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  • Published: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Description: 196 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781596912854
  • 1596912855
  • 1620404869


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by Hale, Shannon.

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Fun, light read

I had pretty low expectations when I picked up this book since there are quite a few terrible Austen-based novels out there, but I was pleasantly surprised. Was it at times cheesy and cliche? Yes. This might have bothered me more if the book was longer. But at it's current length of 196 pages, it was perfect. I knocked it out over a weekend when I could just curl up with a hot mug of tea and indulge in frivolities.

The movie based on the book http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1444652 is also delightful and just what I expected it to be. There were aspects of certain characters that the movie changed which I did not enjoy as much as the book, but overall the book and movie share the same spirit. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes Jane Austen and can laugh at themselves.

2.0 Stars

it was about as silly as it sounds, but not abysmal. two stars because the pace was good, the story and premise weren't drawn out (195p) and there was a decent twist. the author is a YA author moving into Adult, and it shows, but I give her some credit for taking the leap.

One of my all-time favorites

I absolutely adore this book. I love Jane Austen, but there really aren't any books about women like me. (Jane Austen obsessed women.) This book has the Jane Austen magic and scandal that we all love, but all of the modern day reality to it. I mean come on, Shannon Hale puts it best when she says, "Who doesn't love men in tight breeches?"
This will have you loving the Jane Austen books all over again, and pulling those BBC DVDs off your shelf to watch over again. If you're like me you'll laugh and cry all the way through this book when you realize how similar you are to the main character.

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