What happens when a snow storm hits the city and many people, including a bunch of high school students in a mall are stranded overnight? Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes answers this question.
Miranda is a fallen A-Lister at her private school where she had it all, the guy, the brains and the popular clique. It all came crashing down and she is required to get a job in a mall food court to re-pay her debts. Miranda works at the Hot Dog Kabob where she has to wear a stupid hat and work with the regular kids.
One night, a huge snowstorm closes down the roads and everyone still in the mall must spend the night. Many teenagers are trapped including Miranda’s former popular friends and current tormentors. There is also a thief who is robbing several stores while everyone is trapped.
Miranda is a terrific character. She is diabolical, humorous, brilliant, daring, caring, and loyal. Miranda works at the Hot Dog Kabob where she has a little pixie-like sidekick, Ariel who is adorable. Then there is Caleb who likes Miranda and is the lead singer of a band.
At the beginning of the book, Miranda is very stuck up. She doesn’t want people to see her working at the Hot Dog Kabob and doesn’t want the popular kids to see her with the regular kids. Soon Miranda and Caleb are handcuffed together and all hell breaks loose.
This is a fun young adult story that will keep you entertained. It’s almost like a Lord of the Flies as the Food Court kids stick together and the popular kids are on the other side of the mall. Each group schemes to attack the other group and retaliations happen. Some of the pranks Miranda comes up with to get back at her former friends are pretty funny. I found myself laughing out loud.
This is a very entertaining young adult story that will pull you in and make you care for the characters. I really enjoyed this story. This book was light and humorous with a little bit of teenage angst and a mystery thrown in.
Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
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