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A fanfic in which Lord Byron John Keats "AN AMALGAMATION OF PERCY MARY SHELLEY ARE TEENS "amalgamation of Percy and Mary Shelley are teens cellphones and ipods living in the Midwest At times I thought the story worked but most of the time it didn t How do you bring the second generation of Romantics to the present To Ohio In many respects Ty Roth was pretty faithful to the scandalous biographical details especially involving Byron Augusta Claire Caroline Lamb they re all there But the author couldn t get too smutty be When I first saw the cover for So Shelly I new I wanted to read it even without First Steps to Wealth knowing anything about it Yes I m that superficial when it comes to gorgeous book covers Sue me PIt wasn t until I stumbled upon an interview with author Ty Roth on Teens Read and Write that I actually took the time to read what the novel was about and realize the connection to literary legends Percy and Mary Shelley Lord Byron and John Keats You can t deny that a book like So Shelly leaves a lasting impression but as I try to piece together why I m find myself unable to pinpoint a single answer Resisting the urge to spew metaphorical bullshit I will say that the morbid much concept of bringing historical figures into modern day contemporary fiction was not only genius but absolutely mesmerizing Like all mortals John Keats is So Shelly revolves around the lives of three character based off long dead poetic greats Anticipating how John Keats Lord Byron and Percy Shelly might live and interact if they were teens l just because you cannit a sweater for a chicken doesn t mean you shouldjust because you can write a YA novel about Adventures in Fetishland keats byron and some mash up of percy and mary shelley set in modern times doesn t mean you shouldfrom the afterword just as it would be a mistake to study shakespeare s history plays for an understanding of the succession of english monarchs from the thirteenth through much of the sixteenth century one should not read so shelly for its dogged adherence to historical accuracy like shakespeare i would never let historical facts get in the way of telling a good storyand i don t want to be the obvious asshole here and point out that you ain t shakespeare buddy because i think this was a well intentioned project the author is a professor of english lit and there were actual books consulted in the writing of this one research was done hallelujah my concern is that no one took a moment to consider who exactly the audience for a project like this would be because even though this book is called so shelly and is written byeats it is naturally all about byron byronand i don t now who sits around thinking byron now there was a life worthy of presenting to a YA audience what an inspirationthis book has a little something for every young teen incest teen pregnancy indecent exposure rape abortion drugs death skinny dipping strippers group gropes terrorist activityteacher seduction adultery pedophilia homoerotic subtext and REMit goes into way lurid detail than the typical YA fare even the edgier ones but it is tame compared to a lot of adult fictionso who is this fordie hard fans of second generation romantic poets hmmm well as a byron girl i can tell you that while some of the little winks are greatly appreciated a lot of the time i could feel the story straining to make connections to the life of byron like those button gaps on a too small sweaterthe plot seemed to be there solely to tie one reference to another to retell byron s life and accomplishments in modern timesat times the liberties were astonishing byron s most stable relationship teresa guicciolo reduced to a fling with an athletics secretary caro lamb a strip club waitress turned denny s waitress who barely makes a peep much less the roars she really should have made byron s writing career reduced to some vampire novels and i still don t understand the smooshing of the shelleys into one female person who is an intensely irritating character well at least he got that right hahahhaa sorry shelley fans i do not care for the male shelleyand i now next to nothing about Rko keats except that he never ever met byron much less was pals with himeats isn t given much to do here he gets to be obsessed with mortality and "his inevitably short lifespan and he has a real make the most of every passing day ind of thing that "inevitably short lifespan and he has a real make the most of every passing day ind of thing that him to write this novel hhmph i would think that someone so obsessed about leaving a lasting mark could have done better than to write what is essentially a gossip rag about some high school cassanova Who alive can say Thou art no Poet may st not tell thy dreams Since every man whose soul is not a clodHath visions and would speak if he Until now high school junior John Keats has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy Gordon Byron That is until their mutual friend Shelly drowns in a sailing accidentAfter stealing Shelly's ashes from her So Shelly

