As I Descended by Robin Talley | 1 Minute Reviews

Lesbian Macbeth.

Robin Talley has served us Lesbian Macbeth and boy did she knock it out of the park.


Talley switches up the setting to a boarding school in Virginia, where Maria dreams of attaining the Kingsley Prize in order to attend a college of her choice. Only one thing stands in her way; her rival Delilah Dufrey.

Talley exchanges Macbeth’s desire for power with Maria’s desire for a chance at university scholarships, pitting the unfair American university system as her primary motivation and it works so well.

Replace the witches with a ouija board, and stick with ghosts and a murderous history, and you have Macbeth via Heathers and The Craft. I cannot honestly explain how intense, brilliant and exciting this is.

If you love Macbeth and YA, you have been waiting for this. If you’ve never read Macbeth, let this be your intro – Robin successfully needles into the desires of Macbeth (Maria) and Lady Macbeth (Lily) so well that it would be a great intro.

Interested? Get it here.

What to read next:

Thank you to Olivia at Harper Collins for sending this to me.

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