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Sometimes love is blind.

Emmalee Bradford thinks she’s an expert at matchmaking, and she won’t rest until all her friends are as happy as she is. Especially Hannah, the girl she’s decided to make popular. Everyone loves Emmalee's advice--everyone, that is, except her annoying neighbor Chase Anderson, who has taken it upon himself to "fix" her.

This modern version of Jane Au
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Inkberry Press
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Jenni James
Nov 22, 2012 Jenni James rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This one is so adorable. I love Chase! Love him! :)
Kathy Jo
Oh my heavens to Betsy Batman!! Where in the world do I start?! Oh! I know... stop reading my review and go buy this book RIGHT NOW!!!! I'm serious... DO IT!!! ;o) Jenni James has knocked it out of the park AGAIN!!

Ok... you bought it?! FANTABULOUS!! Now on to the review!!

Emmalee is a laugh out loud... grab your kleenex... deep sighing kind of a book... the kind of book any girl like me LOVES reading!!

Emma thinks that she is an expert matchmaker and is bound and determined to see all her friend
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Lisa
I loved this series at first but I find myself liking it less and less as time goes on. :( I feel like the writing was rushed and unorganized, like she published her first draft or something. Not nearly as polished as, say, Northanger Alibi. And I am starting to lose track of all the kids and their stories and personalities. Sometimes they are annoying, sometimes wicked, sometimes amazing, just depending on what book they are in. Just too many characters with shifting goals and prerogatives, I f ...more
Kathryn  Cooper
reviewed on Clean Teen Fiction

I have to admit that Emma is not one of my favorite characters in the Jane Austen version, but I loved Emmalee in this book! She was so great. Funny when she didn't even mean to be. Emma had a lot to learn and came across a bit shallow at times, but she really was thoughtful and a loving friend.

And how could you not fall in love with Knightly in the Jane Austen version? Well Chase was just as wonderful in this book, even better. Chase was so charming, cute, though
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Kim
Several months ago I had the opportunity to read Persuaded by Jenni James, a modern YA (young adult) adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I was really impressed with James’ ability to keep the depth of Austen’s works when translating them into the modern world, and make them appealing to the YA crowd. When offered the chance to review her adaptation of Emma, I jumped and said yes! I’ve always found that Emma Woodhouse is a difficult character to relate to. (At least to me) The film Clueless d ...more
Julie
I heart this story! I think Emmalee is my favorite character of all the books so far. She seems to have it all; a rich family with a big house, money to spend on anything she wants but she still lacks one important thing, love. She takes on a project Hannah Smith and thinks she's helping her out by being her friend. Chase Anderson is the guy next door and he's a perfect George Knightly (He's also the older brother to Taylor Anderson from Pride & Popularity). Chatty Claire Hart (we meet in No ...more
Sydney Jackson
Another amazing Jane Austen Diary entry. I completely and totally loved this one. In "Pride and Popularity," I didn't actually like Emmalee, but I enjoyed seeing her grow and change into another person throughout this book. The part I like most, is that James made it gradual enough, that you started to like her more and more as the book went on.

