Suddenly You

Suddenly You

by Cecilia Gray

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ISBN-13: 9781938268106
Publisher: Gray Life, LLC
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(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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Suddenly You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Suddenly You is book four in The Jane Asten Academy series, but the stories can be discovered out of order and up till now I have read books 3, 5 and 4. Each installment is a contained retelling of a novel by Jane Austen and Suddenly You revises what it perhaps Jane Austen's least loved work, Mansfield Park. I was never a fan of Jane Austen at college and I have only read Emma and half of Pride and Prejudice. For me Cecilia Gray's novels have been an approachable way to encounter the 18th century works. I love the fact that Cecilia Gray has retained Austen's feisty female protagonists in the series and Fanny is already my favourite. As in Mansfield Park Fanny is the 'token' non-caucasian character; she has a lower status than her friends because she attends the Academy on a scholarship, but she is intelligent and witty. This is also the first book in the series in which Fanny and her group of friends openly discuss sex, which is another influence from Mansfield Park, and like Austen's Fanny, Cecilia Gray's version refuses the famous and popular Josh Wickham, instead hoping that her love for the gorgeous but rebellious Tran might be returned. In Suddenly You the group of girls again prove the strength of their friendship and love for the school and we are swept along in the romantic and personal drama. This is an excellent series and has made me consider reading some of Jane Austen's books again. Definitely one to recommend I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
jewels74 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Suddenly You.  This time we get to read about Fanny, the quiet, introverted Asian-American track star. When Fanny first came to the Jane Austen Academy she was NOT happy to be there. Her mom basically forced her to attend because she had a scholarship & it would help ease the financial burdens of being a single mom to a young woman with dreams of Olympic gold. But, Fanny wanted to attend a school with a premier track program in order to pursue her life-long dream, and Jasta did NOT fit that bill. In her third year at the Academy, Fanny begins to come out of her shell. She has always kept to herself and been completely single-minded in her pursuit of her Olympic dream. But as things have begun to change around her, Fanny finds that she doesn’t have to pursue her dreams alone. She finds that not only does she have a wonderful group of girlfriends, but there are a few guys that are important in her life too. Guys that become great friends and one guy who is just might be more important than a gold medal. I think this is my favorite book in the series so far. I loved getting to know Fanny – she is such a great character. She really goes through a process of self-actualization that brings an added depth to this book. The other girls grow and change in the previous books also – just not quite to the degree that Fanny does. She truly is a different (and better) person at the end of the book than she was at the beginning. I loved how we learn more about Josh and how he grows too. And then there’s Tran! Who wouldn’t fall in love with that boy? Of course, it wrapped up all too quickly, but that’s how it is with these (and Austen’s) books. The book is about the process of getting the couple together, the journey – and it was a great journey!  I look forward to the final books in this series – can’t wait to find out about Anne and Emma, not to mention how they manage to save the Academy (I hope)!Source: received a copy for my honest review.
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Man let me say that Cecilia Gray has done it again. She has crafted a story from Jane Austen and put her own personal spin on it. This is a retelling of Mansfield Park and I have to say that Franny is such a strong character. She knows what she wants and she knows where she is going but what she does not expect to happen does and she handles it well. Fanny does not want to be at the academy but her parents have forced her to be there. So she decides she will bide her time and do whatever it takes to get out of there and get to her goal and her dreams. All she wants to do is get on the Olympic track team and she knows she can do it because she is disciplined and has trained for this day. She has spent her time training and going to school. She has never partied and she does not do distractions like friends and boyfriends but Fanny is in for a great surprise because things are about to change for her and some not in a good way. The Jane Austen academy is in trouble and in order to save it the girls have devised a plan and in order for it to work they need everyone's help. When the ask Franny she is not sure at first but the academy is in trouble so she decides she will help out. Lord only knows that she is about to find out what true friendships are and find out what all the ruckus is about when it comes to boys. She will see for the first time what it means to have true friends and a boy who cares about you. As always Cecilia has done a superb job at writing an old story into a new story but with some kick to it! This is a cute summer must read on the beach while you are sun bathing!