Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything …

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.
Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.
Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.
Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.
At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

My first experience with Shakespeare came at age eight, when I was the Changeling in the Queensland Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I grew up and moved onto adult roles in various productions of the play, and so I feel like I have a special attachment to the story (and to the character of Hermia in particular – or Emily as she is here).

I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I was willing to try almost anything. It turned out to be much better-written than I was expecting, with realistic characters and believable situations and dialogue.

There were some genuinely funny moments, which came from the realistic conversations between the characters. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

I like that not everything is revealed immediately, and I liked how flawed the characters were.

There is head-jumping going on in this story, as you would expect with more than one featured character. I did struggle a little bit with the changes, however. From first to third person never really works for me, in any book.

That said, if you’re a fan of this play, then I think you should give this book a go.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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