In this book, Emmalee, or Emma, becomes friends with one of the less popular girls, Hannah, and, with some unexpected twists and turns, tries to get Hann
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Madison
This book is basically like Clueless the movie. The same storyline about a popular girl who makes over the awkward girl. She has a guy best friend who loves her and you don't see them get together until the end. She realizes she is not the best at matchmaking or making people happy and she should just leave people alone to live their own lives. She eventually becomes a sort of better person at the end of the book.
I absolutely loved the movie Clueless which is why this book bothered me a little.
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Deborah
I don't think I have any more words to say how much I love the author Jenni James! She just knows how to write a fun, charming story that keeps me turning pages. This was yet another one in her amazing Jane Austen series. I am always on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one to come out! They are just so fun and such a great escape.
Jess Swann
Une nouvelle ré-écriture chick lit de Jenni James et je suis toujours fan ! Elle reprend parfaitement le personnage d'Emma (en tous les cas, tel que je le vois) et le roman réussit sans problème sa transposition "chick-lit". Les grandes étapes de l'histoire de Jane Austen sont respectées et c'est plaisant de voir Miss Bates transformée en Chloé, jeune fille intarissable ! J'aime aussi revoir les personnages que j'avais découvert dans Northanger Alibi & Pride & Popularity ! Idem, on retro ...more
Catherine
This was a cute story that was based on Emma by Jane Austen. It was fun matching up the characters in this book who were similar to the characters in Jane Austen's Emma. My complaint about this book is that it annoys me when high school girls keep talking about being in love. I understand that some people do get married who were high school sweethearts, but that doesn't happen all that often, and I doubt that too many high schoolers actually fall in love. It was usually asked, "Are you in love w ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
For those of you not yet acquainted with The Jane Austen Diaries by Jenni James, it is a series of Jane Austen modern-adaptations for Young Adult audiences. To date, there are five books in this series, but I believe the author has several more planned. In chronological order, The Jane Austen Diaries include: Pride and Popularity, Persuaded, Emmalee, Mansfield Ranch, and Northanger Alibi (even though this one says Book #2, it takes place years later). They are fun and sweet tales that connect wi ...more
WifeMomKnitter
From the book synopsis:

"Sometimes love is blind.

Emmalee Bradford thinks she’s an expert at matchmaking, and she won’t rest until all her friends are as happy as she is. Especially Hannah, the girl she’s decided to make popular. Everyone loves Emmalee's advice--everyone, that is, except her annoying neighbor Chase Anderson, who has taken it upon himself to "fix" her.

This modern version of Jane Austen’s Emma is the hilarious journey of a girl who believes she knows all about love. But when it com
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Heidi
Love the fluff, and especially the cleverness of adapting Austen's works to modern settings. I looked forward to this because aside from "Clueless," not many have tried to adapt "Emma" to our day. I think it was very well done in this book. Emmalee annoyed me just like Emma did--more like frustration where you want to shake sense into them. A stretch on getting some things in there, but that's to be expected since we can't all have Austen lives today.

Loved having Taylor and Chloe in for a much l
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Edjane Stewart
This is the first book in 'The Austen Diaries' series I read. If I was still a teen, this book would have been a favorite. While the story and characters were inspired from Emma, the teens lives seem more similar to a teen TV sitcom: rich, happy and concerned with high-school life.

Nevertheless, this series will certainly entertain tween and teen girls. It uses Jane Austen's books as an inspiration for the modern teen stories, and might even get some teens interested in reading the novels that in
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Roanne Araneta
first of all i must say i love emmalee to bits and pieces i would've given it a five BUT the ending!!! ugh cliffhanger!!!

as expected emmalee is impeccable! i was so eager to read it. i immediately started when i finished friends and foes. very 'austen-tatious' indeed! i love emmalee's house! hahahaha regency style set in the modern era. what a nice touch. and i love emmalee!!! she is so....... FLAILY!!! not as flaily as claire in northanger ablibi though, that was borderline crazy. hahahaha i j
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Shannon
3.5
Since the this book & persuasion were released after northanger alibi, but take place before northanger alibi, I found it hard to love this as much as the first 2 that were released. It was hard to love and become invested in some of the characters, hoping to see what fun takes on the Austen novels that Jenni James planned, when you have already read what happens to some of the characters in Northanger Alibi. Less, in the previous book, Persuaded, but particularly this one due to some of
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Tiana
I love the world Jenni James has created. Seeing how all the various characters fit into the cast of each story is always fun (though, at times, confusing. I think more so in this book because she mentioned almost ALL of the previous characters in the other books, whereas in some of her other books, she only mentions a few in passing. In Emmalee, they all play a role, and sometimes their personalities change so much from book to book you kind of get a little whiplash).

