Rapunzel Roundup | Ann Cannon & The Loser’s Guide

Ann Cannon will be signing at the Rapunzel Roundup, August 23rd, 1 p.m. at the Foothill Library, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City

Ann Cannon, always wise beyond her years, has a sense of humor, a way with language, and a fondness for her characters that catches at your heart even while it makes you laugh. In The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love, a 21st-century riff on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the cast of characters includes: Ed, who is looking for love; Scout (longtime friend and coworker), who has a crush on Ed; Quark (best friend and neighbor), who has a crush on Scout; and new-girl-in-town Ellie, who has a crush on a memory. What comes out of the long series of slip-ups and switches (which in Shakespeare, as in life, always border on tragedy) is proof that there must be real magic that comes even into our perfectly ordinary lives. For teens and 20-somethings (and more than an occasional grownup who needed something like this in youth), this is an astonishing tour de force, beautiful beyond even our wildest dreams, one of the best so-called “young adult” novels we have ever read. Magical doesn’t BEGIN to describe it. – Review by TKE Staffers Margaret Brennan Neville, John Merritt, Betsy Burton, Linda Gurrister, and Anne Holman

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