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Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries #3)

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Will he take her back, or fling her aside like she deserves?

Three years ago Amanda made the biggest mistake of her life when she let her friends persuade her to reject the guy she loved. They were convinced he was a loser and wasn't good enough for her.

Now Gregory's back in Farmington . . . taller, stronger, hotter than ever, and worth millions. Those gorgeous girls who sn
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Inkberry Press (first published July 7th 2012)
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Sandy
May 07, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it
A cute, flirty read, but I think it would have had more impact if the characters had been older. It was a bit too teenager-y for me personally, but still a fun take on one of my favorite themes.
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I really enjoyed this one. I’ve always loved Jane Austen’s Persuasionand was really looking forward to reading this retelling. I thought the author did a great job mixing the charm from the original Persuasion into this modern retelling. When Amanda was fifteen she allowed her friend to talk her into breaking up with her boyfriend Greg. Three years later and she still regrets her decision, especially when she learns he has moved back into town. He has changed a lot in the past three years and no ...more
L.
Aug 28, 2012 L. rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
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Minor spoilers

The Cover
I guess the model is pretty with fabulous hair? Is she lying on leaves? In any case, HUGE FACE! DO NOT WANT!

The Story
As you can see on the cover this book is part of The Jane Austen Diaries, in this case it’s a modern retelling of Persuasion with teenaged characters.
4 years ago Amanda rejected the boy she loved because her popular friends thought he was a loser and persuaded her to dump him. Soon thereafter sa
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Mitch
Jul 25, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it
Maybe it's because Persuasion is my second favorite Austen novel after Emma, but I really think Persuaded is better than the first two entries in this series, Pride and Popularity and Northanger Alibi. I'm impressed how once again the characters and story remain true to the spirit of the Austen original, yet at the same time get a refreshingly modern facelift. And there's also an interesting continuity between the books in this series, so I had some fun too pairing up the returning characters in ...more
Valentina
May 09, 2014 Valentina rated it did not like it
Shelves: abysmal
I'm Sorry... what the hell did i just read? I wasn't expecting to be absolutely fricking wowed by this book but seriously what even was that? i was expecting a good young-adult chick flick book. What i got was something that seemed to be written by a freaking twelve year old.

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AmyFlo
May 28, 2013 AmyFlo rated it it was ok
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Samia Ruponti
Nov 11, 2012 Samia Ruponti rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
1.5 stars. well, I would have given it a 1 star, but I managed to finish the book, so .5 more.

the characters were completely flat. frankly, I couldn't even see Greg's attractiveness, except he was sais to be good looking. Amanda was a doormat, and not really that intelligent, it seemed to me.

there was a lot of unconnected and unnecessary scenes. the musical ability was completely unnecessary. I haven't read persuasion so I don't know if the author has specifically included it because it was in
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Shanika AliC
Aug 22, 2012 Shanika AliC rated it did not like it
I've resigned myself to the fact that this series will only be getting worst. I wanted to stab myself in the eyes for the duration of this book. When I started reading i expected a great romance.
The whole premise of this book annoyed me to no end. I hoped that the ending would redeem d whole plot but boy was I wrong :(
I had such high hopes. Can we get a do-over with this book please?
Cathy
Sep 28, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
Okay I can't even start telling you how much I'm loving this series of books. How can you not adore Jane Austen's concepts and with Jenni James recreating them and modernizing them my heart just soars some more. With the ups and the downs and the heartbreaking and oh I'm just feeling very much like a girl in one of Jane Austen's books. Which one, I haven't decided yet but I'm feeling it.

We meet Amanda at the beginning of the book where she is still in love with the guy she disappointed three yea
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Avon Bernabe
Aug 11, 2012 Avon Bernabe rated it it was amazing
Ahhh. I love this book. The emotions it put me through.

Guessing. I kept guessing who Amanda will really end up with. There were so many complications along the way. The past. Kylie. The accident. Sean.
The accident was what really made me nervous though. I felt like losing hope that time. Plus that news of Sydney about the wedding.

