my favorite book of 2010. It was hysterical! As I was reading it to my class, I couldn't stop laughing at points. But the book also has its serious moments, and really, throughout the novel, Shakespeare is taking a very evaluative look at himself. I have a student who "hates" to read, and he borrowed the book and finished it in a night. He is now on his second read of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaci Wilson | 1/31/2014

    " I thought that this book was very funny. I loved Shakespeare and his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Cody | 1/27/2014

    " I laughed, I cried, I remembered my high school days....I sympathized with Shakespeare over his 'unique' parents. This author has a fresh writing style that kept me reading and wondering what the next page would hold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi Melton | 1/27/2014

    " This was the funniest (and most offensive) book I have read in a long time. If you have EVER wondered what goes through the mind of a high school boy (and aren't afraid to actually find out)... here it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 1/20/2014

    " THe funniest book I have ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anika Allred | 12/25/2013

    " Seriously funny! And pretty messed up at times. His family....wow. Worth a read, but very teenage boy-ish. TMI!! Ha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/9/2013

    " Hilarious! I was kind of afraid to read it in bed because I was afraid I would giggle out loud and wake up my husband. I think my favorite line was, "I bet Hitler's mother never made him go to therapy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweet Reider | 12/4/2013

    " Great book. It was very funny and realistic. I would assume the author experienced many of the events from the book. I think he should definitely write a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronya | 10/28/2013

    " It's a train wreck. A funny, vulgar, adolescence-is-crazy train wreck, complete with a John Hughes ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 10/26/2013

    " This was a hilarious book about a boy named Shakespeare Shapiro. With a name like Shakespeare, you can imagine how the ordinary awkwardness of teenage-dom must be. It is witty, smart and edgy. I loved it! It is written in both first person and third (as essays about himself). Check it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Flagg | 8/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, but I'm not going to give away what I learned yet. Instead, I want my students to tell me what they learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 2/2/2013

    " This was a really good "Boy Book" with lots of crude humor, sexual obsession, and a generally authentic feel to it-- I imagine that this is the way highschool boys REALLY think! I thought the use of yearbook entries to tie up plot points was a cheap way out, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Restrepo | 1/24/2013

    " I think that this book was filled with funny things and sad things on every other page. Shakespeare was a wonderful writer, but he wasn't really committing to his thoughts at first. In the end of the book he finally commits to his thoughts and does what he wants to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Lin | 8/29/2012

    " I think this book is very good. There were many funny parts in this book. I think the book is good because some parts of the memiors, I think the author spent a lot of time on it. I wonder if the is another book that is kind of like this book because I would want to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jakub | 8/10/2012

    " This book was really funny and I recommended it to people that enjoy 2 laugh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennibear8504 | 7/28/2012

    " The funniest thing I've ever read... I laughed from beginning to end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 7/8/2012

    " What a hilarious read! I absolutely loved Shakespeare and his writing. This is a great first novel and I look forward to more by Jake Witter or Shakespeare Shapiro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katlyn Nau | 3/25/2012

    " This was SOO hilarious!! I recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor! Some parts are slightly perverted but it's a teenage boy, so of course it will be and it's just funny to me:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larisa | 11/30/2011

    " Silly quick read, chronicling the torments of high school "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlan Hughes | 11/27/2011

    " It was a raunchfest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/10/2011

    " Soooo hilarious. Loved the characters in the book. Definitely think it's for older teens...and adults would enjoy it too. As long as you enjoy some semi-graphic humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/14/2011

    " more like a 3.5 rating. fun read though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 3/21/2011

    " I thought the writing in this book was very creative and interesting, but most of the subject matter made me cringe. I don't need to be inside of a teenage boy's mind so fully. I prefer to leave a little to the imagination - or my naive teacher sensibilities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katlyn | 3/19/2011

    " This was SOO hilarious!! I recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor! Some parts are slightly perverted but it's a teenage boy, so of course it will be and it's just funny to me:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 2/19/2011

    " A hilariously honest insight into the crude mind of a hormone-driven school kid with strange parents and friends. His parents are strange enough to name him Shakespeare, his brother Gandhi and his dog Onomatopoeia. For mature teens to adults only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna! | 1/27/2011

    " This book was actually quite funny, I loved that his name was Shakespeare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. | 1/3/2011

    " Humorous, and fiesty! A good coming of age tale. I can see John Hughes directing a movie based on it.

    A couple months later- I dont' remember much about it, so maybe it wasn't all that good after all. "

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About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy. His audiobook narration has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.