Pride & Popularity (The Jane Austen Diaries, #1)
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Pride & Popularity (The Jane Austen Diaries #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,107 ratings  ·  508 reviews
If you are hoping to find a YA book full of paranormal beasts, sex, or teens who act much more like under-aged adults, I suggest you save your money and do not buy this book. In fact don't buy any of The Jane Austen Diaries. However, if you are looking for a clean, lighthearted, sweet romance, where teens are good and happy and normal--like all of...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 13th 2011 by Inkberry Press/Brigham Distributing (first published May 7th 2011)
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I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

Let me start out by saying that I absolutely hated this book.

I am eighteen years old, so I assumed that since I am a "young adult" that this book should have been directed to girls who are at/around the same level of maturity as I am. I was wrong.

"Pride and Popularity" by Jenni James claims to be a more realistic portrayal of teenagers today. I have yet to find anyone over the age of 13 who would be willing to play a game of "Oink Piggy Oink"...more
Feb 14, 2012 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya-lit
I don't think it's possible to fully express how much I disliked this book. In fact, if goodreads would let me, I'd give it a half star or less.

The writing is juvenile, filled with telling instead of showing. James often has her narrator, Chloe, spell out subtext for the reader with annoying, italicized thoughts. Not to mention her vocabulary is on the same level as the average ten year old. On discovering something negative about the "Darcy" character, she thinks to herself, Taylor Anderson is...more
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When I finished this on Goodreads, a GR friend asked me "Have you no shame?" and I just want to state for the record: no, I do not. I will pick up every damn thingwith "Pride and _________" or "___________ and Prejudice" in it...Nor do I regret that, because sometimes they turn out to be worth it. This was actually really enjoyable, though certainly aimed at a particular segment of the reading public.

It started out really rocky for me, actually, because it just felt like James was getting the ch...more
Honestly, this sucks. I do not understand how this book has an average rating of 4.08 stars.

-There is no character development.
-Elizabeth's (I only remember her second name, that's how boring it was) moodswings gave me whiplash.
-Just because Taylor does some nice things (she knows of) suddenly she doesn't hate him anymore and even loves him while she actually doesn't even really know him. (he said so himself, but after a couple of days, if that, she was already talking about knowing him like...more
This was such a fun retelling of Pride & Prejudice. The story takes place in a modern-day high school, with Chloe and Taylor as our leads. Chloe was really likable. I really liked her personality and thought she was fun to read about. I'm glad she didn't fall all over Taylor like literally every other girl. He really had to earn it. =) Taylor was also likable, we're able to see his charming side, but also his sincere side as well. I had to give the book five stars simply because I caught mys...more
Amanda Washington
Pride and Popularity is a delightful romantic comedy that will tug on the heartstrings of all ladies—regardless of their age. Jaded against the popular crowd, Chloe Heart evades, dodges and eludes high school heartthrob Taylor Anderson in this updated retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The fast-paced storyline will draw you in while the characters enchant you and charm your socks off. If you’re looking for a refreshing reminder of how young, innocent love can break through even the...more
Juliet Queen of Asgard
A GREAT summer read!

I was laying in my bed, bored to death, when I saw I had this book and just thought, why not?
The minute I started reading I fell in love with Taylor and was able to identify myself with Chloe. It's such an easy-going read, I finished the book in an afternoon. I couldn't bring myself to let it go.

Maybe it is because I LOVE high school drama, but Pride & Popularity made my day. It exasperated me and at the same time kind of melted me with all the romance and cuteness from...more
Inspired Kathy
This books was fun. I love Jane Austen and I love clean young adult fiction so this was a perfect mix for me. Pride & Popularity was completely predictable but that didn't keep me from enjoying every minute of it. It's a cute story that retells Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in a modern day setting.

If you read for enjoyment you'll likely be taken with this book. If you read with a more critical eye there are a few things that might detract you from the story. Since I am one who reads pure...more
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With as many young adult books as I read there are very few I would definitely recommend to my daughters and friends as completely worth the time and purchase. But Pride and Popularity is one I can whole heartedly stand behind. Jenni James takes Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice into the 21st century and adapts it to teens. I found myself totally immersed and grinning ear to ear at the end.

Chloe has been burned by the popular crowd at her old school...more
Jane Austen’s books have been rewritten countless times, but not like this. Gone are the complicated courtship rituals and subtleties of old English society, but that hardly means there aren’t any similarities between then and now.

Pride and Popularity drops you right into the middle of the modern teenage life filled the same problems Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy faced in their day, just funnier. Chloe Hart is determined not to fall for the superstar of her hometown because she’s positive she...more
2.5 stars. I found it hard to like the characters.

Taylor - that guy who thinks he God's gift to the female population, winks at random girls, and appreciates a fan club. Okay. Stop right there. He's.....Darcy? God, no.

Introducing Chloe - who is watching Taylor (and is supposedly unimpressed) , doesnt give sh*t about the smarmy boy. Then winks at her. She falls for him. Did that just happen in....5 minutes?

In her own words -

How in the world did I, for two seconds, fall for his
charm? Of course he...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
It always amazes me when I read a lot of good reviews and high ratings, and then I rate the same book like this. I think it is a terrible retelling of P&P. I even couldn't stop thinking while I was reading it 'Mmmm I could be reading the last book of The Ghost and the Goth' (which I am going to do now).

To me the book is like a fanfic. The writing is amateur-ish, the behavior of characters is so forced; it does not look real or flowing. Even the cover looks fanfic.