Two different parents here.
Amanda's parents. How I despised their being conceited and their flinging Amanda's needs aside. I am not a fan of parents with favoritism
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Katie W
Nov 08, 2012 Katie W rated it it was amazing
I love this Jane Austen series!!! The modern re-telling of Persuasion was so much fun to read. The characters are great, as well as the twists. The only thing for me is I was trying to figure out how these characters fit in with the characters from the previous two novels--and they did!

Amanda went along with what her friends wanted her to do three years early and broke her crush's heart. Gregory moved away, but when his family moves back to town and buys Amanda's house (they had to sell, due to
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Laura
Sep 24, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love finding a captivating, clean, contemporary romance like this one! Persuaded is a sweet story of pain, forgiveness and enduring love. The premise sucked me right in! I will definitely be going back and starting with Jenni James' Jane Austen Diaries #1, Pride and Popularity!
Valerie Waters
Jan 13, 2014 Valerie Waters rated it it was amazing
Poor Amanda!!!! She was surrounded by horrible horrible people! And she was treated so awfully! Greg was pretty great but I thought it was weird that he was willing to date this girls that treated him like crap before he was "so totally hot"
Cheryl
Oct 18, 2012 Cheryl rated it did not like it
Three years ago Amanda was a cheerleader and friends with Gregory, though she wanted to be more. When he finally asked her to be his girlfriend, she let her friends influence her and she turned him down, breaking his heart. Unbeknownst to either of them, he was going to be moving the next day (yes, a little hard to believe), and she never saw him again.

Fast forward three years and Gregory’s family has moved back to town and there’s been a role reversal. Amanda’s family has fallen on hard times a
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Young Adult, Modern Adaptation

TIME FRAME: Present-day

MAIN CHARACTERS: Amanda Ellis, Gregory Wentworth, Kylie Russell, Sydney Ellis, Collin Farnsworth

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- It's part of a great series! The Jane Austen Diaries started in 201 with the fantastic Pride and Popularity.
- I love modern adaptations of Persuasion...and this one is a YA modern adaptation, something new!

WHAT I LOVED:
- Clever Modernizations and Updates: I thought this modern, YA retellin
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June
Oct 02, 2016 June rated it it was amazing
Wow. Very emotional book! When Gregory returns to town three years after Amanda rejected him, they are both in for some surprises. Some of these characters are so unbelievable. The meanness, the competitive nature of the girls. In the end there are a few good surprises and happy endings. Very well written and I'm looking forward to reading more Jenni James books!!!
Lhara
Aug 10, 2013 Lhara rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5

I'm on a bit of an Austen-inspired kick, having been watching The Lizzie Bennet diaries (which, though flawed, I do love) again.

Persuasion has to be my favourite Austen; I love the tension, angst and that need of wanting to be redeemed. That said, it is quite a hard book to modernise. Things that worked well in the original (Anne giving into her parents' demands not to be with someone they deem unworthy of her/them, Wentworth's letter declaring his love etc) don't translate so
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Emma
Dec 31, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
When I read Persuasion by Jane Austen I couldn't finish it. It was nothing against the writing, I love Jane Austen with all my heart, it was the heroine. I couldn't stand that Anne would leave the person she loved because her so called friends convinced her. I loved Elizabeth's sharp tongue and witty comments in Pride and Prejudice and Marianne's willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve in Sense and Sensibility, but I couldn't find one redeeming quality about Anne. So I put the book down.

