The Taming

The Taming Katie likes to believe she s invisible It seems much safer than being exposed as she is shy poor awkward So getting up on stage in the school production of The Taming of the Shrew should be complete

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  • Title: The Taming
  • Author: Teresa Toten Eric Walters
  • ISBN: 9780385676588
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Katie likes to believe she s invisible It seems much safer than being exposed as she is shy, poor, awkward So getting up on stage in the school production of The Taming of the Shrew should be complete torture But as Katie tells it, something totally unexpected happened when she stepped on stage My head exploded I loved it Acting hit me like a sucker punch and I lovKatie likes to believe she s invisible It seems much safer than being exposed as she is shy, poor, awkward So getting up on stage in the school production of The Taming of the Shrew should be complete torture But as Katie tells it, something totally unexpected happened when she stepped on stage My head exploded I loved it Acting hit me like a sucker punch and I loved, loved, loved it Invisible Katie became visible Katharina Evan Cooper is, as they say, another story He knows just what it takes to get noticed, and he uses every one of the skills he s honed after years of being the new kid Like tossing the keys to his father s high end Audi to a kid he s never met, first day of school I have insurance for car theft, he explains to a shocked Danny And there s a full tank An abuse of the power that comes with privilege and money Sure But dangerously, is his romance with Katie another version of the same thing Or is it the real thing From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. *Gratuitous sigh* Young love. It's great isn't it? The first time you see him across the halle first time you notice the hair flopping on his foreheade silly way he makes you feel when he smiles at youor how you tried, in vain, to calm your heart the first time he talked to you. Sigh. Oh to be young again. Juxtaposing The Taming of the Shrew, I had images of Heath Ledger in all his badass glory serenading a very shrewd Julia Stiles in the stands. If you're not familiar with the movie, 10 Things [...]

    2. I hated this book. I had to force myself to finish it. Evan is a jackass. Katie is a dumbass. The whole time those phrases kept popping up in my head. I loved Lisa but unfortunately her role in this story was limited. I really felt like this book was trying to excuse why Evan was such a heartless piece of shit. He also flip flopped way too much. He must have bipolar disorder to a degree I have never seen before. The ending is so unrealistic to what Katie's character had portrayed herself to be. [...]

    3. I wasn't totally sold on the sound of The Taming going in, but it was highly recommended by a good source so I thought it might be one of those guilty pleasure reads. Maybe it is for some, but not for me. Teresa and Eric used the frame work of The Taming of the Shrew to tell an alternate story of "taming" by abuse. Unlike the Bards original there is no humor in this telling, instead they dive into the dark waters of verbal, sexual and physical abuse from both Katie and Evans alternating view poi [...]

    4. You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!Release Date: January 24, 2012Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Random House)Pages: 256Format: PaperbackSource: ARC received from publisherTell Me More: In recent years, The Taming of the Shrew has become one of Shakespeare's highly contested plays. Readers are split over whether Petruchio was horribly sexist or if Katherine was bullied into submission. Of course, it's easy for those of us who grew up with 10 Things I Hate About You [...]

    5. This book was great on so many levels. There was humour, innocence, deceit, betrayal, strength… Everything that a good book should have! I was totally cracking up throughout this book. Everything about it was just so cute! I was giggling at so many different points, and howling at other parts. For example, when they were talking about roosters and chickens in perspective to the play, The Taming Of The Shrew. As most of you know, my favorite point of view is first person point of view, especial [...]

    6. This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be after reading the description from . I was expecting a lighter story; a typical "rich boy goes after shy girl" type of story. Maybe I just didn't read the summary too carefully but the description on the back of the book was more accurate to what the story actually is.The themes in the were darker as it deals with various forms of abuse but it was done in a way that is completely realistic and believeable. The parallels to The Taming of the Shre [...]

    7. I think, that this book could have been better. I found that there wasn't enough background on Evan, not as much as it could have. It was pretty good, the way it was written didn't make me want to throw it against a wall due to Katies "love" for Evan. It felt unreal because they fell in love too quickly in my opinion. And I would have thought she'd be more cautious because of how her mother relationships were like. I also think that the there could have been more interaction between Lisa and Kat [...]

