BAMF Review: Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Posted April 30, 2016 by BAMF in BAMF Reviews, Reviews // 2 Comments

BAMF Review: Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate StrohmThe Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published by Sky Pony Press on April 12th 2016
ISBN: 1510702156
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 304

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Cass McKay has been called stubborn, temperamental, difficult, and that word that rhymes with “witch” more times than she cares to count. But that’s all about to pay off. She has finally landed the role she was born to play—Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew—in the summer apprentice program of a renowned Shakespeare theater company in the forests of Vermont.

But Cass can barely lace up her corset before her troubles begin. Her leading man, Drew, is a complete troll, and he’s going to ruin Cass’s summer. Even worse, Cass’s bunkmate Amy has somehow fallen head over heels for Drew. Cass can’t let Amy throw herself at a total jerk, so she comes up with a genius plan to give Drew the personality makeover he so desperately needs: they’ll tame Drew just as Petruchio tames Kate! But as Shakespeare’s classic plays out offstage, Cass finds it harder and harder to resist falling for Drew herself.

The best kind of entertainment, The Taming of the Drew is smart, funny, fresh, and original. You’re going to love this badass heroine and her friends. You might even end up liking Drew, too.

For the 12+ reader, this is an ideal book for the theater-loving teen or light romance readers. With solid messages about being a good friend, following your dreams, and learning to stick up for yourself, this book is more than just lightweight fluff--though the snarky voice of the main character is sure to draw readers in from the start.



See our interview with Stephanie about what she likes best about Shakespeare and see pictures from her drama camp days!

As a disclaimer, we received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

We both really liked this book. After last month’s book that we weren’t really into, it was kinda nice to fangirl together over a fantastic book. THE TAMING OF THE DREW fulfilled a lot of the checkmarks we needed to really enjoy a book and we would highly recommend it.

This was a real character study of a novel and we really enjoyed the characters because they were fun and entertaining and seemed to really serve their purpose. Dani thought they were like characters in a play, but Jamie thought that at some points they felt like stereotypes of themselves and were just a bit too much.

Cass was a relatable fireball of a girl. She was snarky, temperamental and scheming, and we loved reading the story from her point of view. We thought that she was the perfect person to tell this story. There was no other heroine that could have been the lead in this story. She knew what she loved and was prepared to work for it. She didn’t take crap from anyone, and while she did have her teenage girl moments, she was independent and sure of herself. Yes, she was a bit bullheaded at times, but it was so empowering to read such strength from a character done so flawlessly! We really liked that Cass was very independent, but also wanted something stable in her life. Everyone wants something they can depend on in their life to be relatively the same and consistent but also be flexible enough to continuously challenge you and that is what Cass’s future in drama and her relationship with Drew can give her.

Drew drove Dani crazy in the beginning and she didn’t understand how she was supposed to end up liking him. He was patronising and arrogant and really this is what Jamie liked best about him. It was definitely a defense mechanism, but he also wanted to demonstrate that he was in this for the long haul. He was exactly our type of guy in different ways.

Dani really enjoyed the fact that this was a “hate to love” relationship because she loved all the bickering. We both really enjoyed that they were quoting Shakespeare at each other in the heat of the moment because what girl doesn’t want that in a relationship? Also, they fought with swords which was literally the best part of the book.

The writing was so engaging: we could easily visualize the setting and felt as though we were walking through the woods and cleaning up bear crap at the same time as the characters. The setting was so lush and Strohm’s writing was easy to follow and descriptive enough but not overly descriptive that it took away from the reading experience. All the characters sounded like teenagers that are in the transition period between high school and starting either university/college or their career. There were lots of clever one-liners and this story had us roaring with laughter throughout.

This is definitely a buy from us! And we are looking forward to reading more books by Strohm in the future. We may even read another one next year for another BAMF Review! Make sure you check out our review next month where we discuss REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton!

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Discussion Questions

What did you think? Let us know in the comments, making sure to preface any spoilery comments with “SPOILER DISCUSSION”.

  1. What is your favourite Shakespeare play? Has it been made into any great adaptations? TELL US.
  2. What is your passion? (Ours is obviously books.)
  3. If your life could be a Shakespeare play, which would you choose and why?
  4. Have you read this book yet??? If not, do it up.


Thanks so much to Stephanie Kate Strohm for being ah-mazing and donating a sweet prize pack for you guys, including a copy of THE TAMING OF THE DREW and other fun stuff!

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Next time, see Dani and Jamie review REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton.

About Stephanie Kate Strohm

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, Confederates Don’t Wear Couture, and the upcoming It’s Not Me, It’s You. She graduated with a dual degree in theater and history and has acted her way around the United States, performing in more than twenty-five states. She currently lives in Chicago with her fiance and a dog named Lorelei Lee.

2 responses to “BAMF Review: Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm

  1. theresajs

    I have to admit I’m not a fan of Shakespeare.
    (Of course my passion is books too!)
    No idea what Shakespeare play my like would be. I’m not familiar enough with his play to pick. (Let’s just say it’s a mess)
    I haven’t read this book yet but I do want to. As someone who rarely ever read contemporaries, I’m starting to read more and more of them! =)

  2. Favorite Shakespeare play would have to be Much Ado About Nothing because Beatrice! And “my passion”, singular? As if!

    Top 5 passions:

    1. Procrastinating by either reading books (preferably YA) or browsing Tumblr
    2. Saying “As if!” like I’m Cher from Clueless
    2. #Hamilton because “Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story” gets me every time!
    3. Searching up Daveed Diggs on Google & Tumblr. (Try it. You’ll understand.)
    4. Benedict Cumberbatch & Sherlock (those Doctor Strange teaser pictures though!)

    And if my life were to be a Shakespeare play, I’d definitely choose Much Ado About Nothing because I’d be Beatrice and it’d be beautiful. Also, I haven’t read Taming of the Drew yet, but it sounds amazing! (P.S. was adding this book on Goodreads when I saw a review say that Cass “came off a little too strongly”. First thought: “now, there’s my kind of girl!”)

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