10 Things I Hate About You Author:David Levithan Meet Bianca Stratford, the most wanted sophomore at Padua High. She's sweet and pretty ant totally boy-crazy. Meet Cameron James and Joey Donner. They're both totally crazy for Bianca. Which one has her heart? Alas, neither. For there's a hitch to the sitch: Bianca's dad, who decrees, "No way." — Translation: no dating - at least until Bianca's o... more »lder sister starts going out. Which means, pretty much, never.
Meet Kat Stratford. She's Bianca's surly, sarcastic sister. She hates everyone - especially the "unwashed miscreants" at Padua High. (Which pretty much covers all the boys!)
Except...for one. Maybe. Patrick Verona. He's a mystery - and just may be the answer to everyone's problems. Then again, maybe not.« less
This was a really good novelization of a movie adapted from a play. The weirdest moments of the movie were excluded and/or downplayed and it allowed some of the brilliant material to shine through. Of course some of my favorite movie moments were gone as well. Ms. Perky role is toned back down with no Allison Janny to pump it up as is Mr. Chapin's when no David Leisure is there to inflate it. Also gone are some of Michael/David Crumholz's most cringeworthy dialogue moments.
What remains is a light hearted high school story told by the teen-aged characters that live them.