    8. mixed feelings about this book, the characters were screwed up and the plot wasnt that interesting. BUT, i did manage to finish the book, so thats a point in its favour. 2.5

    9. The Taming. I don't why I said the name of the book first but I feel that it gives my review a formal feel to it. To start off I just want to say I went through SO much with this book. Well not a maraculous amount of things, but lordhavemercy is was unnecessary. This is the mini story before the review. Basically I was reading this book like a year ealier and I was on the 6th chapter. But that was back in the day when I used to only read books at the bookstore and never buy them. Then for some u [...]

    10. This book was extremely hard to read because of the realism of abusiveness in teen relationships. I found myself really having to power through and thinking critically about all the characters and their choices. There were parts of this book that truly made me uncomfortable and icky. It is a well-written novel about some tough, difficult, and dark subjects that are unfortunately all too real in the world we live in today.

    11. ***Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog |YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news! ^___^This is a powerful read. And by powerful, I mean, DEVASTATINGLY SO. I really loved this book, from the first page to last. I loved how readable it was, how captivating and intensely emotional. I absolutely loved the darker undertones of it, and how every chapter, every passage, every sentence of it pulls you deeper into its dark and sticky web of emotional abuse and tox [...]

    12. "The Taming" was a very well-written novel indeed, however, too dark for my liking. Let me start off by saying that I have never read Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. And I am extremely sorry because I have heard that it was amazing and if this novel follows the same idea, I must read it in the near future. Before I read the novel, I didn't even bother reading the synopis on the back, a first for me. I was captivated by the lovely cover, even more captivated by the fact that it was written [...]

    13. Starting The Taming, I thought I was in for some teenage high school love story. The cover, and the synopsis set me up with those expectations. Katie, is a young girl who has done so much to become invisible in high school, to NOT become one of those "popular" girls. To her, she is as invisible as you can get. Until she becomes the lead in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and she sees that she loves the stage, she was meant for it. People start noticing her. No longer is Katie invisible. Ev [...]

    14. Katie likes to believe she's invisible. It's much safer than being seen as who she is - shy, awkward, poor. Getting up on stage to play the lead in The Taming of the Shrew should be torture, but it's not. Something completely unexpected happens and she's transformed from invisible Katie to visible Katharina. Evan's another story. He knows what it takes to get noticed, and uses every one of those skills. Okay, sure, it might be an abuse of the power the comes with money and privilege. But is his [...]

    15. Random House Canada Random Reader Challenge Young AdultSo the Challenge this time around was to read one of the following Adult fiction books:The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong The Taming by Teresa Toten and Eric Walters Someone Else’s Life by Katie DaleBlood Red Road by Moira YoungThe Fathomless Fire by Thomas WhartonFlip by Martyn BedfordFor me the decision came down to which book became available first from my local library. The first book to win the battle was The Taming by Teresa Toten and [...]

    16. I did not like this book at all. When I was a few chapters in I thought it was going to be about a girl overcoming her shyness on stage and learning more about herself through this Evan character, who I did not realize was going to turn out to be so completely evil. Like really, are people that black and white? His character was not complex at all, the author barely skimmed the surface about why he acted the way he did, other than showing his dad acting similar. He was unlikable right from the g [...]

    17. "The Taming" didn't quite hit the mark for me. Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, this story does not quite have the humour of the original. Instead this version tackles a darker side including verbal, physical and even sexual abuse. Katie and Evan are total opposites. Katie is shy, poor and awkward. Evan is rich, smart and charming. No one is more surprised than Katie when she is given the lead role in her school's production of The Taming of the Shrew. Even more surprising she cat [...]

    18. I received this book through the first reads program on . After first reading the premise of this book I was excited. A story about young love that can conceal darker truths. And trust me, these truths are dark. Evan and Katie a high school couple. Katie is shy and wants to remain invisible, Evan is the ultra charming new kid. When they start dating it's only a matter of time before things seem a little off. It remained fairly close to it's source material, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew [...]

    19. As a rebelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Toten and Walters ask readers to consider the disturbing and abusive reality at the base of a well-loved story. For that, it gains respectability. For just about everything else, it gains a cringe. Readability: 2 stars. Books that switch POV already set themselves up for suspicion because that ploy often marks a lazy writer, one who would rather reveal character through each persona rather than face the difficulty of doing it through one voice. While th [...]

