Monday, May 11, 2009

Review -- Austenland

Austenland
by Shannon Hale
Published by
192 pages

Summary: Jane is so obsessed with Pride and Prejudice that when her great aunt leaves her a vacation to Austenland, a posh Jane Austen inspired vacation spot, she decides to go. Throughout her three weeks there, she throws herself into the role playing -- wearing the empire waist dresses, dancing at balls, and flirting with noblemen and gardeners alike.

Review: A short and light read, Austenland is the perfect pick me up for a Jane Austen fan. The main character is brave and funny as she tries to get over her Pride and Prejudice fantasies by literally living through them. I felt the end was a little too predictable but fit well with the scope of the story. Overall, there were some really humorous scenes and crazy characters that made me laugh out loud and not want to put the book down. Rating: *** out of 5

9 comments:

Alexia said...

I loved this book!

Andrea said...

I like Austenland but got a little tired of it at the end.

Forgetful Librarian said...

I haven't read this one, but will check it out on your recommendation.

Jo said...

Ohh, I love Jane Austen's stories when they're on the screen, but I can't really get past the language in the books. But this just sounds too cool! I love the idea of modern women playing some sort of Austen like role in modern day. Sounds awesome!

Amanda said...

I was hoping to like this one but it really disappointed me. Ah well. :(

Scattie said...

I have been wanting to read this for a while, I think I will see whether they have it in my local Library! Thank you for the review.
Hugs, beth

Nely said...

Great review. I haven't had the opportunity to read this one yet but I have wanted to for a while now..

RYC: I should have a review for Dead and Gone up some time this week and you are welcome to linking it to your review.

♥ Nely

Dar said...

I've wondered many times about this one. Looks like I'll have to pick it up at some point. I'm glad you liked it.

JoAnn said...

This book was so much fun! My daughter loved it, too.