Attempting Elizabeth

Attempting Elizabeth

by Jessica Grey
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Attempting Elizabeth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BustyLarue More than 1 year ago
I love Pride & Prejudice. I read the book about five years ago, and haven't had time to reread it lately, but I make it a point to watch one of the movies at least once a month or so, so I consider myself familiar when it comes to the story. Attempting Elizabeth gives a whole new spin to P&P. I loved it. In fact, if I hadn't had to get up and drive for three hours the next morning, I would have stayed up all night to finish it. I especially loved that Kelsey was a nerd, and proud of it. I have had the "Han shoots only" conversation many times in my life, and I totally died when that came up in the book. My husband kept looking at me like I was insane when I shouted things like "Exactly!" and "You tell him!" I also couldn't help but read Mark's parts aloud, in my best Australian accent. I loved the interaction between Mark and Kelsey, and when she fumbles, I totally can feel her pain, because I've been there. Many times. Jessica Grey has this wonderful way of making the characters feel like people you might actually know in real life. Now, done to the P&P stuff. I loved the way she worked in the story. I've always wondered why exactly Georgiana Darcy agreed to marry Wickham, and well, now I have an answer. The speculation Grey makes isn't so far out there that it's unbelievable. You read it and you think, "Yeah, that totally makes sense. That's probably what happened" (completely forgetting that P&P is a book, and not real life). There's a great twist toward the end of the book, too. It had me shouting at my Kindle, again garnering strange looks from my immediate family members. This is a must-read for any fan of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Jessica Grey does Austen proud.
Candy-Solittletime More than 1 year ago
Amazing! That’s the word I would use to describe Attempting Elizabeth! I truly loved this story! I felt it had a fun uniqueness about it. I loved the whole novel jumping aspect of the story, but there was much more to it than that...I don’t know if I can say anything about it without giving anything away. But I will give it a try! Kelsey Edmundson is going through a rough spot in her life. She recently broke up her with boyfriend and would rather stay home and read her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, but her best friend Tori Mansfield has different ideas. Tori drags Kelsey to a club for the evening where she meets Mark Barnes, a hot Aussie with an amazing accent. Unfortunately, Kelsey is stand-offish, bordering on rude to Mark. After that night, they are thrown together a couple of times and Kelsey is always awkward, and the two cannot have a conversation that doesn’t end up badly. Kelsey is really attracted to Mark and wonders why she can’t just act normal around him! Feeling like a total idiot, Kelsey retreats back home and to her favorite book where the strangest thing happens, she falls asleep reading and wakes up in Pride and Prejudice as Georgiana Darcy! She is there quite a bit before she learns how to get back out of the book. Soon, Kelsey begins jumping in and out of Pride and Prejudice hoping to become Elizabeth Bennet. I could really identify with Kelsey. I loved her experiences while she’s in the book, and how she grows from them. I also liked how Mark questions her, and how he pushes her to think about herself; whom she is. And in the end she finds herself and maybe even love. I found it so interesting that the roles were reversed here, Kelsey is more like Darcy with her awkwardness and stand-offish ways and Mark was more like Elizabeth, smart, fun and gorgeous! Ok, Elizabeth has fine eyes, but I couldn't resist saying gorgeous because that describes Mark. Grey has a gift for storytelling! Attempting Elizabeth is a fun, cute modern Austenesque novel. This is the second book I have read of hers. In Awake, she put a unique spin on Sleeping Beauty.*I was provided a copy of the book for my honest review.*
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
If God had wanted us to walk straight up mountains he wouldn’t have invented Henry Ford. That sentence right there is the one that made me decide I’d love to have had Kelsey as a buddy when I was in my 20′s (we won’t talk about how long ago that was). Then, when I saw how devoted, er, obsessed, she is with Pride and Prejudice, well, I ask you, how could I possibly resist Attempting Elizabeth? Now, I have to admit that I was predisposed to like this book because I read another by Jessica Grey (Atone) not long ago and really liked her style, her creativity and her humor. Ms. Grey has not lost any of those appealing talents and I can safely say I’m still a big fan. I also have to say I’m a great admirer of her solid knowledge of Jane Austen’s enduring tale. Since Kelsey falls into the story, that deep awareness is what keeps Attempting Elizabeth from being just a run-of-the-mill romance. Romance is not a favorite genre of mine by itself but I do like it when it’s a sort of side story to the main theme. In this case, though, romance is what it’s all about, actually in both the contemporary story and the historical fiction episodes. This book reminds me of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series (both very pleasant reminders) but without being too close for comfort. Ms. Grey’s use of the motif is so well-done and so entertaining and yet with her own imagination that comparisons can only be positive, of the “if you like this, you’ll like that” variety. Who do I love best in this book? Certainly Kelsey and Mark and, although she could be truly annoying, I couldn’t help liking Tori and appreciating how much she cares about her roommate. I also found Rick and Danny to be amusing foils for all the angst about getting back in the dating saddle after a bad break-up and I really enjoyed the sincere friendship among all these people and the way they were willing to let a new guy in. Attempting Elizabeth is a quick read and one that can be relished by readers in search of romance, humor, and a large dose of fantasy. Now I’m off in search of my copy of Pride and Prejudice but I’ll probably have to re-watch the Colin Firth mini-series first ;-)
