Fall for You

Fall for You

by Cecilia Gray


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It's obvious that Dante thinks he's way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pressing her buttons. But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie's quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets... Secrets Lizzie can't seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries...

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Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph...

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it's about to turn the Academy-and the lives of its students-totally upside down...

The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a beachside California boarding school. Don't miss the rest of the Jane Austen Academy, where sassy girls, hot guys and Jane Austen collide!

Book 1: Fall For You (Lizzie - Pride and Prejudice)

Book 2: So Into You (Ellie - Sense and Sensibility)

Book 3: When I'm With You (Kat - Northanger Abbey)

Book 4: Suddenly You (Fanny - Mansfield Park)

Book 5: Only With You (Emma - Emma)

Book 6: Always You (Anne - Persuasion)

Now with a reader's discussion guide for your book club, student group, or Jane Austen fan club.

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Praise for The Jane Austen Academy

A What's Hot Pick - RT Book Reviews

A unique twist on a classic... A compelling mix of action, drama and love. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Engaging characters, a gentle romance, budding friendships, and a payoff that is incredibly rewarding. - Indie Jane

I love Cecilia Gray's Jane Austen Academy books! I recommend them to my students regularly - what a great way to bring Austen's classic stories forward for a modern audience. . - Pimples. Popularity and Protagonists

Cute. Adorable. Genius. Amazing. I'm running out of synonyms...I loved all the friendships! Girl power! - Monique Morris, Goodreads

Another awesome Austen innovation! - Cheryl Beck, Educator

An incredibly charming novel - a heroine worth cheering for! - Growing Up YA

"An instant favorite!" -Electively Paige Reviews

Whether you're a romantic or a Jane Austen fan, you can't help falling for this book.. - EZ Read

I can visualize a cult following. Bravo! - Reader's Favorite

Its own story cleverly woven within the classic. ~ Book Haven Extraordinaire

The series is getting better and better. - Nikki Harriet, Goodreads

Gray's characters are so full of life, hope and dreams, it's a pleasure to read about them. - Schenni's Book Nook

You should read this book if you like sweet romances and great friendships that are strong enough to last through anything. ~ Wonderous Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938268014
Publisher: Gray Life, LLC
Publication date: 01/25/2014
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

