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Sass and Serendipity

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  575 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Daphne Rivera and her sister Gabby could not be more different.

For fifteen-year-old Daphne, the glass is always half full, a dab of lip-gloss can ward off a bad day, and the boy of her dreams—the one she's read about in all of her beloved romance novels—is waiting for her just around the corner.

But Daphne’s older sister Gabby wishes Daphne would get real. In Gabby’s world
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I received this book to review and had I not been fully expected to review it, I would not have finished it.

Daphne and Gabby are both awful, and I could find no redeeming qualities in either of them. Daphne is very very selfish, thinking only of herself for the entire 384 pages. Gabby is the opposite - extremely bossy and mean. The girls never get along with each other, and hardly get along with anyone else besides Gabby's friend Mule - and I'm not sure why he sticks around to listen to Gabby co
Nov 14, 2010 Kristi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not at all familiar with the story of Sense and Sensibility... perhaps I should have read it before... or even watched the movie! Although I don't think that I was missing anything by not having read the Jane Austen version. So as much I'd like to, I can't compare this novel to the original.

I like this one. It was a easy weekend read. And it was fun at times, but I have to admit it wasn't my favorite. Mostly because I couldn't stand either of the main characters. Perhaps had they been a mix
Jan 07, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Sass & Serendipity possess a cute and eye-catching cover, but what is inside is where the gold lies. It contains family as well as sister drama, unpredictable romantic subplots, and best of all two realistic main characters you cannot help but adore and root for.

Sass & Serendipity begins the story of two sisters- Daphne and Gabby- who could not be any more different. Gabby has always been the girl most likely to succeed, the girl that makes her decisions with her head not her heart. She
Jan 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This book did a good job of portraying the very real financial and emotional trauma that often accompanies divorce. It also showed two teenage girls who reacted in very opposite, but not atypical ways to watching their father walk out on his marriage. Gabby becomes her mother's confidant and winds up bitter and untrusting. Daphne is so desperate for male attention and affection that she creates romance where none exists. Their father (whose child support payments are erratic) is pretty honest ab ...more
Hayley Hall
Actual rating 2.5
Overall: I think I`m being nice because when I saw the reviews they weren`t good, but I decided to give it a shot. So after reading then I understood why.
Gaby: okay my feelings about her I liked Gaby better then Daphne but she was so frustrating. She constantly bitches about everything and I mean everything. I get sometimes the world suck but look at a good side. Plus she wasn’t even a good friend to mule.
Daphne: She really acts likes a child. She acts not at even c
I liked it but I thought the characters were a bit OTT with there personalities

The book like the original Sense and Sensibility uses a dual plot, dual heroines and dual narrative. Although I have to say from the very beginning I did not gel with the main characters at all. I guess you could say that Gabby is the Sass to Daphne’s Serendipity; but their personalities were just too extreme for me. Gabby is grumpy and mean while Daphne is airy-fairy and lives in her own little bubble. Both are terri
Apr 15, 2012 Anjelica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad that I finally read this. I've never read any of Jane Austen's books so I can't say how good of a refueling it is but to me the story and the plot was fantastic. At first I was quite that fond of Gabby or Daphne. To me, Daphne was really whiny and never liked to do anything, spending all of her free time thinking about her latest boy ones session and Gabby just felt so mean and it felt as if she was mad at the whole world and she kept everyone else from having a good time because sh ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh God, my poor brain! I picked this thinking it would be a fun take on S&S. It’s not.

Or worse, poor Elinor and Marriane! Is this how they translate?

Because from what I recall while Marianne could swoony, with heart-on-sleeve and all that, she wasn’t a total brat, all the time! And while Elinor could be uptight, she was never nasty. But bratty and nasty are how the two girls are in Sass and Serendipity (and not a hint of the title in them)