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Attempting Elizabeth was both interesting and extremely entertaining. It completely swept me up into both worlds, and I wasn't ready for it to end. You don't have to be an avid Jane Austen reader to completely enjoy this book. Attempting Elizabeth is one of those stories that can appeal to a wide audience of fiction lovers. Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey was provided to me by the Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
BerlsKS More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Initial Reaction… As one of the biggest Pride and Prejudice (P&P) fans out there (I’ve read the book 17 times in as many years!), Attempting Elizabeth  was a book I had to read. I was nervous though, since Jessica Grey was going to be taking a lot of license with a story and characters I’ve grown to love. Not only was she creatively retelling the greatest story every written, but she was letting her main character go into P&P to interact with and be the  characters; characters I’ve grown to know on a very personal level over the years. This could have been a disaster, if Grey didn’t know her stuff! But thankfully, she does and every moment inside P&P was a treat for me. The Characters… Any serious P&P fan will realize pretty quickly that Kelsey, the main character from who’s point of view Attempting Elizabeth is told, is a creative twist on Mr. Darcy. I absolutely loved this, since it was very unexpected. I figured she would be Elizabeth. But Kelsey is the aloof and distant one, who probably seems pretty full of herself to those who don’t know her and makes a ridiculously prejudiced judgement about Mark, the love interest in the book. I could easily turn into a crazy fan girl right here pulling up all the little details that Grey managed to work in to really make this characterization work, but I’ll simply say Grey knew what she was doing. If you’re hyper aware like me, you’ll see it. If you’re not, you’ll still enjoy it, because Kelsey is a lovable character. She’s your typical nerdy girl – working on her MA in literature, lover of Star Wars, and lacking any internal filter. She either speaks her mind or shuts down completely (just like Darcy, I might add – which is why he comes off as so proud). Mark I suppose was supposed to be the modern day twist on Elizabeth. Even though I can make parallels, they aren’t as overwhelming for me as the Darcy-Kelsey connections, but I think that’s because this isn’t his story. Regardless, I did find him to be an immensely likable character. First off, he’s hot. Secondly, he has an Aussie accent. So on a very superficial level, he’s great. But behind the surface, he’s just this really sweet, friendly guy. He’s a history teacher, who loves what he does. He and Kelsey get off on the wrong foot, though and you can’t help but wonder if they’ll ever get it right. Even though I was convinced that this was a P&P retelling, enough was different that I was still not sure how things would develop. I knew I hoped they’d make it work, because I really liked Mark and I hoped he’d give her a few more chances to get it right. The Story… When we meet Kelsey she’s getting over a bad breakup. Her boyfriend – Jerkface Jordan as he’s affectionately called – had an affair and Kelsey is realizing that she seems to always hook up with the George Wickhams (the womanizer of P&P) of the world. It’s put her into a bad mood and all she wants to do is lose herself in a good book. Her best friend, Tori (who is pretty much Bingley if any P&P fans were wondering), insists that she come with her to a party. This party will make P&P fans giddy with all the parallels to THE ball where Darcy and Lizzy first meet. It’s at this party that Kelsey meets Mark and judges him because he’s slinging drinks. And that he overhears her making rude remarks about him to Tori. (Like I said, giddy!) Anyway Kelsey’s put her foot in her mouth and after that whenever their thrown together (which is often since Tori is dating one of his friends) things are awkward. One time, when Kelsey isn’t obsessing about how much she’s messed things up with Mark, whom she can’t seem to get out of her head, she sits down to read P&P and falls asleep reading a scene about Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And she ends up in that scene, as Gerogiana. I loved this tip into P&P since Kelsey is trying to figure out what’s happened to her and decides to tell off some characters that I think every P&P fan has wanted to tell off at least once. You also wonder how in the world she’s going to get out of the book, because she’s definitely stuck in the wrong body. She needs to be Elizabeth, not Darcy’s sister! I won’t tell you how, but she manages to get out and she tries going in over and over so that she can be Elizabeth. This turns out to be difficult and I had a blast wondering if she’d ever manage it, seeing her appear as different characters, and falling into memorable scenes from my favorite book. Grey has written this so well that if your a P&P fan you’ll immediately know what’s going on, but if you aren’t, there’s enough detail and explanation that you’ll have no trouble following. Concluding Sentiments… So if it’s not ridiculously clear by now, I loved this book. I’m having a seriously hard time restraining myself from talking about all the parallels and neat twists on such a classic book. It’s an original enough love story that you don’t have to love Pride and Prejudice to enjoy it (hell, you don’t have to have even read it). But, if like me, you’re a huge fan, this will be non-stop fun. I think I may be rereading this alongside my annual re-read of P&P from now on!
