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Persuading Annie

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,298 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
After years as a sweet, good-natured pushover, Annie Markham has had to face up to three hard truths:


You've got to be tough to succeed in business and romance.
Sometimes your meddling loved ones are right about your worthless, no-good boyfriend being worthless and no good.
The only reliable thing about men is that they're totally unreliable.
Okay, she's been persuaded. So now
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2000)
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Zia
May 12, 2014 Zia rated it really liked it
Melissa Nathan has portrayed a great storyline and wonderful meanings through Persuading Annie.
At first when I'd started reading this book, I felt as though I was going to be wasting a huge amount of my time and for some reason the cover of the story was so discouraging, thus the reason why I gave four stars.

Once I actually started reading the book and got to a successful part where I could judge the book I felt the necessity to continue as I was extremely intrigued. Okay maybe it was cliché,
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
When she thought she was pregnant, nineteen-year-old Annie Markham and her college sweetheart, Jake Mead, happily decided to elope to Paris. However, on the night of their intended departure Annie discovers it was just a false alarm; and when she tries telling Jake this he jumps to the wrong conclusion and assumes the worst of her, launching them both into a bitter argument. Since that fateful day Annie and Jake have not seen or heard from each other. Seven years later, when the Markham's family ...more
Leona
Mar 25, 2014 Leona rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
A young college student finds out she is pregnant. Being young and unmarried she is faced with difficult decisions. The good news is that both H/h are in love even if they are young and sometimes aren't mature enough to make the right decisions. Outside factors such as family and friends from hell reak havoc in the young couple's lives to the point that they breakup and go their separate ways.

Neither one really moves on and the story starts seven years later when they meet again. The author tri
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Annalisa
Sep 27, 2008 Annalisa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls
Recommended to Annalisa by: Ann
I always say I don't like chick lit (and movies). That's not entirely true. What I don't like about chick lit (and movies) is that moment near the end where it gets awkward and embarrassing and then it gets cheesy and embarrassing. And I'm left gagging and my whole enjoyment of the tension the first half is ruined. But if the story could skip over the awkward and cheesy phases and go straight to happy ending, well then I could like said chick lit (or movie). As evidence I enter exhibit A.

I actu
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Naomi Nair
Nov 02, 2013 Naomi Nair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" comes with one simple message : Take responsibility for your life or else, you will end up living your life on someone else's terms, trying to fulfill their expectations of you.

When Annie heeded the advice of her godmother, Susanna, to not elope with her then boyfriend, Jake, she thought she did the right thing. In fact, when Jake broke up with her, without giving her the chance to explain herself following a misunderstanding, she was convi
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Namratha
Nov 30, 2010 Namratha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Once upon a time....the beautiful, auburn headed, vivacious teenager Annie Markham had an awful scare. She thought that she was pregnant. And when she shared this bit of news with her teen boyfriend, Jake...he turned an unbecoming shade of puce, yelled out a panicky speech and promptly fainted. Vivacious Annie should have seen this as a prologue for things to come. But when she discovered that she wasn’t really pregnant, she told Jake again. The gallant Jake promptly turned a slimy shade of gree ...more
Rebecca Haslam
May 01, 2011 Rebecca Haslam rated it it was ok
I kept leaving and coming back to this book which I think may give some idea as to how much it grabbed my attention.
The story itself was pretty good; a family in trouble asking for help from someone who just happened to date one of the family members and all the entwining of business and personal lives that such a thing involves and creates.
To be honest, the overall ending of the book, or at least one part of it, could be seen coming from about 2/3's the way through the book and I don't think th
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Alice
Feb 23, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bon bein voilà, c'est dit, ceci est, sans conteste possible, le livre que j'ai le plus apprécié depuis que j'ai commencé à lire des livres autour de l'oeuvre de Jane Austen. Certes, le fait que Persuasion soit mon roman préféré doit y être pour quelque chose mais tout de même...