But props on making the two very different from eac
May 29, 2011 Reader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-reads
Basic rip-off of Austen's classic work with a few modern family twists. Instead of eviction from the family home for inheritance, it's rising rent. Instead of a quiet father, it's a divorced household. Daphne and Gabriella have no real personality beyond the broad strokes of love sick and bossy, respectively. In addition to the mediocre writing and characterization, the cover is another strike against the book. Despite the last name Rivera and Spanish affections, the girls on the cover could in ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Dec 30, 2013 Esperanza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
simply wonderful
Jan 08, 2011 Jordyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2011, retellings
In a modern retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel Sense & Sensibility, Daphne and Gabby Rivera are completely opposite sisters dealing with the financial and emotional struggles that come after their parents' divorce. While Gabby, the headstrong, man-hating, angry-but-responsible older sister puts all she has into helping her mother and scoring a scholarship to pay for college, Daphne is flighty, insanely cheerful, and self-absorbed as she always imagines that her perfect guy is right a ...more
Nancy Kelley
Aug 13, 2011 Nancy Kelley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen girls looking for a funny, well-written book
Shelves: austenesque
The only thing most girls of Barton, Texas can talk about is the upcoming prom. Who's going with whom, what dress they bought, and where they'll be going for dinner beforehand--those are the hot topics at school.

Gabby Rivera couldn't care less about any of it. Prom, and everything it represents (in a word: boys), are completely beneath her. She decided when her parents divorced that love wasn't real, and believing some fairy tale prince will sweep her off her feet only keeps her from reality.

Sisters Daphne and Gabby Rivera are as different as night and day! Older sis Gabriella is all “straight A’s and neat-freak genes,” according to younger, impulsively romantic sister “Daffy.” Sensible Gabby works part-time to help her single mom make ends meet while studying hard for a scholarship so she can get out of Barton, Texas. On the other hand, unsensible Daphne lives in a dream world, shopping for prom dresses instead of applying for jobs and literally falling head over heels in love with ...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)
Apr 16, 2014 Judy (Geeky Reading) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

(This review may contain spoilers.)

I am so very disappointed with this book. I’ve liked both of Ziegler’s other books. I guess I expected so much from it, because it really let me down.

First of all, I’ve never read Sense & Sensibility. I don’t believe I’ve seen any movies based on it, either. I know some people were upset about the comparison, though, as apparently this is nothing like it. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought it was a sister story? About how sisters find out how
Jul 17, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written as a modern, YA adaptation of Jane Austen's classic, Sense and Sensibility, Jennifer Ziegler's Sass & Serendipity is far, far from Austen's famous book, at least for this reader.

Synopsis: For Daphne, the glass is always half full, a situation is better managed with a dab of lip gloss, and the boy of her dreams—the one she's read about in all of her novels—is waiting for her just around the corner.
For Gabby, nothing ever works out positively; wearing any form of makeup is a waste of s
Kate Dana
Jul 23, 2011 Kate Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m twenty-six and have to admit it has been a long time since I have read anything in the Young Adult (YA) genre, but if everything in YA is as wonderful as Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler then I am really missing out.

Sass and Serendipity (Sass) was inspired by Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (S&S) and published during the 200th anniversary.

The story explores the relationship between sisters Gabby, as Elinor, and Daphne as Marianne. Both are dealing with their parents divorce
Jun 26, 2011 Elisquared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Sense & Sensibility
Looking at the cover of Sass & Serendipity I cringed a little. This book just looks like a middle grade novel with no substance except for butterflies and pretty dresses at first glance, especially due to the wording of Sass. But I couldn't have been more wrong! What drew me in and past the cover was that Jennifer Ziegler wrote this as a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility, one of my favorite Jane Austen books. I absolutely love that the release coincides with the 200th anniversa ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Caitlin rated it did not like it
Two things that initially grabbed me about this book is 1. it's a Jane Austen Tribute published during the bicentennial of Sense and Sensibility and 2. serendipity is my all-time favorite word.

Honestly, I was very much hoping for a fortunate accident when it came to this read. I even imagined myself coming up with lesson plans and ways to integrate it into my Jane Austen unit that I also imagine myself teaching someday.

However, I'm not so sure that will actually happen.
Sass & Serendipity is
Aug 11, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sass and Serendipity centers on two teenaged sisters, Gabby and Daphne. Once close, the sisters have drifted apart since their parents' divorce, largely because of their differing views on love. Due to their parents' divorce, and a tragedy in her past, Gabby shuns love, believing that men are not to be trusted and that eventually every love story ends in divorce. Daphne is much more optimistic, believing in true love and love at first sight. The sisters' relationship is further complicated by t ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

WOW! What a great read!