I read this one out of ord
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Katelyn
I finished this book in less than 12 hours. Thank you, Christmas break!
I've originally loved Jane Austen's Emma, as I've had to do a whole report on Jane Austen while reading and analyzing two of her books, Northanger Abby and Emma. Emmalee was a wonderful rewrite!
To be honest, I almost got angry at the book at the end of chapter 23- early 24, as I really didn't "pity" the character at all. However, later in chapter 24 I remembered why I loved the original Emma in the first place: her change of
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Katie Watkins
Emmalee decides when her best friend graduates and goes off to college that she'll find a deserving girl to become her new best friend. I mean, who wouldn't want to?? She finds the girl in one of her classes and gets the senior class president to introduce them. Surprisingly, they have a lot in common and do indeed become BFF's. Now for phase 2--to get Hannah a boyfriend.

Hannah helps Emma realize that people don't see her as she thinks she should be seen. Most people see her as a pretty, popula
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Englishrose
I think this was a cute rendition of the story, as are all the books in the series. With a cute modern slant, James is able to re-create this classic story with fun correlations between the stories. This story had some great romance and made me smile. I loved Chase's character (George Knightly) and the way he reacts to Emma. Emma, as a character, is a hard one to love. She's often like a train wreck - painful to watch but you can't make yourself turn away. But despite that, she's a great charac ...more
Valerie Waters
It makes me sad to only give this book 3 stars cuz I really enjoyed most of it. However Emma drove me crazy!!!! She was such a snob and didn't even know it!! Chase was amazing but way too good for her. I really liked Emma less and less the more I read. Her friend Hannah was awesome. She was so quick to forgive. Clair was annoying but geez Emma was so mean! I hated what happened to Cassadie's character. She became so mousy! She was a shell of a person. So weird how that ended up. Chase was so ama ...more
Meegan
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Out of all the Jane Austen Diaries out, I liked this one second. I was expecting Emmalee to have a more immature voice and be very irritating, but it was actually really easy for me to understand her. I guess I have been in the same boat as her: where you aren't really sure how your actions effect those around you. Even though her growing-up moment didn't happen until the end, she learned her lesson and the amazingly hot guy was hers in the end.
Emily King
This was the first one i read in the series but later i found out it was the third book... Ok so I don't like reading books about popular kids, but Emmalee i liked. She is confident and loves her family and friends but she judges others too quickly and comes to her own conclusion on things. I hate that Chase keeps getting mad at her but doesn't tell her why... Well she knows what he gets mad at her for she just doesn't know why he gets so mad at things. I think everyone was just over reacting ab ...more
Rachel Bain
Second favorite of the Jane Austen Diaries. Probably because the love interest is Taylor's big brother, Chase Anderson!!! Ahh... the Anderson's are perfect<3. I really like how Chase doesn't take all of Emmalee's princess-y-ness, like he kind of tells her off a few times and I think she needed it. But, yeah, I loved it and read it twice.
Julie Carpenter
Loved it!! I enjoyed reading and seeing this teenage girl learn and grow and move beyond herself. We all have moments of learning and growing through change in our lives and deciding how best to handle it.

Thank you Jenni for yet another great take on Jane Austen's novels!
Connie
Ths is my least favorite of ths series. I haven't read JAne Austin's Emma for a long time but I don't remember disliking her as much as I disliked Emmalee in this book. She reminded me way too much of a Lot of girls I knew in high school and lets face it, a lot of women I know now. She is too mean and too cocky. I think there is a huge difference between self-confidence and conceit. I am glad she started to change by the end but I still didn't connect with this book like I have with her other bo ...more
Jillian
I really didn't care for this one. The Guy was great, but I could not stand The Girl. The plot and characters were pretty childish, but that seems to be a theme for alm of James' characters. I doubt I'll continue with this series.
Jemimah
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Xara
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3
Ok lets get started....... Jenni I love u so much.... your books are a treat seriously........
I loved Emmalee,i loved her naivety, her selfishness, her shopping sprees ;), her caring n loving relationship Wid Chase(I ll be returning to our hunk in a while), her craze for Clem,her spirit n shex a kick ass heroine( I<3 wht she did to Elton,lol!!!!!!)
NOW Chase Anderson W-O-W...... Icant even remember who Taylor is..... Honestly, Chase Rocks..... <3 bt my heart is still wi
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