This YA book was one my daughter was reading, and accidentally left behind at Thanksgiving - that, of course, mom had to pick up. No such thing as an abandoned book at my house. Shakespeare Shapiro hates the name his unusual parents have burdened him with and blames the name for many of the miseries he has faced in his life. We meet him in high school as he is writing his senior year assignment of writing a memoir of his life so far. His memoir is the book. It is charming, insightful and witty, containing just enough touching moments to make it real. I can certainly see the appeal of this book for an older teen, but I liked it very much as well.