Robyn Howard is a teenager who lives with her father and workaholic mother, who seems to never have time for her. Robyn dreams of making a difference in the world, but wonders why there are so few famous women in history.
After her mother lets her down again, Robyn finds herself having a really bad day at school, and ends up fighting with her boyfriend. Suddenly a violent lightning storm hits, and Robyn is transported to a forest, dressed in medieval clothing and surrounded by young women who address her as Robyn Hood.
Turns out that Robyn is the leader of their band. And she’s in Sherwood Forest. And she’s about to launch a raid on King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham…
Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess is based on a full-length musical of the same name for which the author wrote the storyline, dialogue and lyrics (music by Gary Daverne).–
I can already see this is going to be one of those books that is going to upset someone if not outright offend because they took a beloved male icon and turned him into a woman. If there’s anything that irritates people in this decade it’s changing the gender or race of their icons.
Then there’s the group that will be upset because it’s yet another reboot of a fairytale, legend, myth, etc so where’s the originality?
Can you tell I read a lot of reviews? I often do so after reading something myself to see where my opinion falls against the general consensus; sometimes it’s entertaining, sometimes it’s annoying.
As a woman I liked that a book was put out to give girls their own hero in the woods, a champion to get behind who will stand against social injustice.
It’s not a perfect story. Immediately I was irritated that the main character gets punished by having to write an essay on three famous men, why specifically men? Women have contributed a lot too but then I guess that’s kind of the point of this gender bending story so deep breath taken. Then there was the female teacher actually stereotyping girls as having a problem with talking too much. Another deep breath taken. The female history teacher says that “History is mostly about men” which is only true if you teach it that way as women have played some great roles as leaders in various countries and stories but since we live in male dominated society their parts are often overlooked for men. It just surprised me you’d have a female character, in what seems to be a modern story, continue that charade. But I’m trying so continuing I go.
The main character, Roby, is supposed to be 17 but the way she’s portrayed is closer to a 2 yr old. Her dialogue, bad attitude, temper tantrums all seem a bit immature for that age however I’m reading this as an adult so in all probability if someone in their teens or younger read this they could probably identify with a girl being angry at parents who don’t get it and a school more concerned with rules than making education fun.
Once I got through those initial chapters it actually turned into a great story I had fun reading with my elementary school age daughter. She loved the action scenes and it gave us a chance to talk about social injustice on a level she could understand.
The conclusion felt REALLY rushed like they were pressed for time and just needed to end it which was disappointing. Even my daughter felt surprised and asked me to flip through some more because she thought we had lost pages.
I let my daughter rate this because if I did it would be unfair as it was obviously not written for my age level and since she’s more of the target audience it seemed only right for her opinion to take precedence.
I did read that this was actually a musical which I had never heard of and would be curious to see if it translated better on stage at least as far as being able to enjoy it more on an adult level. I’m curious to hear what kind of music was done to accompaniment it.
Thank you to Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for allowing me to review this!
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*synopsis & image from Netgalley