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Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #1: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
rachelnaddeo More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, so for me Fall For You was a must-read when the author mentioned that it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice (my favorite Austen novel ever!). I know that probably many of you are afraid of reading a retelling of such a beloved novel but I can assure you that this one is worth it! The Plot: Well, if you have read Pride and Prejudice, I'm sure you know how the story is going to unfold. However Fall For You takes place in present times and has a more modern feel to it. I loved how I could relate more to the retelling because, well, we live in 2012 and not in the 19th century! Even though I knew how everything would turn out, I found myself completely captivated by the story. The Characters: All the characters are similar to those of Pride and Prejudice and they all have the same or similar names, so you won't have a problem to connect them to Austen's characters. I really loved the modernisation of the characters and their somewhat new characteristics. Furthermore Lizzie was even more likable for me because I also want to become a Journalist! Being a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, I don't have any bad things to say about the other characters. Gray did an awesome job retelling Austen's beloved novel in a way that will attract even more people nowadays. It tells the story in a way that stays true to the original but holds its own. Certainly some of you who love Jane Austen won't enjoy a retelling but I do advise you to give Fall For Me a chance! Gray's novel was a great summer read: light, easy and quick. Do get this one before the summer is over!
DaniC More than 1 year ago
Calling all Jane Austen fans! Here is a series just for you! It is no secret that I am a fan of Jane Austen’s books. I also love books that retell her stories in a new way. Fall for You is the first in a series that does just that. It is a YA Contemporary story that gives a fresh spin on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Fall for You starts when Lizzie and her friends come back to The Jane Austen Academy (Jasta) for a new school year. They find that the school had been sold and the new owners (no one seems to know who they are) are making changes. Now boys are allowed to attend the former all girl school and the girls now have to have roommates. Lizzie is determined to find out who the new owners are when they hear that they may be changing the name of the school. Her crusade affects her relationship with her best friend Ellie and helps her make new friends with some of the other students. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and I did not want to put it down. My only problem was that it wasn’t long enough! I am so looking forward to the So Into You, the next book in the Jane Austen Academy Series!
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
Fall For You is the first book in the Jane Austen Academy Series, and I must say, that this first one was wonderful, and the rest of the series looks promising. I just love this whole concept, of having these inspired characters from Jane Austen's novels, in a more modern setting, a high school setting, and to have it set at a prestigious school that of course must be named, The Jane Austen Academy. This first book is based on the beloved Pride And Prejudice. I believe that Gray did a wonderful job in writing as she was really descriptive and creative. Aspiring Journalist, Lizzie, and now fellow wealthy school mate Dante [great name for a Darcy :) ] were the characters we focus on, but we also look at a situation that can threaten The Jane Austen Academy forever, with the help of the new Headmistress. I think the conflict and oh yes, the not so friendly vibe between Lizzie and Dante were written and described well. Lizzie, here, seems to not like sudden change, and when she returns to school in the Fall, that seems to happen a lot: some good, and some well, just not. Dante has some secrets, and you may be surprised to what it is, as Lizzie was. While reading, it was a bit fun to distinguish the characters here to the characters from Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice. This story just has a good feel to it, and I definitely wanted to read more once I was done. This is a great read, and I recommend it! :)
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
If you love Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice, this a great light contemporary retelling of the story. Although it's brief and the romance is light as well as the drama, it's a perfect read for a couple of hours of enjoyment. I could see all of my favorite characters (especially because the names were kept the same) but the relationships were different. The setting was a private boarding school in California instead of Regency England but the troubles were still the same. Dante aka Darcy was the same in the beginning as he was in Pride and Prejudice but he warmed to Lizzie as she did to him. I loved the characters and their interactions, especially the four girls, Lizzie and Ellie who had been best friends and not exactly enemies but certainly not friendly with Anne and Emma. But the four came together with a common enemy. And four girls could not be more different. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I do want to point out that this is a very light, fun read and short at 123 pages so if you were ever scared off by Pride and Prejudice, you might want to give this one a try. This was a very clean read and a great quick contemporary YA read.