Sakuchu More than 1 year ago
This book was received free of charge as part of a book tour (Share My Destiny Blog) for an honest review.  Kelsey Edmunson is your usual literature major and is kind of a geek. But thanks to her, most of the time, nice roommate, she gets to know the handsome Mark from Australia. At first both of them clash a lot, but when they get sucked into Kelsey's favourite novel, Pride & Prejudice, they start to be true to themselves and finally get together. First I have to say I actually never had a chance to read Pride & Prejudice (Kelsey would probably kill me! ), but still enjoyed reading this book a lot. Kelsey's jumps into the novel were simply hilarious. My favourite scene was probably her first time “jumping” and everything that happened afterwards. I won’t spoil it for you. Kelsey is simply crazy, in a funny way, trying all kind of things to get out of the book and even thinking about killing someone or herself. She has some kind of aggressive potential , I suppose.  I also found it funny that she refers to herself as a super human with super powers and compares herself to super heroes like Peter Parker or Clark Kent. Initially she is totally convinced she can jump into any novel and she tries several times (e.g. Princess Lea). Eventually she realizes she can only do it with Pride & Prejudice. It might have been fun to see her in Star Wars. Maybe this would make a great second book? lol In addition I have to say I like Kelsey and Mark quite a bit, although they fight a lot. They fight for their relationship and really care for each other. It's so cute :). Most people would probably just forget about the other person and look for someone else, but those two never gave up, even if their friends had to help a little. The only thing I wasn't content with was the whole “finding one's self” concept and the end. For myself, I think a lot of people would like to be someone else for a little bit. Though in my opinion, it doesn't mean one doesn't know who he/she really is or that they aren’t content with his/her actual life. From Attempting Elizabeth, I get the feeling it's portrayed as a bad thing. I'd say wanting to be someone else could be the start of changing yourself in a positive way, like adopting a different kind of hairstyle, make-up, or looking for a new habit/hobby/activity to do. Maybe I'm interpreting it as something different as it is and it simply was meant for Kelsey to understand herself a little bit better.  Despite the fact that this book addressed a serious topic, I still found it to be very funny and love the references to classic literature. Isn't that every student’s dream, a book, that's funny AND teaches something about literature? So I'd say it is a really nice read :)!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. The last quarter of this book had me grinning and giggling like a young in-love person. Attempting Elizabeth is a unique story and a new twist on the retelling of a beloved (my favorite) classic. Ms. Grey does a good job creating a different perspective on a book most love. I really enjoyed seeing Kelsey in the minds of some of the lesser known, less respected characters of Pride & Prejudice. That is what really stood out to me. That is what made this story different. Besides, of course, being able to jump into your favorite novel and live as one of the characters. Seriously, how awesome would that be? Come on, you know you’ve thought about it. Anyway, this was a fun read that will leave you with a smile on your face and flutter in your heart. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this to any Pride & Prejudice retelling fan. Please be aware that there are some mistakes (wrong words, extra words, etc.) here and there. I’m not sure if my copy was an ARC; however, I didn’t see any designation of it being one. Will I read it again: I will not. If there is a sequel though, I will definitely read that. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
"I don't want to go Mr. Darcy hunting. I only end up with Wickhams." Pride and Prejudice meets Groundhog Day in this adorable novel by Jessica Grey. I love retellings of classics, especially when they have an interesting twist. Kelsey Edmundson is a literary geek. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. She, like pretty much every single other red-blooded woman, is in love with Mr. Darcy. But, she always ends up dating Mr. Wickhams. I could relate to Kelsey pretty easily. I found her charming and sassy, but not without some pride and prejudices of her own. Overall, I thought she was a likable character. She was like Lizzy Bennett light. When she meets hot Australian bartender Mark, she makes some uncomfortable assumptions about his lack of motivation, his career as a bartender, etc. She was attracted to him, but a total snob about it. She was too proud to admit it. They have mutual friends, so they keep getting thrown together in social situations. There's an undeniable chemistry between them, but neither will make a move.  "Why should i care if Mark didn't give two cents about me? I didn't give two cents about him. The non-caring was mutual… as evidenced by the fact that I spent the entire rest of the afternoon sneaking looks at him and wondering if he thought I was a total jerk, or if he was really just not thinking of me at all." Their story is only just beginning when Kelsey falls asleep and, upon waking up, realizes she is *in* Pride and Prejudice. That's when the fun really begins. It's a comedy of errors as she tries to figure out how to get out of the book. Her trial and error, and some of the interactions she had with characters, were hysterical. The dialogue (inner and otherwise) was witty and fun. Kelsey begins to move easily in and out of the novel, taking the identity of a different character each time. She desperately wants to be Lizzy. In a unique twist, she finally gets her wish, and then some. "Around Mark I felt like I was Alice falling down the rabbit hole, but instead of ending up in Wonderland I kept finding myself in the Land of Uncomfortable Social Situations. Awkwarder and awkwarder." This was just an all-around fun book. The plot, while very clearly based in Pride and Prejudice, had enough originality to keep things interesting. Parts were predictable, but others, not so much. I enjoyed Kelsey's time spent interacting with Jane Austen's characters. Kelsey was a great character. I adored Mark, but feel like more time could have been spent developing his character, telling the readers a little more about him. Yes, there's some romance in the book. Clean romance. But more than anything, this book is about Kelsey and her growth. The three words that come to mind when I think about this book are sweet, charming and fun.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 
jramos More than 1 year ago
Kelsey is a Literature major completely in love with Mr Darcy. After having her heart crushed, her best friend forces her to go to a party where she meets Mark. Mark is a big mass of muscle with chocolate eyes, reddish hair and an Australian accent. Kelsey can't seem to say or do anything right around Mark. Right away she insults him and then caves into herself. The next morning she finds him in her apartment and once again she makes herself look like a fool.  After a disaster of a night of seeing Ashley (the cause of her break-up) draped all over Mark, Kelsey goes home and falls asleep reading Pride & Prejudice. The problem is she wakes up as Georgina Darcy. After several failed attempts and having to deal with the infamous Wickam, she finally figures out how to get out of the book. She continues to have run ins with Mark that lead to a complete disaster brought on by Kelsey's mouth. They go on a blind date with only ends with them screaming at each other and Kelsey goes running back to Pride & Prejudice. She just wants to be Elizabeth Bennett and fall madly in love with Mr Darcy but she ends up in other bodies each time.  In her real world she finally gets the courage to confront Mark and lay her cards out which leads to several amazing dates. They becomes so enraptured with each other that he begins to invade her thoughts while she is in Pride & Prejudice. One night when she confesses to Mark about her Darcy world, things blow up and she goes running back to the book to finally end up as her favorite character. The problem is she can't get Mark out of her head. On the day of the infamous first proposal, she realizes something is wrong. Mark ends up being sucked into Darcy's body and they have no clue out to get themselves back into reality.  Kelsey and Mark are funny to watch. In the beginning, any steps they made forward always ended tragically after something Kelsey would say. Her geekery is so funny! I related a lot to her character so watching some of the things she said and did were like watching myself. Kelsey's obsession with Pride & Prejudice was alarming. That is coming from a huge Darcy fan. It was pretty awesome to have a modern comparison to what he looked like. I always pictured him tall, dark, handsome and brooding. I love how everyone in this book as described. I had a perfect picture in my head of each character and they were lovely.  This story was not one of those books where its a play by play of Pride & Prejudice. You could see the characteristics from the characters in Kelsey or Mark but as they grew and found love, you were able to see them alter into other characters. I recommend this book to all Austen lovers. You will not regret it!