Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

3.5 a nice retelling stars!!

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I’m vaguely familiar with Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew. So when this book was offered as an advanced reader copy I snatched it up.  This is apparently part of a whole series that Penguin Random House  and Hogarth Books are releasing.  Each Shakespeare play will be retold by a different author which I think is really cool.  All of them will be so different instead of just one persons point of view we will get many.

In this retelling we have Kate Battista who’s lovingly absent minded father has put her in charge of many things early on in her life. Dr. Battista, Kate’s father is a scientist who is well on the way to discovering the next big thing. He rely’s on Kate not only to run the household but to take care of her younger sister Bunny.  Kate’s father’s assistant Pyotr’s visa is about to expire so Dr. Battista schemes to wed of Kate to Pyotr so he doesn’t loose his daughter or his assistant.  What will Kate choose seems to be the big decision…

I have to admit I was not a huge Kate fan in the beginning for having all of this responsibility on her shoulders she seems very immature. She was a hard character to like.  I really enjoyed watching how Kate was the only who seemed to understand Pyotr and I don’t mean just his accent.  They seemed to bond very easily even though Kate is a bit abrasive.  Dr. Battista I feel would forget his pants if they weren’t laid out for him.  He has a system for everything and you can’t vary from it.  He almost seems childlike at some points.  Pyotr while also very abrasive was the character I warmed to faster.  He was very straight forward and his accent in the book was to funny.  How he would catch onto american sayings and never let them go was rather endearing.  His open honesty with Kate seems to be what I liked the most.

I only rated it a 3.5 because it was hard to actually like some of these characters.  The writing was wonderful, very nice paced.  I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.  I can’t believe all of this was fit into such a small book.

Thank you to Blogging for Books, Penguin Random House, and Hogarth Books for the advanced reader copy.

book blurb…

Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2016 by Hogarth (first published June 2nd 2016)
ISBN 0804141266 (ISBN13: 9780804141260)

Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. Its answer is as individual, offbeat, and funny as Kate herself.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and her uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work—her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. 

Dr. Battista has his own problems. After years in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, Dr. Battista’s work may not ever be realized.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying—as usual—on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. Will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

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