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Lizzie is 16 years old and starting her junior year at the prestigious Jane Austin Academy, an all girls boarding school, that is until this year, when the new owners opened up the school to boys. Lizzie is not happy about this at all, but at least she thinks she is going to be able to room with her best friend Ellie.....not. She ends up rooming with her former arch nemesis Ann, while Ellie rooms with Emma, the blonder than she pays to be class gossip. As editor of the school's newspaper, Lizzie is determined to make things right and expose the truth for her beloved school. What she doesn't count on is Dante Braxton, who is totally hot, but also snobbish, and rude, but then Lizzie can come across that way herself. A weekend away ends up changing her opinion of Dante, but being the "investigative reporter" that she is, secrets threaten to destroy the budding relationship. Will love win out in the end or will secrets destroy Lizzie's school, future, and friendships? Fall for You is a fun, quick read. Despite her somewhat self-centered beginnings, I really like the way Lizzie turned out toward the end. The relationship between Lizzie and Dante was really sweet, as they pushed past their own feelings and opinions and were able to see the truth in the situation they faced, and in each other. The supporting characters were really fun, and the guys in the story were also hot. I would have liked to see more about them, especially Dante, but this is a short story, and considering that, it is very well written. I loved seeing the relationship between the four girls mature and develop also, as Lizzie and Anne discover they don't hate each other as much as they thought, and Lizzie finds that Emma is really not that bad after all. I look forward to seeing where Cecilia Gray takes the next book in the series, So Into You. Overall, this was a really cute story and I would recommend it for girls as young as 12 on up to those of us who are still teens at heart.
booksaresanity More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary for this book, I knew that I wanted to read it. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and I love Pride and Prejudice! Fall For You does not disappoint! A modern-day twist of the Jane Austen classic, Fall For You will leaving you wanting more! This book is an easy read and one you will not want to put down! The story pulled me in right from the beginning and I enjoyed getting to know each character. I love a book that doesn't drag and flows right along and this book does just that! This is a five star novel for me and one I recommend for any Austen fan or any romance fan! I am excited that this is the beginning of a series and am excited for the next one! I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly loved it!
Emily_K24 More than 1 year ago
I'd like to thank the lovely Cecilia Gray for giving me a copy of this novel to review! This book? AMAZING. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! Yes, it was THAT good. I couldn't believe it at first, how much I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of retellings, especially ones of Jane Austen novels. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite story that gets retold and my favorite Jane Austen novel period. It's a great story and there are many ways it can be twisted to be made a modern story. Most of the Pride and Prejudice retellings that I've read have been amazing. This novel is no exception! The author writes so realistically. I could feel myself in Lizzie's shoes. She's a great teenage character. She makes mistakes, questions them and regrets them later. She's stubborn and goes after what she wants. Lizzie was really relatable. She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways. The characters are all as realistic as Lizzie is. You could understand their emotions and their relationships were typical teenage romances. Words can not do this book justice! It's addictive and mysterious and intriguing. Fall For You is also very different from other books like it. It was refreshing! It has drama, romance and the right amount of mystery. (Though the big reveal is pretty obvious, even if you haven't read the original novel. But it definitely doesn't take away from the plot!) I loved this book. Loved, with a capital "L." I would give this ten stars if I could. I need the sequel now! I will definitely be reading more from this author! Fall For You is a short, light read that young adult romance lovers of all ages will enjoy! You should go out and buy it as soon as possible!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) 16-year-old Lizzie is a student at the prestigious Jane Austen Academy (Jasta), a school which has been her home for several years. Things are changing this year though as the school has been sold, and it’s new owners want to make changes. The first thing to change is the student number – with double the usual number of students attending, the second change is that the new students will be male, drastically changing the atmosphere at the previously all-girl school. Lizzie however is determined to set things right, a goal that she started working on before term even started by writing an inflammatory piece for the student newspaper, basically dissing the new owners and new developments at the school. When Lizzie does arrive to start the new school year, she finds that her room sharing request has not been honoured, and instead of sharing a room with her best friend Ellie, she is sharing