Sass and Serendipity will make you want to read the original book, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (I'm so curious about Sense and Sensibility.)

Sass and Serendipity is a hilarious and crazy book. Sass and Serendipity will attract the attentions of younger readers, usually around twelve to fifteen. It's cute, but not realistic or believable. Despite that, I love Sass and Serendipity.

The plot... Written and created brilliantly by Jennifer Ziegler. Every twist and t
This book came out the year Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility turned 200. This novel plays homage to the classic with a modern twist.

Gabby and Daphne are sisters with nothing in common. Gabby, the older sister, has stepped up to help her mother after her father left them. She's the sensible sister who works hard, studies to get good grades, and does her best to make sure her sister behaves. Considering how her father broke her mother's heart, Gabby doesn't believe in love and wants nothing to
Paula  Phillips
Jan 06, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Is Jane Austen's book Sense and Sensibility your favourite pick ? Do you love the story of the Dashwood Sisters ? For me personally, I have always held a torch to the different renditions of the Austen tales more so than probably the originals though that is not to say I haven't read them all as they sit nicely on my bookshelf in the new Twilight Inspired covers.
Sass and Serendipity goes into the world of the Rivera family , where Mum - Liz has just seperated from her husband and works long hou
I guess you could say that Sass & Serendipity was like a modern day-high school version of Sense & Sensibility (which is my 2nd favorite Jane Austen novel). Ziegler didn't follow the book to the letter, which is fine that she did her version of it, I just found it hard to pick out who the characters were supposed to be.

Gabby and Daphne are very very different in their personalities, of course and as they should be. They are like polar opposites, Daphne is a free spirit, daydreaming all
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Sisters Gabby and Daphne just cannot seem to get along with each other! Gabby and Daphne's views of the world are so contrasting they cannot find one thing to agree on. Daphne believes in true love, Gabby doesn't even think love exists. Daphne is eagerly anticipating going to prom this year, Gabby staunchly refuses to go. Daphne likes to daydream and live in her romantic fantasies, Gabby doesn't have time for dreams, she's too busy being responsible and doing her share of the housework. Daphne a ...more
Blech. It had such promise, but it went no where near to what I had hoped or expected. I was very turned off by the language (and some references), enough to stop reading and skim the rest of the book to get the rest of the plot. As a story alone, not bad. But as an S&S spin-off, it was just that--OFF! Of course, I am picky about spin-offs. And I'm always wary about modern re-tellings for my own reasons. So this was very much a personal disappointment to me in that regard.

I also had a hard
Cindy Hudson
Oct 04, 2011 Cindy Hudson rated it liked it
Gabby is 17 years old and has her feet firmly planted on the ground. She holds no illusions about the imperfections of those around her, and she’s determined not to make the same mistakes her mother has by letting romance get in the way of what she wants to accomplish. Gabby’s 15-year-old sister Daphne is just the opposite. She sees the world through rose-tinted glasses, and she’s sure that the way to find true romance is to expect it.

Each girl is confident that her approach to life is the best,
The first couple of chapters had me laughing out loud at the witty banter and I was excited to read what else was in store. Unfortunately, the story didn't live up to those first chapters. I liked that it was a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility, but sometimes the characters got on my nerves. I thought the interaction between the sisters was a little too dramatic, I wasn't sure how they functioned if there main relationship was Not Getting Along All The Time. I wanted the younger sister t ...more
Apr 05, 2012 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like books about relationships and sisters.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library.
I noticed that a lot of people didn't like this book on Goodreads, but after finishing I thought that it was a pretty good book. I thought the plot was pretty good and had a really nice lesson. The plot was realistic and I was able to relate to it, since I have an older sister. I also liked the twists and turns that the girls had when trying to find love. At the end, they both had found the boys that they least expected to like. I thought that it was a good plot and the way the two girls acted w ...more
Heidi (yabibliophile)
A modern day retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility? Yes, please! You know I love me some Jane in the modern day! ;) This was a cute story loosely based on the original. When I forst started I was trying to match all the characters up with who they would represent from the original version. This was a bad idea. The author uses Sense and Sensibility as a starting point for Sass & Serendipity but this book is quite different. This is a good thing but I think I love the original too m ...more
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