Why I liked it: As I was reading, there were moments in the plot that I thought were over the top, but then I remembered that the characters were based on the lives of John Keats, Lord Byron, and Percy and Mary Shelley, whose lives were sometimes unbelievable but true.
The plot was a good mix of flash backs and present action, which kept you rooting for the success of Keats and Byron's mission. The ending seemed underdeveloped and could use some work.
Classroom application: This novel is one I would add to my classroom library. It would definitely hook students who read novels that I might classify as a little "trashy," but this one is based on the lives of real people.
This novel could be used as a fiction pairing to a poetry unit on the Romantics or a biography of any one of the four authors.
This novel could also be used as a mentor text to show how to take events from the past and insert them into modern times. Students could select other historical figures with interesting lives and write narratives of those lives playing out in the present.
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