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Andrea M.
This copy was provided by Goodreads first reads, (won) thank you!
Persuaded is a cute love story.
Jenni did a good job with building a story that captures readers, and refuses to let go. I found myself immersed in the story—I literally had a hard time not reading it because I was anxious to see what happened at the end.
I have to agree with the synopsis on the back of the book: Amanda did make a mistake. She listened to her friends, and she let them influence her into a decision that she wasn’t
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Julie
Dec 28, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritebooks
Another wonderful story by Jenni James; I absolutely love the Jane Austen Diaries series. All four books out are by far my favorite reads this year. I received Persuaded and Emmalee as a Christmas present and when I got home Christmas evening I started reading Persuaded and didn't put down the book until I finished it in the middle of the night. I love the way Jenni uses the characters and events that Jane Austen did but turns them into a modern situations we can all relate to; like ...more
Heidi-Marie
This series is perfect when one is looking for a fun, fluffy, clean read. Especially if you are like me and enjoy seeing how others adapt Austen into our modern world. James did pretty well with adapting the Persuasion story. I might have been more particular of what she did since Persuasion is my favorite Austen. But she got it--right down to "the letter." (ha ha) I was a bit annoyed to find her change a couple of things from the Farmington world she has created. (Didn't Amanda have a ...more
Sydney Jackson
Jul 29, 2014 Sydney Jackson rated it it was amazing
Yet another amazing rendition of a Jane Austen novel. I am still amazed at how James is able to connect all of her books together and you can see your favorite characters from her other books. Sadly, this is the last one that I am able to get to at the moment. I CANNOT wait to be able to read Mansfield Ranch and Sensible and Sensational.

Why oh why on earth did Amanda let Gregory go? Kylie Russell makes another appearance in this book. Sad, I know. Amanda and Kylie have been friends since they w
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Xinyi Aw
Nov 05, 2012 Xinyi Aw rated it it was amazing
this book is amazing, I finished it in just one seating. This ks my first Jenni James's books and I absolutely love it. Be still my heart was what I have been chanting to myself when I was reading this! I could relate a lot to our main protagonist, Amanda, but of course I could never be as beautiful as her. She is definitely the first person that I have read from a book itself that has inspire me so much. I look up to her. Her change in terms of character development is not as large but overall ...more
Kristen
Jul 31, 2015 Kristen rated it it was amazing
7/29/15 - I love, love, love this one. Love Greg...sigh Love how much Amanda grew in self confidence. I was surprised reading them back to back like I am that Kylie was in this one...I kept thinking, is this the same gal from P&P, yup she is, and still as mean as ever...

11/3/12-
I absolutely LOVED this retelling of Persuasion. Persuasion is one of my favorite movies and I just loved how Ms. James made it into a cute, fun, modern day retelling. I couldn't put it down. Loved the characters. I l
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Amy
Mar 05, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
I feel like 'Northanger Abbey' can pass as silly since the main character is supposed to be silly, but this one, which is supposed to have a more mature romance (even if it is YA), is just painful for a non-YA to read. I think this series may be a good introduction for tweens to the true Jane Austen novels. The characters and story lines will be familiar already. But they are just pretty silly and feel super dumbed-down. The dialogue is one of the things that is so great about Austen novels and ...more
Purcheria
Apr 17, 2013 Purcheria rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Eh...Meh...

I love Jane Austen's Persuasion. So much so that I will read almost any re-telling of it. Which explains why I picked this one up. It wasn't a bad book, just a tad too saccharine for me. I don't know, it just did not do much for me. There are many better versions out there. But I would recommend it to a younger YA crowd to introduce them to Jane Austen in some form.
Gabrielle
May 08, 2013 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
I looved this book I was OBBSESSED it was AMZING I will DEFINETLY retread I loved it so many shockers and I could EXTREMELY relate to Amanda I loved this book oh my gosh I don't think I have ever loved a book this much!!!!!!:0
Kim Larsen
Jun 11, 2014 Kim Larsen rated it liked it
Not the greatest specimen of writing in the world, but if you're in the mood for a brainless romance that you can burn through in an hour or two, this is the book for you. Hot guys and happy endings. What more could a girl ask for at 1:00 in the morning?
Em (The Book Butterfly)
If you are looking for a good Jane Austen retelling that will not have Jane Austen turning over in her grave.......then you are at the right place!!!
Lauren
Jul 12, 2016 Lauren rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lauren by: Moriah
Oh dear.
I believe there is a way to adapt Jane Austen's Persuasion to a contemporary high school setting. I really do. I don't think it was the task that James was trying to complete that was the problem. I've seen the Trojan War (Troy High surprisingly good), Lysistrata (Shut Out highly reccommended), and Shakespeare (This is just an excuse to plug Exit, Pursued by a Bear which is a loose adaptation if ever there was one, but GOLLY GOLLY GOLLY is it good!) adapted amazingly to high school sett
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