a room with Anne, the former school owner’s daughter. Complaining to the headmistress about this problem, Lizzie relents and accepts the new living arrangements when the headmistress offers her the opportunity to be the managing editor of the student newspaper, a job that Lizzie has been lusting after. Still more changes are happening at Jasta though, and now Lizzie is on a quest to find out who the new owners are and to talk to them, and to stop the proposed name change of the school. What she doesn’t realise is how this crusade of hers will affect her relationship with her best friend Ellie, and her feelings towards the gorgeous Dante, one of the new students at the school who seems to be hiding some secrets of his own. This book is a modern retelling of ‘Pride and prejudice ‘. Unfortunately though I haven’t read pride and prejudice yet so I’m not sure how alike the two books are! Irregardless of this I enjoyed this book. The main character Lizzie was ridiculously headstrong at times, and made some poor decisions too, but a lot of this was in her quest to become a journalist, so I have to let her off on that one. If she hadn’t of made the decisions she did she probably wouldn’t have been much of a journalist. The story was paced nicely and well written, and held my attention all the way through. The characters were genuine, and although the storyline did seem to be a bit predictable in places it didn’t spoil it for me. Both fortunately and unfortunately, although we got some answers at the end of this book, the story wasn’t really finished. Fortunately this means that there must be another book to come, but unfortunately it means that we have to wait to find out the rest of Lizzie’s story! Overall – an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to the next one! 7.5 out of 10
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable retelling of a classic! I enjoyed this book a lot. I read it every free chance I had. This book is a fresh take on the wonderful classic, Pride & Prejudice. It was a quick read that made me laugh, made me anxious to see what would happen next and see how things would work out. I could definitely see the parallels between the two books and I can honestly say that I felt the anxious question throughout while reading this book as I did while reading Pride & Prejudice: Will Lizzie (Elizabeth Bennett) and Dante (Mr. Darcy) really end up together? Or will their pride and perceptions of each other get in the way? Lizzie is a smart and ambitious junior at Jane Austen Academy ready to room with her best friend, Ellie. Lizzie is a great play on Elizabeth Bennett. Both smart, witty, and quick to jump to conclusions before she finds out all of the facts. When the room assignments are switched, I was surprised that Lizzie took another path. When I read this first part of the book, I kept wondering why Lizzie would walk away from her best friend. And as the book progressed, I wondered why Ellie and Emma became so close. (I am anxious to see if this explored in later sequels!) And I kept wanting to tell Lizzie that she brought the anger she felt upon herself. I enjoyed the plot of this book...the new ownership of Jane Austen Academy and the renaming of their beloved, once all girl school. What I didn't quite get was why Lizzie was worried that Dante was going to take her one admittance to Georgetown University...isn't she a junior? Doesn't she have another year before she has to worry about that? I guess that just helped fuel her prejudice against Dante. I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Gray! (I can't wait to read the rest of this series!) Would I recommend it: If you love young adult books and Jane Austen retellings, then you should definitely read this book! Will I read it again: I probably won't. It was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will read the other books in the series, but I don't know that I will read this one again.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite The Jane Austin Academy is a private girls school attended mostly by the "privileged" set, but junior Lizzie is one of the fortunate middle class members of the student body. She realizes that her presence at this prestigious school is mainly to keep her out of hr parents' way, but that is okay with her. Jane Austin is her private haven and personal passion. So, when Lizzie arrives on campus for her third year to discover that the school has been sold and is now accepting BOYS, she embarks on a crusade to save the integrity of Jane Austin Academy. To do this Lizzie must sacrifice her dream of rooming with her best friend in order to obtain the status of editor in chief of the school newspaper. Her new roomie is none other than the campus snob and direct descendant of the founder of Jane Austin Academy. Jealousy takes over Lizzie's thoughts as she watches Ellie (her "bestie" since pre-school) bond with her new living partner Emma...they even cutely become labeled the BondEs! Add to that the fact that Lizzie has become fascinated with the enemy (gorgeous, mysterious Dante) and disaster becomes imminent. Oh, and Dante's goal is to obtain the sole scholarship position to Georgetown that Lizzie has dreamed about all her life. Can anything else happen to ruin Lizzie's life? "Fall For You" is exactly the type of book that I would recommend to my daughter, to my students, or to my mother! I love the freshness of the story and the absence of foul language or lurid details that so many YA authors deem necessary in today's genre. Because this is the first in a planned series I can visualize a cult following, much like the Nancy Drew of old or Pretty Little Liars of now. I loved this book and am anxiously awaiting the second installment in the 'Jane Austin Academy' series! Bravo!
