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Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
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Sep 29, 10

Read in September, 2010

Shulman's first book plays with the ideas of love referencing Jane Austen and Shakespeare. For this book (which is more of a 3.5 stars) I would say it's playful and sometimes makes you rethink certain events as to who is flirting with who. I believe it can be appreciated by many groups (but is definitely best for middle and high schoolers). I had my gut instincts on who was falling for who, and had to rethink it a few times. A fun book with great characters, who make you think of your own friend's quirks. I still kept returning to what I believed would be the ending and as it turns out it was correct. Mainly because I kept on doubting my instincts when foils appeared in the book; that I kept reading to the finale. I would say it could have been more Austenesque if there had been more clever banter between the characters. Banter after all can make a person reveal unexpected things, but also hides true intentions to others. But then again I prefer love-hate relationships in stories. Overall, it is a rather short, but good novel for those who like light teen romance.
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