In California’s central valley, five women and
one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get
together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become
suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior
and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has
never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious
dissection of modern relationships.
Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing
the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply
enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two
great writers of brilliant social comedy.
This is not
really YA, but I decided to review it anyway. I have been listening to lots of
audiobooks recently and have been working my way through my mother’s Audible
library. It has given me the opportunity to try more genres and has made me step
out of my YA comfort zone. And I dare say I have really enjoyed it. I still
love YA best, but I now feel more open to trying different kinds of books. I challenge
all of you to have a rummage through the book collection of a loved one! You
might just find a new favourite that you would never have thought of trying
Back to the
review. As the synopsis states this book focuses on a group of six people. Six
very different and mismatched people, I might add. They have very little in
common, except for a love of Austen. Each of these six characters represent one
of the six Austen novels (Pride and
Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abby, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion). It is much easier to pick
up on these hints if you are familiar with the originals. I have only read four
of Austen’s novels, but this book has made me eager to read them all. You can
of course read this book if you have never read a word Jane Austen has written
in your whole life, but a fan of Austen can enjoy this book on a whole different
itself is very sweet and quirky, if somewhat mellow. There are funny parts, but
I would not call it gripping. I would define it as a light read. My favourite
part of the storytelling is that it is narrated by the We of the whole book
circle. The story alternates focus between the six characters, but there is
always comments from the We interspersed. I don’t think I have ever read a book
with this kind of narrative technique, and I found it very interesting.
Literary wise, this book cannot claim to be on par with any of the Austen
novels, and it ought not to be compared to them. It was, however, a very
enjoyable read. It is actually kind of Jane Austen fanfiction, if you think
about it. If you like any of Jane Austen’s novels or if you are looking for a
pleasant, light-hearted read to curl up with this winter, this could be the
book for you.
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Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth - Book Review
Four short stories and three bonus scenes all put together to give us more Four - what more could you want?
This companion collection to the Divergent series gives more insight to Four and his heartbreaking upbringing. His childhood really was dark. The stories follow Four has he abandons Abnegation and his abusive father for Dauntless. We get to see Four through his initiation and how he became how he is when Tris first meets him.
It was great to see more of Four’s background, especially him in Dauntless before Divergent, and scenes from the first book told in his POV. You really get to understand why he acts the way he does and solidifies why we loved him in the trilogy.
You can see my thoughts on each of the short stories from my Goodreads updates below:
This was a great companion to the series and must for all Divergent stans.