PreppyBookQueen More than 1 year ago
I'm always intrigued when I learn about a Jane Austen retelling, especially if it happens to be Pride and Prejudice since that's my favorite book by her, and sad to say, it's also the only one I've read up till now. I'm always even more excited when I find a young adult Pride and Prejudice retelling, and not only is Fall for You exactly this, but it's the first book in the Jane Austen Academy series, a six book series that each of which is a retelling from one of Jane Austen's beloved stories. I was both excited and nervous to pick this one up, as I've not always had the greatest luck with modernized Jane Austen retellings, but I went into it with open mind, and for the most part I was pleasantly surprised. Fall for You focuses around our main character Lizzie, who attends an elite boarding school in California called The Jane Austen Academy, a school that's historically always been an all girls boarding school. However, that's all about to change this year as new owner's have taken over the school, and one of the first of many changes their bringing about is adding male students to the population. Lizze is not a fan of this drastic change, not because of the boy's so much themselves, but because she can't stand to see eveyrthing changing and falling apart at her beloved academy. She sets out on a mission to use her journalistic background to find out who the new owner's of her beloved academy and to expose their plans for changing the academy's structure. Her mission doesn't go as planned however when she ends up inadvertently involving one of the boys, Dante, into the mix. Lizzie is turned off by Dante's ego, his selfish personality, and the way he tries to control his little sister's life. It was exactly guys like him that had Lizzie hesitant about boys being added to the school roster in the first place, and she can't see herself ever growing to accept this new change, especially as new details about him end up coming to light. Fall for You was a lighthearted, easy read that I swept through in one sitting. I enjoyed it's humorous moments, it's setting of an academy named after the famous literary star, and the way that it stays true to Austen's beloved original characters and story. This actually would have been on its way to being a four or five star read for me if there had just been a little bit more to it. I loved what I did read, but just when everything was starting to really get going, and the reader was finally seeing more of Dante's personality and story, it quickly ended. It felt more like a novella than an actual novel, and as a result, there wasn't enough time to truly connect to any of the characters, especially that of Dante. The writing was spot on, the developing romance was adorable with its Pride and Prejudice vibes, and it was going in such a great direction that the ending was massively disappointing. I'm hoping it ended the way it did because more of the story will be revealed in the following novels, otherwise it will definitely feel like the reader is missing out on a lot of the story itself. Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ I enjoyed it, I will undoubtedly be recommending it to other Jane Austen fans, I just wish there had been a little bit more to the story. I'll look forward to continuing on with the next novel of the series, especially since the reader was already given a glimpse into a few of the others girls that will be featured as protagonists in some of the other stories.
jewels74 More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the Jane Austen Academy series which chronicles a group of girls attending the prestigious Jane Austen Academy in California. The Academy has recently gone through a few significant changes: it’s under new ownership (a mysterious unknown) and the once all-girls-school has now doubled its student body and admits (heaven forbid) BOYS! Lizzie is none-to-thrilled by the drastic changes taking place at her beloved Academy and is determined to find out who the new owners are and to put a stop to future changes such as changing the name of the school. As Lizzie starts the new school year she faces obstacles and challenges not only as she tries to expose the intentions of the new owners, but also as she tries to navigate the social waters of the new demographics at the academy. Dante is the tall, handsome, brooding type who has the audacity to sit in Lizzie’s seat. Of course she notices him – and of course she can’t stand him. But, why is he the one who offers to help Lizzie find out who the new owners of the academy are? Why do Lizzie’s thoughts and feelings betray her – she doesn’t like Dante! What a fun and enjoyable read this turned out to be! It’s fun, light-hearted, and a quick read. Just enough mystery and sweet romance were thrown in to make things interesting. I love that it’s loosely based on our beloved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I think Ms. Gray found a winning recipe here for a series: re-telling classic Austen stories in a modern-day boarding school setting. If you want a quick and delightfully fun read – I would definitely recommend Fall for You! Source: received a copy for my honest review.