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The Jane Journals at Pemberley Prep: I Loathe You, Liam Darcy based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Life can be tough, especially at Pemberly Prep. Things start to change though as one English class starts a special writing assignment. By writing journal entries and letters, the girls began to mark all the major (and sometimes minor) things that happen in their lives. There are dances and dresses and boys to deal with among other things. For some girls there will be drama and for some there will be heartache, and all of it will get recorded in the written pages of these girls. I loved the idea of a modern retelling of Jane Austen, and this book did not disappoint. I love throwing all the different characters and plots together. It made for some interesting takes on the stories that you wouldn't see otherwise. Also, I love love love the diversity! It was beautiful to see so many people represented in great ways. It made the whole school feel more real to me. I also like the way it was written as if by the girls. The author did a great job of giving each one a distinctive voice when telling their part of the story. Most of the characters I knew right away, but I haven't read all the Austen novels so I was a bit off on a few. Just an excuse to go watch some movies and mini-series! This book was so fun to read. You wouldn't have to be familiar with Jane Austen to enjoy it, and it might possibly make you want to read the original tales to see the connections. It was a lot of fun to see so many familiar scenarios play themselves out in new and different ways. I thought this was a great book, and it would make for an awesome summer read. Book provided for review.
I've read books before that are solely in letter format, but I haven't read one that is in journal format and written by several different characters. I was also expecting each installment in the series to be about a different Jane Austen novel, so I was confused at first when I couldn't figure out how characters fit into Pride and Prejudice, which is what I thought Book 1 was about. Once I realized that yes, indeed, all the characters from all of her novels are in one story, I was able to sit back and enjoy it. Anne Elliot (of Persuasion) is an English teacher at Pemberley Prep and assigns her girls to write in a journal for school. We see the views of different events from several perspectives, which is a lot of fun. I love the similarities to the classics, but I also loved the modern spins just as much. There's a private boys' school just down the road and we get glimpses of some of those boys, through the eyes of the girls. There are a lot of characters to keep straight, especially when there are similar names (like Mary and Mary, Fred and Frank, Elizabeth and Lizzie, Elton and Edmund, etc), but after awhile, I had them down. I think. There is a list of who is who at the end. Some of the characters were very silly or mysterious or fickle or mean, but that's the way Jane Austen wrote them and I felt they were true to who they were supposed to be. This is a fun, light-hearted spin-off and I enjoyed it very much. Content: Nothing of note. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*