J'avais déjà beaucoup aimé Acting Up, de Melissa Nathan, un auteur qui écrit bien et nous présente des personnages des plus attachants, dans un anglais que je comprend. Je ne m'attendais d'ailleurs pas à une réecriture
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Karen Powell
Another one of Melissa Nathan's retellings of Jane Austen, this one, based on "Persuasion," doesn't have the zip of "Pride, Prejudice and Jasmine Field," but retains many trademarks of the author's witty dialogue and hilarious characters.[return][return]Through a misunderstanding, college sweethearts Annie and Jake are torn apart with much bitterness. Years later, they are thrown back together when Jake is hired to save the company owned by Annie's spendthrift family, and boy is it awkward. Misu ...more
Mona
Mar 01, 2015 Mona rated it liked it
A quick, fun, predictable read. My only complaint is that the book included too many characters that had too little to do with the plotline.
Zahreen
Jul 26, 2009 Zahreen rated it it was ok
Shelves: personal
I was really excited to read this book for two reasons. 1) I love remakes of Jane Austen stories and 2) I enjoyed this author's remake of Pride and Prejudice, entitled Pride Prejudice and Jasmine Field. However, this remake of Persuasion was lackluster. Little creativity, and the characters were way off the mark in my opinion.
Danielle
May 23, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
Cute summer read - read Persuasion though, it's better! (Jake's note in this book can't compare to the letter Anne receives in Persuasion. Swoon!)
Nur Ain Z.
Updated; 14 June 2014

The first time I read it, I hadn't had a clue Persuading Annie is a retelling of one of Jane Austen's works, Persuasion. Despite completely missing out on the reference, my former self doted on the book. I thought the book was hilarious. Two years later and after had acquainted myself with Austen's Persuasion, while not as overly fond of chick flick as I used to be, the book still holds some of its charm over me. To my intense pleasure, I still found the book to be as hilari
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Devina Dutta
Jan 12, 2013 Devina Dutta rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-comedy
4.5 stars
Funny, light hearted and enchanting, Melissa Nathan's spin on Jane Austen's Persuasion is delightful.
Ever since Acting Up, M. Nathan has been one of my favorite romantic comedy writers and this one just adds to her credit.
Persuading Annie involves a 26 year old art lover Annie Markham, the youngest daughter of the illustrious Markham family. Her widower father, George and two older sisters, Katherine and Victoria form the primary cast of this book. Katherine, a 30 something party animal
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Krista Basilio
Once upon a more recent time, Annie Markham is a beautiful young lady. She has a heart of gold, works at a local art gallery, moonlights as a phone Samaritan and seems to be the only sensible duckling in an eccentric self-absorbed family of pretentious swans. But the bouncing curls and witty facade hide an embittered soul. Annie has never really got over Jake’s abrupt departure from her life and he continues to colour all her interactions with the opposite sex.

But Annie has more pressing proble
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Aviral Goel
Dec 04, 2015 Aviral Goel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
It's a great book. The author has written some really amazing endings to each chapter, making you cringe and keep reading for more. You will hate every character as a person but in the end the good ones will shine and you will love them for that.
Grace
A perfectly fun, read-it-all-in-one-night, satisfy-your-cravings novel. It's a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I had read Nathan's spin of P&P, Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field, many years ago, and really liked it - I think I reread it in college and was not disappointed. Maybe I'm older now or maybe this one just wasn't as good, but Persuading Annie is pretty silly. There's a whole added dimension because Annie and the Bentworth character, Jake Mead, hate each other as the result o ...more
oliviasbooks
*** Read first in 2008 *** It's a very good retelling / adaption in my point of view. The characters have many of their original traits, the chemistry between the characters is similar, there is a delighting sheen of Austen's wit and humor visible in Melissa Nathan's writing, and the leap into the 20th Century has been well-crafted by elevating the Elliot family into a rich celebrity sphere.
Cheryl
May 13, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it
This is a charming retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. There is a large cast of characters and we spend a good amount of time following the spoiled rich kids and the shallow father. They are, basically, caricatures of the spoiled rich elite.

The main problem that I had with the book was that the two main characters, Annie and Jake, remain rather flat characters throughout the book. When we're in their heads they have a bit more life, but when they interact with each other I see no chemistry b
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Mirte
Dec 30, 2014 Mirte rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
Easy-going modern-day chicklit loosely based on Austen's Persuasion. It has some interesting premises (pregnancy, company to be saved by the Wentworth character) and offers a few insights into the lives of women of the same age but with radically different lifestyles. Still, the rich are mostly portrayed as rich and superficial, very little else, and while this can be comical, these flat characters become rather annoying at some point. The ending is obvious from the start, into its very details ...more
Marina Caner
Feb 05, 2015 Marina Caner rated it it was amazing
Loooooved it. As a big fan of Persuasion I like the adaptation in the actual times: spicy, funny, lovely... Read it!
Nessie Night
I have never, ever, in my entire life, read a chick-lit (or any other book for that matter) worse than this.