Chloe... my God, what an obn...more
Worst YA P&P adaptation yet. Was going to give it a 2, but when "Darcy" gave "Elizabeth" a bible charm at the end b/c she loves church (not once before this was church or bible mentioned), I just got angry at the apparent propaganda. Characters were immature (yeah, YA, but still...) and "Darcy" didn't live up to his namesake. This "Darcy" didn't even learn to love the "heroine," he loved her from the start! Argh. This might have been OK if this were not a P&P story.

I hated this book so...more
Valerie Waters
Ahhhh. I've waited so long to read this book and it did not disappoint!!!! LOVED it!!
Paula  Phillips
Do you always find it interesting when you read other people's reviews on books ? Especially if it is a book that you enjoyed ? For me, whenever I review a book, I always like to check out the one-two star reviews on Goodreads as I sometimes can't believe that people waste all that time to write a negative review.
I will admit as soon as I read the Jane Austen part and that it was a modern rendition of one of her tales, I was immediately hooked and knew I just had to read it. I Paula Phillips am...more
Nov 15, 2012 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls. And any guy who's looking for tips on how to sweep a girl off her feet.
It's not very often that I sit down with a book and not move from my spot until I've read the book cover to cover. But that's what I did with this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Despite knowing the whole story before I even opened the book, I still felt Chloe's indignation at Taylor's egocentricity, her anger at his ability to constantly get under his skin. And even though I knew there was more to him than meets the eye, I couldn't help but hate him along with Chloe, adding my own nonverbal "...more
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
This was a terribly written novel. Since I already had it, I picked it up five times with the intent to finish it and found that I couldn't. The writing is terrible, the characters are silly, and the dialogue is atrocious. I have read some terrible books before, but this was easily the worst.

Basically, the characters (whose middle names are Darcy and Elizabeth) met when Elizabeth first moves to a new town in the eighth grade. Somehow, she is already on best friend status with the other two femal...more
Kathryn  Cooper
I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book for review. When it came in the mail yesterday I paused the book I had been reading to start this immediately. Once my kids were in bed at 7:30 last night I started reading Pride and Popularity and couldn't put it down! I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to finish. I've never been happier to lose sleep. I was still happy this morning. You can't help but be happy when reading this feel good book. Thank you Jenni for the fun night!

I know I...more
Katie Watkins
I love Pride and Prejudice and find myself reading many spin-offs, and enjoying most of them. This one was soooo cute--a definite must read for YA/P&P fans. Jenni James took the story and completely molded it to a 21st century fit.

Chloe Hart is apparently the only girl immune to Taylor Anderson's charms. He is almost a local celebrity at the high school and Chloe has a thing against popularity. He was almost mean at times, yet so utterly adorable.

I love how the story was completely adapted...more
Oh wow, wow, wow, wow! I loved Pride And Prejudice but this modern day twist on it just made me love it even more. It was only about half way through the book that I started to make the connections between who each character was representing and all of the scenarios, but it was soooooo perfect, so clever, so funny and romantic.
This book was awesome. I've never wanted to read any of Jane Austen's books before, but after I read this book and most of the others in the series, I want to read the original works. Pride and Popularity opened my eyes to the wonders of Austen's books. I look forward to more novels from this fantastic author.
It was a great modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I loved reading it and was sad when it was over. I look forward to more in this series.
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Georgiana 1792
Duecento anni dopo, in New Mexico...

Taylor Anderson è il ragazzo più popolare della scuola. Persino al secondo anno di liceo tutte le ragazzine gli sbavano dietro dato che è bellissimo, ricchissimo e un asso della pallacanestro. L'unica che non è disposta a far parte del suo fanclub è Chloe Elizabeth Hart, più che altro per spirito di contraddizione. La ragazza, infatti, non è disposta a uniformarsi al desiderio di popolarità che, di solito, investe ogni adolescente del mondo. Taylor, però, semb...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Chloe Hart can’t stand Taylor Anderson, the school hottie that seems to have his own fan club. Ever since her encounter with him at a basketball game, she vowed to stay away from him.

Now, she’s in her senior year of high school and is looking forward to a great school year that is until she finds out Taylor has art with her. He’s always finding ways to joke with her, and it bugs her to death.

Her best friends, Madison and Alyssa, claim that he likes her, but his long list of girlfriends and admi...more
Chloe Hart is just an ordinary senior in high school. She's not one of the "Popular" crowd, but she does have plenty of her own friends. Her family is just a little crazy, but whose isn't? I love the character of her mom, she is such an individual! It seems she had asked Chloe's younger sister, Cassidy, to clean her room for 3 weeks, she decided that was long enough and starts to "clean" it herself, using garbage bags for all of the stuff on the floor. Chloe finally has what she's been waiting h...more
Watermelon Daisy
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Ranee Clark
The Point of the Plot:
Chloe Hart knew from the moment she set eyes on Taylor Anderson that he was too popular for his own good. And she's right, of course, especially when she discovers how miserable he's trying to maker her senior year. But could Taylor's behavior possibly be because he likes her? Impossible ...

Basically Believable: ****
Four stars because Jenni is right on with teen behavior. She makes the misunderstandings of regency Jane Austen fit perfectly in high school. My OCD, nit-pickin...more
Pride & Popularity was a really great fast read with a very familiar theme. This is a modern version of Jane Austen's amazing book Pride and Prejudice. Which let me just say I personally love this plot and theme and will always read a book about it just to see how they changed it up. So we meet Chloe (Elizabeth) Hart who absolutely cannot stand the very popular Taylor (Darcy) Anderson, but he can't help but flirt with her and make her wonder about him. She had just moved from a different tow...more
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