Book Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin book coverFoul is Fair by Hannah Capin
Release date: February 18, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Reviewed by: Rachel

Foul is Fair is a modern retelling of Macbeth from Lady Macbeth’s point of view. Based on my niche book favorite of “YA Shakespeare, but make it gayer and also women’s rights!” I was already preparing to crush on Lady Macbeth (as one does). I liked my chances that her name would be something cliche like Makenzie. She’d be a manipulative, deceiving, glorious woman who would be a feminazi. That’s just how Lady Macbeth is written: the overambitious, too powerful woman.

What I did not expect was to be scared of her for once in my nerdy life! In Foul is Fair, I am terrified and awestruck by her character. We open with Elle being roofied at a frat party, an emotional hair-dye breakdown, and this goddess of a woman plotting her revenge on a group of Golden Boys (King Duncan and his crew). In this book, not only is Elle (under the pseudonym Jade) terrifyingly amazing at manipulating Macbeth (Andrew Mack) and the Royal Court, but she is the head witch of her coven. Dear Shakespeare, I feel as though I have been robbed of something glorious. I have been duped by Lady Macbeth herself. (Note: if someone adapts Macbeth again, PLEASE keep Lady M as one of the three witches.)

This book is bloody. I am talking second-day period bloody. I relish Jade and Mack killing bodies to stand on top of them and get the high ground. Foul is Fair is exactly what Heathers wanted to be: murderous, feminist, without having the, “Wait, my boyfriend is bad. What if I don’t kill him?” dilemma. Jade would sell Mack for a corn chip, stab Duncan with the cornchip, clean the corn chip, then eat said murder corn chip. I most definitely recommend this book to the LGBTQ+ Shakespeare nerd with an unhealthy attachment to their English teacher, especially if they’re a simp for Lady M. This book grabs you with its blood-stained claws, murders your self control, and then crucifies your awestruck corpse. 

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