For Jane Austen enthusiasts (or anyone who likes a fast, funny read)

29 Dec

You don’t have to be a teen to enjoy Polly Shulman’s YA novel Enthusiasm – a fun, romantic tale of a modern day teen looking for her own Mr. Darcy.
Julie’s best friend, Ashleigh, is an “enthusiast” who takes up one craze after another. Most of the time, Julie doesn’t mind going along with her friend’s latest obsession, but then Ashleigh reads Julie’s favorite book Pride and Prejudice. Before you can say “Jane Austen” she’s wearing antique dresses, learning to dance a quadrille and crashing an all-boys school’s dance to look for the perfect gentleman. Not only does Ashleigh take ownership of Julie’s favorite book, the boy she chooses as her perfect Mr. Darcy is the same boy Julie secretly adores. I really liked both Julie and Ashleigh. Their friendship is a delight, so despite all the problems and misunderstandings that ensue, there is a lightness and humor that make this a book you could read in one sitting ( I know I did!). Kathy B


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