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Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  462 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Abby McDonald gives L.A. the Jane Austen treatment in this contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility.

Hallie and Grace Weston have never exactly seen life eye to eye. So when their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife, forcing the girls to pack up and leave San Francisco for a relative’s house in shiny Beverly Hills, the two sisters take to their changing lot
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Weston sisters are penniless when their wealthy father dies, and they go to live with rich Uncle Augie and his wife since there is no will from the dad,and the new wife takes everything including their home. The older sister is a drama queen who wants to be an actress and the younger one is organized and shy. They have issues and angst galore. The characters are fleshed out, the story is well organized and interesting. It suffers from a basic flaw below, and since I'm nitpicking the editor l ...more
Tanja Voosen

Mir fällt es etwas schwer die zwei Cover des Buchs zu bewerten. Der größte Knackpunkt ist: Die Protagonistinnen sind beide eben keine weißen Mädchen. Ich mag sowohl das englische, als auch das deutsche Cover echt gerne. Sie sind beide sommerlich, sehen nach Spaß aus und passen perfekt zum Genre des Buches, aber najaaa, die Buchcharaktere sind eben ganz anders beschrieben. Das ist natürlich öfter so bei Büchern, aber hier hat es mich irgendwie mehr gestört als sonst. L.A. Love Story
Kate Stericker
A fun and satisfying novel about two sisters finding their way after an unexpected move to Los Angeles. Although I'm sure that knowing the source material adds another interesting layer to the story, I have never read Sense and Sensibility and found that JAGTH can stand on its own with no difficulty. The only noticeable issue is that some plot points seem very extreme by modern standards, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to watch them develop.
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review to be published on Page Turners Blog on 5/31/13*
2.5 stars out of 5

I adore Jane Austen re-tellings mostly because I love the original stories, and I always look for that familiar plot rhythm and beloved characters to show up. But what I look forward to the most is the way the author is going to play with the plot points and what they will take away/add to the existing characters. Sometimes, it’s the minor characters that the authors have the most fun re-writing and I admit to enjoying it
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hallie and Grace are sisters. Their father has just died, so they and their mother are forced to find a new place to live, so they move to L.A. to live with family there. The overly dramatic sister Hallie wants to be an actress so it excited to be in L.A. The serious sister, Grace, has to leave the boy she has fallen for.

This was an ARC I obtained a couple of years ago. It has, of course, been published since, so I'm not sure what – if anything – was changed. I enjoyed this. It was light and flu
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute book! In this retelling of Sense and Sensibility, McDonald updates the story to feature sisters Grace and Hallie and moves them to Hollywood. Think S&S meets Clueless. What I really loved about this book was that it was loyal to the original source but there were still enough changes to make the story refreshing and fun and not boring and predictable. This is probably my favorite S&S retelling so far and I could not put the book down.

My only quip is that the title i
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book in a day. It's soooo amazing! I love it
Kind of cute. A couple of issues: one is that the author is British, but trying to write American teenagers, so the tone is a little off. Among other things, we don't have Agas, and we don't call those things "cookers."

A lot of this could have been smoothed out if the editing had been better. Besides the Aga cooker, I would have like to have seen a little less of the word "saunter." And the choice to spell out things like "twenty four seven" and "nineteen fifty two" was odd.

Another thing is tha
Sofia Blasucci
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
So cute retelling of Sense and Sensibility. Although I feel like maybe they could have done a little work on the title.
As usual, Brandon is one of Jane's best heroes. And Abby McDonald did a really good job of modernizing the story, especially him.
I don't read a lot of S&S retellings, but this one was really well done. Bravo!
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Grace, 16, and Hallie, 18, are sisters living in San Francisco with their tortured, artist mother. A few years before the start of the novel, Grace and Hallie’s father leave them for a woman he works with, Portia, a rich, over privileged, trust-fund baby. After getting married to Portia and having a son, 9 months after the wedding, the girls’ father suddenly dies leaving them even more angry and alone. Conveniently for Portia, t
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
[Originally posted on the blog]

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood was exactly the kind of novel I was craving when I picked it up - fun, light, sweet. I'd consider this a great read for the beach or the pool this summer. Plus, it totally gets bonus points for being based on Sense and Sensibility, one of the two Jane Austen novels I've actually read.

One of the things that instantly made me want to read this novel is that it was about sisters Hallie and Grace Weston. I love reading about sisters, sinc
Liza Wiemer
An authentic retelling of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood follows the original plot, but with a modern twist.

This was my first Abby McDonald novel and her writing and character development was definitely strong and captivating. Every SENSE AND SENSIBILITY fan knows the story, so I can't imagine that it was an easy task for McDonald to make this novel sound fresh and interesting. But I liked the way McDonald changed the reason why the main characters Hallie and Grace Weston
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at:

I really enjoyed Abby McDonald's Getting Over Garrett Delaney, so I jumped at the chance to review this one. It's got the typical McDonald touch to it: character growth, guys, and a story everyone will love.
I actually didn't realise that this was a retelling of Sense and Sensibility until after I read the book. I didn't see too much similarity while reading the book, but now that I look back at it (I've only watched the movie) I can s
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Abby McDonald gives Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility a cute Hollywood spin in her latest YA novel! I wouldn't say Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is my favourite book by Abby McDonald, but I did find it entertaining to watch the two Weston sisters navigate their way through sunny L.A. while dealing with their grief and anger against their father for leaving them with absolutely nothing after he suddenly dies. Grace, Hallie and their mom are forced out of their home by their mean and selfish ste ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, romantic fiction about the very opposite Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Elinor is governed by her head, and Marianne by her heart.

In Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood, we meet Grace and Hallie Weston. Grace, 16, is a sensible and somewhat stoic realist, while Hallie, 18, is emotional and impulsive. As the story opens, their father has just died - intestate - of a heart attack, leaving them at the mercy of their young and greed
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, netgallery
I have no clue where to start. I really wanted to at the very least like this book. Hallie and Gracie loose their father. Hallie is completely distraught while Grace is trying to keep it together to keep her mother and sister from loosing it. Unfortunately their mother has set into such a deep depression that they can't to get a coherent sentence out of her. Their evil step mother strips everything away from them and they are forced to leave their home and move to L.A. Before they move Grace me ...more
As Sense and Sensibility is probably my favorite Austen work, I'll admit, I'm a sucker for the modern re-writes. The interesting part of this story is that Hallie (the Marianne equivalent) is actually a character you feel warrants a high-five to the face and Grace (the Elinore equivalent) is one you just want to light a fire under her butt every time the petulant fear kicks in--which is often.

In this retelling Hallie is emotionally obnoxious, shallow, and very self centered. Almost to the point
Rich in Color
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The moment I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I’m no Janeite, but I’ve got some love for Jane Austen. This book is based on Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility which I haven’t read in a while so… I cheated and reread the summary on Sparknotes. (Shhh. Don’t tell my English professors.)

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is a pretty fun modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. The 18th century gentry of Jane Austen’s time are replaced by two sisters living the rich life in Beverl
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it

The Weston patriarch has died shortly after he left his first family and started a new family with a stuck up, petty, selfish woman. While Mr. Weston had worked hard to take care of his first family, he hadn't put anything in writing, so with his death comes the complete loss of funds for his ex-wife and two daughters. The new wife even sells the first family's home out from under them.

Now Valerie, Hallie, and Grace Weston must leave San Francisco and head
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I had never read anything by Abby McDonald before but based on her covers, her books are just the sort of thing I've been known to read. Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is a modern-day take on Sense and Sensibility, and I'm also a huge Jane Austen fan.

Grace and Hallie are sisters whose father has just died...and left everything to his new wife. Their stepmother - lovely woman that she is - gives them nothing and is not helpful in any way as they deal with the death of their father. They are left o
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plnnj-review
In the beginning of "Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood", Hallie and Grace's father tragically dies. Unfortunately, he leaves all his money and property to their step-mom, including the house that the girls live in with their mom. After being kicked out of their house, Hallie, Grace, and their mother are forced to move to Beverly Hills and live in the guesthouse of a relative. Hallie, an aspiring actress, takes easily to the Hollywood lifestyle. Grace, a more shy and practical girl, struggles a bit t ...more
Kathleen Pacious
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-worth-it
A modern take on Sense and Sensibility. Hallie (Marianne Dashwood) and Grace (Elinor Dashwood) move from San Francisco to Los Angeles after the unexpected death of their recently remarried dad. Complications ensue as both girls try to adjust to their new city. Grace falls for her step-brother/uncle (Edward Ferrars) but doesn’t reveal her feelings. Hallie is saved from drowning by a mysterious guitar-playing LA insider (Willoughby) but ultimately winds up with an Iraq war veteran (Col. Brandon). ...more
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
DNF - More about this later.

I started this book with the full intent of loving it a lot. I'm a major sucker for Austen retellings, especially since there are a lot fewer of them from her novels other than Pride and Prejudice. This book made me really mad. I felt like yes, the Dashwoods in the original novel had their flaws, but modernizing Marianne as a teenager/young adult made her seem like an empty-headed, selfish, overly-dramatic and inconsiderate bitch. In the original novel I never felt li
Grace Lee
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how to start this review, but I know I want it to be witty yet serious but I can't accomplish that goal with all these other reviewers writing flawless literary pieces as their review! Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood was ehh. It was better than Boys, Bears, and A Serious Pair Of Hiking Boots, I'll give you that! I just wasn't loving the characters. Grace was too boring and Hallie was too winy. Usually I fall into characters and become them but again with all of McDonald's books (excep ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Deal: Hallie and Grace Weston are going through a rough time: their father has died and left everything to his new wife (the woman he left their mom for) and baby; and their artist mother is more distracted than ever.

Soon, their step mother Portia kicks them out and the gils are forced to move to L.A. with relatives, where ever the Drama Queen Hallie seems to thrive in her own way while younger sister Grace is trying to keep it all together.

My Thoughts: Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is bas
Judine Brey
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is one of the best Austen teen books that I've read. My biggest problem is the title, because it focuses on Austen, who is not mentioned in the entire book. That said, what I appreciate most about this updated version of Sense and Sensibility is that the characters and events stay true to the general storyline, but make modern decisions. Grace (who stands in for Elinor) is a 16-year-old science nerd who falls for Theo (her step-mother's younger brother). Her sister Hallie (this book's Maria ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like modern retellling's of Jane Austen's works.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library.
I noticed something when I was about halfway through this book. This is the second modern retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility and I haven't even read the original by Jane Austen. But that was just something I realized. The first retelling was Sass and Serendipity which I read a few months ago. This is also my second book by Abby McDonald, the first was Getting Over Garret Delaney, which I absolutely loved. But on with the book! I thought the plot was really interesting and I liked h ...more
Miss Literati
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD is a modern take on Jane Austen’s classic novel, Sense and Sensibility – a story filled with romance, loss, and friendship.

Abby McDonald‘s book follows the Weston sisters, Hallie and Grace, as they cope with their father’s death and being forced out of their house by their stepmother—who inherited everything and gave nothing to her husband’s oldest daughters.

The two very different sisters give very different perspectives on the move from their San Francisco home to
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