    20. Katie Rosario is quiet and invisible or at least she believes this is true. She slips right under the radar until she is cast the lead role of Katherina in her school play of "The Taming the Shrew". The role comes so easily to her and she becomes Katherina on stage. Katie becomes noticable and finally visible. She feels powerfull but also more shy and vunerable to the world she has ignored for almost 16 years. Evan on the other hand is the rich, bold, charming and smart new boy that just transfe [...]

    21. Katie goes through life wanting to be invisible but now that she’s been cast as Katerina, the lead character in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, everyone is starting to notice her. Evan is the new boy in town. Rich and good looking--he seems to have it all. The two start dating and Katie is over the moon. How can someone like him be interested in her? Evan is the perfect boyfriend and Katie would do anything to please him. Katie is very shy and wants to go through life being invisible. [...]

    22. If this book was not on the White Pine book, or co-written by Eric Walters I never would have read it. The two people kissing on the cover, the phrase "over the course of their relationship" on the back would have made me put the book down. I do not like romances at all, so this influences the review a lot. I do not consider Romance to be a plot line, so I found this book OK. This book was not completely romance, but I feel it would have been better if they tried to make it just a romance. This [...]

    23. I expect high things from anything that Eric Walters puts his name on. After the Ontario Library Association nominated this as one of the best Canadian young adult fiction of the year, I expected even more. Until halfway through I thought I had found a predictable teen romance. When our main character Katie's life starts to imitate her art on the stage of her high school Shakespeare production, I became engrossed. The rest of the story strikes me as very true dealing with the bizarre power strug [...]

    24. An insecure young woman meets a golden boy and much to her shock, he is interested in her. It is clear from the start that she has been abused & it seems likely that he has too, in one way or another. But while she gains confidence from their romance, he only becomes manipulative and controlling. As they also act out The Taming of the Shrew in their high school drama class, we are supposed to see parallels between the 2 stories.Kate was real enough that I wanted to know what happened to her. [...]

    25. this book was intersting. it was new. it was really well written, the ending was really good. it is not your normal rich guy goes for pooy shy girl. they each grew up in not loving enviroments, evan has a mean, controlling, cold father that also i think beats his wife/ evan's mother. and katie has a mother that is mean and dates guys that for the most part are losers. one in particular rapes katies over and over and when the mother finds out they move and the mother blames her, katie, her daugth [...]

    26. This book was so horible and probably written on impulse!!I just felt like burning this book. made no sense to me.One of the protagonist (Katie) is weak and stupid it's just annoying and the plot is just ughh!! If i could I would rate it a half star just because its a book.but a horible unberable oneAll in all very bad book Eric Walters!!!*REASONS I DIDN'T LIKE THIS BOOK!*1.Katie Is just to dumb I felt like she just didn't get the hint that HE'S ABUSIVE!!2.Evan was so alluring at firsthe was suc [...]

    27. Alternating viewpoints are like a duet. At the beginning of The Taming I wish the names of the singers were clearly marked in the chapter headers till I could differentiate the singers better. But I became hooked by the slow build of tension. Eric writes in a masterly malevolent voice. And then he shows Evan's vulnerability. I almost wanted Katie to stay with him and help him through his issues by the end. And no one wants their daughter, sister, best friend to ever do this. The pinnacle moment [...]

    28. I wanted to like this book a lot, because of the important subject matter (abuse in various forms) and because I appreciate the idea of two writers collaborating to write a novel from two alternating points of view, but I found myself struggling sometimes. The characters didn't always act or sound like teenagers. Also, the two main characters were often difficult to like or sympathize with. And although it was admirable that Katie grew a backbone at the end and dumped Evan, her transformation fr [...]

    29. I only put 3 stars because it was such a bloody good idea! To have such tragic protagonists try to make it through their equally crappy lives together while also creating a modern version of the Taming of the Shrew-- then have the protagonists act in said play. Inception. Or how it seemed that he SHOULD be the one in need of taming, but tries to do the taming? There's so much creativity and drama and inception, that the book should have been bloody fantastic! But it just didn't do it for me (the [...]

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