Saving Hamlet

Saving Hamlet

by Molly Booth


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Emma Allen couldn't be more excited to start her sophomore year. Not only is she the assistant stage manager for the drama club's production of Hamlet, but her crush Brandon is directing, and she's rocking a new haircut that's sure to get his attention. But soon after school starts, everything goes haywire. Emma's promoted to stage manager with zero experience, her best friend Lulu stops talking to her, and Josh—the adorable soccer boy who's cast as the lead—turns out to be a disaster. It's up to Emma to fix it all, but she has no clue where to start.

One night after rehearsal, Emma stays behind to think through her life's latest crises and distractedly falls through the stage's trap door . . . landing in the basement of the Globe Theater.

It's London, 1601, and with her awesome new pixie cut, everyone thinks Emma's a boy—even Will Shakespeare himself. With no clue how to get home, Emma gamely plays her role as backstage assistant to the original production of Hamlet, learning a thing or two about the theater, and meeting an incredibly hot actor named Alex who finds Emma as intriguing as she finds him. But once Emma starts traveling back and forth through time, things get really confusing. Which boy is the one for her? In which reality does she belong? Will Lulu ever forgive her? And can she possibly save two disastrous productions of Hamlet before time runs out?

Praise for Saving Hamlet:

"I love, love, love Saving Hamlet. I love its characters—smart, sassy, irreverent—and its gender-bending both in the 21st and 17th centuries. I love its intelligent take on high school theater geeks."
— Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic, Sword of the Rightful King, and Owl Moon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484743782
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 399,301
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Molly Booth is the author of Saving Hamlet and Nothing Happened and a total Shakespeare nerd. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went on to study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freelance writer and editor and has been published on,,, and various other websites. She cohosts a Bard-centric podcast, Party Bard, and directs a lovely, hilarious, and fierce group of homeschooled teen Shakespearean actors. Molly lives in Massachusetts, where she spends a lot of time with family and friends, and the rest attending to her queenly cat and loaf-of-bread-shaped dog. You can visit her online (please do!) at

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Saving Hamlet 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an adult reader who is well-read in YA fiction, so my viewpoint is different from the book's target readers. To me, this novel is at the low end of the literary quality scale. While I was entertained most of the time, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading the result of a creative writing class that just hit the publishing lottery. And of course it did with all the LGBTQ boxes checked. Without that, I wonder if it would have been published, because there were too many things that didn't make sense or were just poorly developed (like Emma dropping into Elizabethan England without much confusion or hardly a trace of fear). That said, I'm not surprised that today's teen readers enjoy it. It's lighthearted and fun, and sometimes that's all we are looking for in a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
A touching story about finding your strength After a rough freshman year, Emma is ready to start sophomore year with a new haircut and a, hopefully, new attitude. When she’s suddenly called to be the assistant stage manager for her school’s production of Hamlet, she’s nervous but excited. However, her long time crush, Brandon, is directing the show, her best friend, Lulu, doesn’t get the role she desperately wanted, and the guy who helped her at a rough moment last year, Josh, is cast as the lead…. even though his acting is terrible. It feels like just when Emma is getting comfortable, something else goes wrong. While Emma is attempting to figure everything out, she falls through the stage’s trap door and lands in London, 1601, at the Globe Theater. Through time-travel adventures, friendship mishaps, and drama all around, Emma discovers what it means to step into the role of herself. Molly Booth’s SAVING HAMLET is a delightful, dramatic surprise. The premise sounded fun, and I wasn’t expecting the incredible depth and emotion SAVING HAMLET captures. Friendship is perhaps the most prominent theme throughout, and Booth navigates the different characters (and timelines) expertly. No one is perfect, but Emma battles with seeing a character or two through rose-tainted glasses. On the opposite side, she also sees humanity and surprise in characters she never expected to, and she frequently must battle with her first (and sometimes second and third) impressions of the people around her. Most notably, however, is Emma’s relationship with herself. She’s been abandoned and betrayed by friends, and she’s unexpectedly given responsibility she wasn’t anticipating. Though she begins believing a personality overhaul is due, she slowly discovers new facets she already has within herself. She learns to voice her opinions and to trust in her instincts. With humor, excellent nuances of friendship, and a fun, light time-travel element, SAVING HAMLET is a touching story about finding your strength, standing your ground, and learning through the Bard.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for all things Hamlet, so I was beyond excited to get approved for this. I really liked Emma. Her passion for theatre is new, but it comes across in her actions. The backstory was a little clichéd and perhaps not even necessary. I didn't think soccer or the mean girls were important aspects to Emma's life. I loved the back and forth. The idea of seeing a show at The Globe with Shakespeare there to have his hand in everything is like a dream come true. Cooke was adorable and the snippets we got from the past characters were intriguing. Yes, there were definitely parts that were overdramatic, but such is the life in high school. Overall, it was a quick and fun read. **Huge thanks to Disney Hyperion and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**