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Fall For You was a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that had its own unique plot. It didn't just follow the plot of Pride and Prejudice, but Cecilia Gray added her own spices to make it her own. I have read way too many Pride and Prejudice retellings, and half of them I have dropped, so I am quite picky in regards to P&P retellings. However for the most part I enjoyed Fall For You. Fall For You felt more like a middle grade title than a young adult one. First of, the story is less than 150 pages, so barely anything happens, and nothing is truly resolved in the end. Don't get me wrong, its impossible to resolve everything in only 150 pages, which is why there is a sequel, but I just felt it was a bit too simplistic to my liking; I don't really read MG titles. However, I enjoyed how the protagonist went after what she wanted, even if in the beginning she had to step on a few people, including her and her best friend's friendship, however at the end of the book, she redeems herself, and character growth is what I look at most in these contemporaries. Fall For You is a great introduction to the Jane Austen Academy series and I hope that the next books in the series contain more complications and have more things at stake.
InsightfulMindsReviews More than 1 year ago
Okay, two things caught my eye and made me sign up for the blog tour with this book. 1. I LOVE me some Jane Austin 2. The phrase - <em>A Modern Retelling of Pride &amp; Prejudice</em> Well <strong>YES</strong> please! Really, who can turn those two things down? So naturally, I jumped at this with HIGH expectations of this book. While the story was freaking adorable and I totally saw where the author was coming from with some things, other things just felt.. off to me, making the book fall just a little bot short for me. I am pretty sure I can blame that more on myself, simply because I set myself up with those high standards with this book! On one hand you have Lizzie. Headstrong, determined and out to get things accomplished. My kind of girl! She knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to go after it. Facing the new owners and the new lady running the school this year, NO PROBLEM! Despite the good things that come her way this year at school, she faced with more problems than she anticipated. Between the roommate situation, <em>BOYS</em> being allowed in a once <strong>ALL GIRL</strong> school, the distance looming between her and her best friend, Ellie, and trying to get proof of the new owners so they can be convinced that these changes are horrible, it's amazing this girl has time for anything at all! On the other hand you have Dante. Here is a man of mystery if I have ever seen one and a hot and cold attitude to match. To say that him and Lizzie are opposites is an <em>understatement</em> . He goes through phases where he likes her, he seems to not be able to stand her, and then his entire being softens and he changes into a totally different person. I swear I would have whiplash if I were Lizzie! Alas, he is hiding something, a BIG something that will pretty much make or break and relationship that is in store for him and Lizzie. Here is what threw me, the relationship itself. First they hate each other, then they are on speaking terms, then bad things happen and then BAM - they are together. It was like &quot;<em>oh wow, that just did NOT fit</em> .&quot; Of course, I know other people who just LOVED this, so it may have just been me that it didn't work for lol. The only other issue I have with this story is that it was so short. I so wanted it to be longer. I felt that since it was short, that some parts of it were rushed. Things that should have been touched on more, weren't and everything was just kind of laid out in the last few chapters. One thing I will say though, is that this doesn't stop be from reading the next book in this series, simply because I want to know more about Ellie. I will also say that I HOPE Cecilia writes a book about Anne! She intrigues me on so many levels, as does Dante's sister. Speaking of them, the side characters in this book are just as awesome as the main ones. They bring dimension to the story that gives you better insight to Lizzie and Dante.
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
Fall For You: A Modern Retailing of Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen Academy, Book #1) by Cecilia Gray Rating: 3.5 Review on behalf of AToMR Book Blog Tours Genre:Young Adult | Contemporary Romance To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He&rsquo;s a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She&rsquo;s a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It&rsquo;s obvious that Dante thinks he&rsquo;s way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons. But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie&rsquo;s quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets&hellip; Secrets Lizzie can&rsquo;t seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries&hellip; Lizzie Egmont is determined to become the first Junior in Jane Austen Academy history to become the school's newspaper Managing Editor--even if it means reneging on a roommate promise with her best friend, Ellie Dvorak, as well as &quot;[ruffling] some feathers&quot; among the new school administration along the way. Yet, as promising as this year is for Lizzie's journalism career, the current enrollment of a male student body into a once all female academy and the new unpleasant/high-fashioned headmaster, Katherine Berg (a.k.a. Bergie) really makes Lizzie's blood boil. And, as much as she would like to admit that the impressive male population at Jane Auction Academy does not damper her spirits in achieving her Ivy League acceptance spot into Georgetown, a &quot;mussy brown [haired]&quot; boy, name Dante Braxton, does begin to cast a shadow on Lizzie's long-term goals. Now, Lizzie is on a mission to expose the new proprietor in the first switch of ownership since 1873 and challenge their corrupt decision to change the school's name and tradition -- in Lizzie's term &quot;the new administration's evil plans to destroy her beloved Academy.