Let me dot down a list of things I absolutely despised about this book:
1. You want to describe a character, sure go ahead. But for goodness sake, don't use up 5 pages describing the personality and history of a minor, not major, like Annie or Jake, but a character we don't see for the rest of the 90% of the pages of the book!
2. This book falls under the category 'Chick-Lit'. Personally, I'
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Anya
Aug 08, 2013 Anya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Persuasion" is samen met het geroemde "Pride & Prejudice" mijn favoriete Jane Austen roman. Ik was dan ook geïntrigeerd om er een gemoderniseerde versie van in handen te krijgen.

Jammer genoeg kan "Vergeet het maar" niet tippen aan "Persuasion"; het komt er zelfs niet in de buurt. De vertaling van Austens personages naar de huidige maatschappij is redelijk geslaagd, maar ik mis de subtiele ondertoon en finesse van Austens vertelkunst.

Ik irriteerde me vooral aan de "steeg-scène". In Austens v
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papalbina
Because it was English, easy to read and there was this connection with the original Jane Austen's "Persuasion" (which I read some weeks ago), I loved it. And Melissa Nathan's style was so fresh and light and at the same time sarcastic (although she was not so mean with her heroine like Austen was).

Although there are some characters I didn't like and some actions I couldn't see as credible, the main characters, incl. Cass, Annie's sister Victoria and her husband, Charles, were very interesting a
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Betita
Aug 18, 2008 Betita rated it liked it
Shelves: emprestado
Fiquei um pouco desiludida com este livro!
Estava à espera de uma história mais elaborada, mas não...
A história decorre de uma forma muito rápida ficando muitas situações por esclarecer, dando na maioria das vezes destaque a coisas que realmente não interessavam nada para o desenrolar da vida de Annie.
Mesmo assim gostei, não é um dos meus favoritos, mas gostei de conhecer a obra desta autora e vou procurar os outros que tem editados e ver como são...

A Autora:
Melissa Nathan nasceu e cresceu em Her
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Grace Kelley
May 23, 2015 Grace Kelley rated it it was ok
Initially I thought that this book was about a woman, hardened by the betrayal of her now ex boyfriend who she loved dearly. At the advice of her nosy but loving family, she breaks up with him and focuses on improving the family business, which has gone down the tubes. Years pass, she becomes the head of the business, taking advice from her doting father and is trying to make it all work when Jake walks back into her life with the intention of getting her back.

I didn't expect to see that my "her
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Rachel Brand
I really enjoyed this one. I have to admit that the plot is pretty regular for a chick-lit novel, but what makes it special is Melissa's style of writing. Although we meet loads of characters throughout the novel, Annie has a fabulous and unique personality and Melissa really gets inside her head. Annie is a very witty character and what made me pick this book up every day when I got home from school were the hilarious comments intersperced throughout the plot. Yes, the storyline is pretty avera ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Mar 15, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it
It's pretty easy to see the parallels between the original Jane Austen novel and this book, but I think this one didn't work as well for me as Nathan's other retelling. The problem I had was I never really fully bought into Annie and Jake, because at the beginning of the novel, when we see them as young and scared, I guess I didn't see much chemistry between them or reasons why they were together. Later when the two reconnected, I was haunted by the earlier impression. On top of that, Annie's pe ...more
Lucy
Dec 13, 2010 Lucy rated it it was ok
I love humor. I find myself constantly choosing to view life through its lens which always seems like the better seat and produces a more colorful picture. I guess that's why I'm always surprised by my feelings of disappointment when I read a "funny" book and I don't think it is nearly as funny as it could or should be.

Persuading Annie is one of those books. A supposed modern take on Jane Austen's not funny but wonderfully intelligent Persuasion, Melissa Nathan desecrates everything that makes
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Geneil
Sep 10, 2011 Geneil rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I liked this one even better than Nathan's Pride and Prejudice rewrite! This one is Persuasion; this still has some, ah, interesting narrative choices by the author, but I'd say it's cleaner than the Pride and Prejudice was--still a little bit of language, but not as much; still some references to sex, but not as many, and still not explicit. So, on the clean side of most modern chic lit.

Before I read it, I read a review saying that one reader liked this one less because they didn't care very m
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Melissa Jane Nathan (13 June 1968 – 7 April 2006) was a journalist and UK author of popular "chick lit" novels in the early 2000s.
When working on Persuading Annie (2001), Nathan was diagnosed with breast cancer. She refused to let the illness dominate her life, and - in public anyway - was unfailingly positive. She had no time for most journalism written by cancer sufferers: "self-indulgent dirges
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