Ty Roth ã 2 Review

Hose people reading So ShellyBecause basically I fear that if I decided to write a book it would come out sounding a lot like this one I d be super tempted to take some authors I loved bastardize the truly amazing events of their lives by offering them moronic contemporary euivalencies and then present the whole mess in stilted prose suited to the most basic college freshman argumentative English essay I had high hopes for this book Hopes that the writer would tackle these problems of authorship skillfully than I couldwould I had hoped even to try teaching this book in future courses "To Give My Students "give my students nifty new look into my beloved Romantics And I might still consider assigning this book to a future classroom of my students In the eventuality that I truly hate them Hopefully I ll continue to be slightly self aware than this misguided author and avoid inflicting a novel that is So Shitty on future generations My Cover Thoughts When this book arrived in the mail I was intrigued because it shows a girl in a long white dress walking off a boat dock The dock is rickety and looks like it is about to fall apart and the girl is going to fall through it The girl looks like she is walking right into the water After looking at the cover I Edwin (The Northumbrian Thrones knew I needed to read this book because I needed tonow wether or not she walked into that water and drowned My ThoughtsReview From the very beginning I The Phoenix Project knew I was not going to be able to put this book down The opening line goes like this Most of us like to believe that we are born to do great things maybe even to be famous Truth is we aren t and we won t This book is about three people who have a huge impact on one another s lives Shelly grows up with Gordon who is her neighbour and best friend She loves him so much that it hurts because he does not reciprocate her love Gordon is a self centred spoiled boy who gets whatever he wants whenever he wants wherever he wants He has no boundaries and is given everything to him by his mother Then you have Keats who has jumped up in a grade because he is smart but he is also awkward so he shies away from people But when you bring the three of them together you get a great story about finding true love and true friendships This book made me laugh and cry Shelly loved Gordon but he loved himself so he did some not so nice things to other people But the one constant in his life was Shelly She loved him in spite of what he did or how he acted Gordon on the other hand slept with a lot of women drank alcohol and only thought about what would benefit him Keats comes along and becomes friends with Shelly because they have the same passion for writing Keats and Shelly start their own school newsletter and write about their passions and other stories for the school With their passion for writing ignited they get the school paper published and on line While all this is going on at school Shelly is feeling depressed because Gordon will not give her the time of day and he is busy setting out a name for himself So Shelly is feeling lonely and a little awkward at school because every time she tries to have some type of happiness Gordon ruins it by telling her he loves her so she will back away from the other person She finally has had enough and decides to be friends with Keats because Gordon doesn t deem him a threat As the story goes on Shelly has her ups and downs and she finally decides she is going to up the ante by doing something drastic which Gordon calls So Shelly moments This book has so many ups and downs that I can not tell you because I will spoil the book It is a must read I promise you you will not be disappointed Ty has done an excellent job of spinning the old with the new This book leaves you breathless and wanting from the characters I have read a lot of books but this one captured my heart and soul Ty weeded a story so good you did not want to put this book down Who can resist true love and true hatred all at the same time by the same person Memorable uotes Page 319 Shelly says to Keats He Gordon ignores me because he loves me Advice This is a must read I am going to buy this book andeep it on my favourite book shelf You now I m not sure what scares me most that this novel is a spot on representation of teenagers today or that it might actually influence them In what can only be called an insult to young adults the world over Mr Roth delivers a literary travesty In fact the author manages in one fell swoop to disgrace the names of three beloved poets murder anyall depth and seriousness to issues facing teens today and create a cast of characters that are so vapid annoying unrealistic and utterly repu. Ey navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end From the Hardcover editi. Ad lovedAnd been well nurtured in his mother tongueWhether the "Dream Now Purpos D To RehearseBe Poet S Or Fanatic "now purpos d to rehearseBe poet s or fanatic will be nownWhen this warm scribe my hand is in the grave if i m a woman stacy how do you explain this gordon pulled his junk through his open zipper and waved it at hera near perfect imitation thatbut i m being a bitch again and i don t mean to be it s not like i haven t read a zillion bizarre interpretations of the life of byron i just genuinely do not understand the impulse that would lead someone to write this is it supposed to give an appreciation of the work of these poets "To Show Their Relevance Today If So " show their relevance today if so failure the mere fact that our narrator introduces himself to the reader i m Finding a Dream (Conquest, keats rhymes with sheets makes me believe this is meant to be directed towards an audience never exposed to these characters before and too young to ever have heard a smiths song this does not inspire awe it would not make me want to go out and read any actual works by these people especially shelley so annoying of a character jeez and i loved shelley when i was twelve i really got into that whole poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world businessthen i grew up a littlebut for readers whonow nothing about these people the story must be so boring without all the sly jokes and clever twistings without the gimmick i don t now what this story has left unpleasant characters who only care about themselves narrated by a guy who can t stop spouting death statistics not funthis is just creative wanking weirdly misplaced fanfic and that s fine i am just amazed that it got to the publication stage i will eep reading these byron books even though they are so freuently underwhelming and someday i am bound to find a perfectly told thoughtful storycome to my blog I honestly went into this anticipating to either 1 hate it 2 enjoy it for the schlocky high school AU cheese its premise is and while it is as schlocky and trashy as anyone can anticipate out of a privileged high school YA novel what makes So Shelly incredible as a book is its self awareness and its criticisms of the genre it models and of the persons it has appropriated to fit its respective roles Ty Roth clearly Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, knows his Romantics beyond the superficial read throughs of their works and the wikipedia blurbs of their biographies There s some deep probing considerations a lot of what Want to see bookish things from me Check out my YouTube Channel Stars This book is a loose retelling of three dead poets lives if they were teens in modern day society Shelly has died and her final wish was for Keats and Gordon to spread her ashes on a beach while playing her REM CD from her old boom box While travelling to the beach Keats and Gordon get tonow each other and reminisce on the times spent with Shelly I found all the characters to be lack lustre and a bit boring to me Gordon was extremely self centred and Shelly s obsession with him was a bit pathetic The book started off great and I thought I was really going to enjoy it Unfortunately no real plot developed and what did come of the story was very slow It s hard to review SO SHELLY without using expletives Because it s that effing good But I m going to try Yes it s a reimagining of the lives of the major romantic poets Byron Keats and a mishmash of Shelleys Sometimes when reading it something happens and you think ooh I wonder if that s historically accurate It s fascinating and the author explains the majority in an eually interesting afterword But that s not the thing about this book Don t care about the romantic poets Doesn t matter This book is beautiful It s tragic melancholy hole in your soul stuff So intensely atmospheric and the great lake hovers constantly in the background Looking to discuss setting as character Check out Lake Erie in So Shelly Love death obsession and flawed people are the order of the day wrapped up in a layered literary package It took me forever to finish this book because Keats dragged me along with my heels dug in all the way You see the end from the beginning and I just didn t want to get there Many times I ve been told I should write a book I assume that the people who suggest this are thinking much along these lines She teaches English so must Finding Robert Johnson know something about books Shenows a lot about a handful of authors She loves literature and has an understanding of its mechanics She manages to write pretty decent academic prose Yet I ve always suspected these simple factors wouldn t be uite enough to write a really good novel And if I ever need to offer proof as to why my literary endeavors could very well suck I m going to suggest that Ake at Trinity Catholic High School the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned It would be one last so Shelly romantic uest At least that's what they think As th. ,

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