&quot; But, at what costs will her determination to closely follow the school's motto (&quot;We Will Be Heard&quot;) by printing her findings as a feature in the Gazette effect her (and those close to her) future at Jane Austen Academy? This series is a great hodgepodge of Jane Austen's beloved characters, for the reader is treated to a retelling of Austen's well-known characters as modern teenagers attending the same high school. Overall, it is quite enjoyable to witness how well their original tales become entangled in the current setting and to see all their blended interactions/struggles. I was most excited about the characters from my favorite Austen book Persuasion--the sweet-tempted Anne Escober, whose family just recently lost the Jane Austen Academy to new owners and Rick Wright, who has just transferred from the Naval academy and shares a secretive past with Anne. Then you have the chic, knows-everything-about-everybody Emma and nice, puppy-eyed Edward (from Emma). The blonde, Cali-girl Ellie Dvorak (from Sense &amp; Sensibility) plays a prominent role as Lizzie's best bud. Lastly, if you are a fan of the Pride and Prejudice novel, you will recognize fellow characters like Josh Wickham and Georgiana throughout Fall For You--and some of their secrets might catch you by surprise! All in all, be prepared for lots of teenage angst, sweet budding romance, and some self-centered (i.e. prideful) characteristics. But, if you enjoy modern classical stories, are an Austen enthusiast, and have a passion for the young-adult genre--you will find the Jane Austen Academy series to be a refreshing read! Likes: Personally, I am a fan of classical remakes and found this book to have a very interesting and unique concept. I am even tempted to check out Anne and Rick's story in the series! Dislikes: Lizzie could occasionally come off as fair or polite (ex. toward her newspaper staff) but mostly all her good traits were overshadowed by her dogmatic/unwavering actions and her dramatic egotistical mannerisms...almost annoyingly so! Sadly, she was not a very likable character for me and I did no find myself warming up to her tough outer shell throughout much of the book either. Basically, she was just too over the top for my taste! Chapter One/Paragraph One: &quot;Lizzie dragged her red suitcase behind her as she weaved through the crowded hallway searching for Ellie in the chaos that was the first day back in California at Jane Austen Academy. Or Jasta --rhymes with pasta-- as she and her friends affectionately called it, although affection had not been the sentiment of the day.&quot; Favorite { Scene, Character or Setting }: Scene &quot;Want to play a game to make the ride go faster?&quot; Edward asked. &quot;Yes!&quot; Lizzie sat straight in her seat. &quot;How about Truth or Dare?&quot; &quot;Um, I was thinking more like Twenty Questions...or I Spy....&quot; &quot;I'll go first,&quot; Lizzie said. &quot;Dare.&quot; &quot;Um...&quot; Edward's eyes darted around nervously. &quot;I dare you to stick your head out the window?&quot; &quot;No! I don't want to, which means we're back to truth, and I get to ask you a question.&quot; &quot;I don't think that's how--&quot; &quot;Why is Rick avoiding Anne?&quot; Edward glanced around nervously. &quot;Are you sure this is how the game works?&quot; &quot;Don't be a sore loser, Edward,&quot; Lizzie pushed on. &quot;I asked a question, now you have to answer it. Those are the rules. Why is Rick avoiding Anne? And don't pretend you don't know what I'm taking about.&quot; &quot;I wouldn't say he's avoiding her.&quot; &quot;Don't make me break out a thesaurus, Edward.&quot;
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
This was a really entertaining read. It was hilarious to see the behind the scenes of what happens when an all-girl school suddenly accepts boys. Most of the girls love the new additions, but Lizzie isn't excited about the additional academic competition. She had dreams and goals and didn't want boys to get in the way. I was confused at first trying to figure out how all the additional characters fit into a Pride and Prejudice retelling then I realized there were other Jane Austen characters present. Some were from Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. That made the read all the more fun for me since I've read and loved all of Jane Austen's books. The romance was fun and at times sweet. Overall the book felt a bit rushed, probably because it was such a short read. I wanted more details of Lizzie's background. I wanted so much more when the read was over so I'm really looking forward to reading the next book coming out this month! CONTENT RATINGS Sexual: mild Language: 2 mild words Violence: none
Anne3 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm a true Austen fan. More precisely a Pride and Prejudice fan. I read many, many variations, twists, modernisation, sequels&hellip; This is the first modernisation I felt was true to the story and the characters. I enjoyed making links with the original piece. It is a good mixt between a classic and a teen novel without being to &ldquo;teenish&rdquo;. Teen and adult can enjoy this. It is really well written and has a flow. I would absolutely read more of The Jane Austen Academy serie.
JanAbn More than 1 year ago
Great read! Good for any age. Looking for more writings from Cecilia Gray!