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Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical. Read by Jennifer Ikeda.
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Wisty I found this on the author's website. It's a really good book!

Despite the fact that Julie Lefkowitz is often exasperated by her best friend Ashleigh,…more
I found this on the author's website. It's a really good book!

Despite the fact that Julie Lefkowitz is often exasperated by her best friend Ashleigh, “an Enthusiast,” the 15-year-old loyally tolerates and often takes part in Ashleigh’s various crazes. Ashleigh’s current interest is the book Pride and Prejudice, and her latest scheme is to crash a formidable boys’ school to attend a dance and find a 21st-century version of Mr. Darcy for herself, as well as a suitable companion for Julie. Dressed in vintage gowns, the girls do manage to slip into the dance and hook up with two agreeable young gentlemen. The problem is that both girls become smitten with the same guy—the shyer, more refined of the two boys. What follows is a sequence of witty exchanges, comic errors and miscommunications that could be taken right out of a Jane Austen novel. When all four characters get cast in a play, opportunities for passionate encounters abound; love triangles emerge and eventually evolve into appropriate romantic pairings. Those familiar with Jane Austen’s writing style and themes will most appreciate the many overt and subtle references to the 19th-century author. If a couple of episodes seem a little over the top (as when [spoiler omitted]), readers caught up in this debut novel’s romantic whimsy and humor will willingly suspend their disbelief. (less)
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Ha! This proves I like light, fluffy books. Although rather predictable this book was thoroughly enjoyable. Right on the cover was a recommendation of praise from Stephanie Myers which made me roll my eyes, and consider not reading the book. I'm glad I did though, I loved the two friends, Ashleigh's loyalty was refreshing. Though her "Enthusiasm" didn't seem so very Enthusiastic after the first 50 pages or so. Not when compared to the crazy things she's done in the past. The love interest of bot ...more
This book is so sugary sweet you could say maybe it almost too sweet. But as it is it's just what I needed. I was in the greatest mood while I was reading it and after I finished. This is probably the reason why I don't read as much deep sad books. You know how you sometimes keep the feel of the book while you're reading it for a while? If I'm having a hard time then there is no way I'm going to read a sad book. I have to be in the right state of mind.

Julie has a friend name Ashleigh, who is an
I love Jane Austen. I have read all of her completed novels at least twice. I've read quite a few JA para-lit novels, and this is by far the best of the bunch. It includes allusions to not only P&P, but Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and even a little Mansfield Park, too. Although she borrows from Austen's characters, Shulman does a great job of making them (and the story) fresh and unique. There was never a doubt in my mind as to the ending (it is, after all, a romance, and a YA o ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hannah by: Hanneybean!!
Shelves: ya, 2010-reads
Enthusiasm is a fluffy, comfy book filled with references to Jane Austen and some of her works, most notably Pride & Prejudice.

A YA book, it was recommended to me by my teen daughter, so of course I had to read it. A quick, fun read, with a cast of cute and quirky (though unrealistic at times) characters, Enthusiasm is definitely marketed to capitalize on the teen fascination with boys, crushes, first kisses and clueless parents.

Very sweet and light fare, although as a mom I do take issue wi
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This book is definately for the light of heart, teenage girl. Which is exactly what I happen to be. I found a lot of connections between this book and my self. I am a lot like the main character Julia. We both have an extreme love of the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, we both love, even though we might not show it all the time, our very best friend more than anything, and would do almost anything for them, and we both hold on dearly to the dream that we will one day find our
It's been around five years since I first ran across ENTHUSIASM by Polly Shulman. And, honestly, when I think about it, I'm fairly certain I got this recommendation from Stephenie Meyer's website way back in the day. I believe she had it on her list of recommended reads and I picked it up based on that and the fact that it had a Jane Austen angle. It seems like there are so many of those these days, but at the time I hadn't read many. I'm very glad I did pick it up, as this is a perfectly deligh ...more
Julie has grown up her whole life with a best friend who is an Enthusiast. Whenever Ashleigh, Julie's best friend, finds a new craze she jumps head first, and rarely comes up for air. Her latest craze is non other than Jane Austen which she found when Julie lent her a copy of Pride and Prejudice. This craze has Ashleigh speaking in 18th century English, and only wearing long skirts or dresses because it is immodest to reveal the shape of one's legs. Her craze also involves a hairbrained scheme t ...more
Margaret Harrigan
This was my second time around reading this book. I just finished my other one and wanted something to read, so I went to my shelf and picked this one up.
Honestly, I forgot how much I loved this book. Its quick read, light, funny and just perfect for a few hour long distraction on a rainy day. As a sucker for rom coms and romance stories in general, I don't care how predictable it is, I love it all the same. Its one of those books that requires me to stop for a minute to relax my face because i
Do you adore Jane Austin? Are you searching for your very own Mr. Darcy? Do you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about? Ok, well Julia Lefkowitz and her next-door neighbor/life long best friend Ashleigh Rossi do: Julia is a huge fan of Austin, especially Pride & Prejudice, and Ashleigh, well she is what you might call an Enthusiast. At least, that is what Julie calls her. You see Ashleigh has a tendency to become deeply, passionately obsessed with something, committing her whole lif ...more
Super cheesy but super cute. I was in the mood for something just like it and i laughed out loud so much throughout the whole book. Julia's friend Ashleigh is so comfortable in her own skin you wish you were just like her but some of her ideas are so embarrassing. Some of the problem in the book seem so unrealistic and cheesy but the sad part is that they are totally true and are a huge deal in a teenaged girl's life . All in all theres no way after you have finished the book that you can help b ...more
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I went from "This is so stupid" to stupidly grinning.

Full review to come.
This was an adorable book! I don’t normally go for the “chick-lit” kind of books, but this was really just fun and cute. Also, it was $1 at Books-A-Million…so it was hard to pass up. However, in my opinion the Stephenie Meyer recommendation doesn’t do much to sell the book.

So, Julie and Ashleigh have this amazing friendship. Not only have they lived next-door to each other for their whole lives, but there is a tree that connects both of their bedroom windows. They can constantly go back and fort
I had a blast reading Polly Shulman’s novel Enthusiasm, her homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! It had been released in 2006 and was on my ‘to read’ list for quite some time until I felt the need for something summerish and light to read. Since it is classified as a young adult novel for grades 7-10, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by a less than sparkling plot and characterizations. My assumptions were so wrong! Totally!

It is quite amazing to think that this is Shulman’s first novel
Ok, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for well-written YA romance. This book falls into that category; characters that seem relatively real, a romance that doesn't feel too far-fetched, and a plot that doesn't want to do much more than allow the characters to find each other (in other words, no causes and no massive misunderstandings/traumas to overcome).

The plot is a mixture of Pride & Prejudice and Midsummer Night's Dream, with people falling for the wrong person or assuming the wrong person is
This book had potential to be one of the cutest novels I’d ever read, despite the slightly serious-looking cover (I know there’s hot pink, but still). The story caught my eye because well, who doesn’t have a flighty, overly-enthusiastic friend who loves picking up new hobbies? Throw in a hot guy, a rule-breaking plan with lots of mischief, a kick-ass title, and you should have the formula for a nice fluffy story.

Unfortunately, the story was not as captivating as I’d hoped. Maybe its just me, but
Anne Osterlund
Julie and Ashley have been best friends forever. Through Ashley’s King Arthur phase, her Wet Blankets phase, and now . . . Jane Austen. Which involves “no showing of the lower limbs,” learning the quadrille, and crashing the fall dance at the local all-boys school, in search of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.

Julie is an excellent best friend. She’s prepared to suffer the social criticism, the missteps, and even the total embarrassment of getting turned away from the dance.

But just how well will that
This was a fun teen romance that was neat little twist on Jane Austen. Julie's friend Ashleigh is always having these phases, or 'enthusiasms.' Suddenly Ashleigh discovers Jane Austen, and decided to go all out. Julie finally persuades her not to wear long dresses to high school, but agrees to go along to a boys' school dance, where they can meet their Mr. Darcys.

Like I said, it was a fun book. Ashleigh reminds me of several people I know, but fortunately, not quite so obsessed. And just about e
Feb 11, 2008 Ruth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12 and up
Recommended to Ruth by: Stephenie Meyer
Shelves: fiction
This is a cute, young adult romance. I would have just given it three stars, but there were a couple well written, very romantic scenes that pushed it to four stars for me. I love it when authors are able to convey emotional intensity without being smutty.

The story is very cute. I loved the pride and prejudice references. There are quite a few Jane Austen characters here. Important themes include friendship, loyalty, family roles, first love, misunderstandings, and self-image. It's a short read
Azt hiszem vannak az ifjúsági könyveknek olyan kategóriái, amihez én túl cinikus vagyok már és míg bohó ifjúként faltam a hasonló kiszámítható és sablonos történeteket, ma már csak fanyalogni tudok rajta és rámutatni, hogy ezt már olvastam, esetleg jobban megírva is. Mindezek mellet nem tartottam jó főszereplőnek Julie-t. Nagyon sokat kesereg és siránkozik, túlságosan is passzív, meg teszetosza. Ráadásul a könyvnek még mélységet adhatott volna az elvált szülők gyerekeként élni, megbékülni az új ...more
I've read this book with full enthusiasm. Credulity at it's finest! How could I not know? How could she not know? It was completely obvious from the very beginning - she had kept her mind and eyes closed for almost 3/4 of the story.

At first, I am confused. I completely enjoyed and relate to the enthusiast personality - which what we called "CRAZY". And that was weird (not weird but unlikely) because the enthusiast herself was not the main character. I do what she did most of the time - getting i
Julie Lefkowitz has been roped into any interest or hobby imaginable by her friend Ashleigh Rossi, affectionately known as "The Enthusiast." When the focus of Ashleigh's enthusiasm shifts to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Julie is forced to accompany her to the local boys' school in quest of true love. Chaos ensues with comedic misunderstandings and unfortunate circumstances as Ashleigh and Julie learn about themselves and the men of their dreams.

This was an interesting contrast to Anna an
It was so FUN to read this book. As dumb as it may sound I felt like a teenager with a "crush". My heart fluttered at the "first kiss" and I laughed out loud in parts of this book (which hardly never happens when reading). I look forward to reading this book again in the near future.
Cute read and the characters are adorable, even if the cover is a little ugly (in my opinion). It all felt true to high school, with the crushes, misunderstandings and awkward advances. You gotta love the main guy - poetry, flowers, jewelry - I mean, he knows how to win a girl.
Light, fun and a nice tie in to Jane Austen. This book walks on that thin line of sweet and clever, without becoming insipid and silly. I enjoyed the female characters willingness to be true to themselves and loyal to one another.
Kiera Brokbad
UH, I hated this book so much. I cant even begin to describe how much it irrtaed me ---___---
Mar 04, 2014 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any girl who loves a teen love story
Recommended to Relyn by: Polly Shulman
We are having an extra long weekend thanks to snow and ice. I lovedGrimm Legacy so much that I quickly requested the rest of Polly Shulman's books. Jeffrey realized he had Enthusiasm in his library and made the trek out in the snow and ice to get it for me. He brought me a handful of YA and I've been piled up happily on the sofa for hours a day ever since.

I loved this book. Polly Shulman has a great sense of humor and pays homage to Jane Austen in this sweet love story. It's a delightful look a
Maddie Meyer
OH MAN. This was so stinkin' cute. I love this book and am thankful to those who introduced it to me. I love Julie's character and all the characters... Charles Grandison Parr...

Cute! It is funny for me to read about teenage angst now that I'm way past that age...I just want to say "Girls - communicate! Fight for what you want...".
Noémi nykyriana Molnár
Hű, hát ez meg mi volt?!? :/
Hirtelen nem is tudom, hogy mi vett rá egyáltalán a két csillag megadására :D :D
Egy legyen a Büszkeség és balítélet miatt… egyet meg kapjon Parr… akit meg viszont alig „ismertem meg„… mert ebből nem igazán lehetett…
Egyedül azt tudtam meg a könyvből, hogy Julie hány féle módon képes nyavalyogni XD XD XD ja és még véletlenül sem úgy, hogy megosztja valaki mással a gondjait, és esetleg tanácsot kér vagy valami…. áááá nem, ő szépen magában „vitatja meg„ a dolgokat… bah
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Polly Shulman has edited and written articles about books, infinity, edible jellyfish, planets, circuses, and many other subjects for the New York Times, Science, Salon, and many other publications. She is an alumna of Yale, where she majored in math. She puts cayenne pepper in her chocolate cookies and reads forgotten books with frontispieces. In high school she worked as a page at the New York P ...more
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“Just let me wait a little while longer,
Under your window in the quite snow.
Let me stand here and shiver, I’ll be stronger
If I can see your light before I go.
All through the weeks I’ve tried to keep my balance.
Leaves fell, then rain, then shadows, I fell too.
Easy restraint is not among my talents,
Fall turned to Winter and I came to you.
Kissed by the snow I contemplate your face.
Oh, do not hide it in your pillow yet!
Warm rooms would never lure me from this place,
If only I could see your silhouette.
Turn on your light, my sun, my summer love.
Zero degrees down here, July above.”
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