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The Forgotten Book

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale from Mechthild Gläser (The Book Jumper) about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book―and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
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Kirsten Nagamatsu
This book was definitely a great read! I'm a fan of Jane Austin, which Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorites, so I loved all the references and a likeness amongst the characters throughout the book. I do have to say the beginning was slow but as I read on it pulled me in and got better and better. There was a lot of adventure and mystery all centered around a secret book/diary that Emma, the main character, found in the library of a prestige castle that is a boarding school set in ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining book. If you like a quick magical read. You'll like this one!
Stephanie Reese
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise, extremely interesting: A girl who goes to a boarding school finds a magical book that has the power to bring to life anything she writes down: I immediately felt Harry Potter vibes. Add in a Jane Austen Retellings, I'm there! But something about this book fell flat. The plot dragged and as someone who loves Pride and Prejudice, I felt the comparison felt forced. The author should have used these characters as inspiration but then created more rather than model off the original. The ...more
I don't think I cared for this story very much, overall. The book is a huge nod to Jane Austen's work, down to the main male lead, Darcy. It felt too forced, especially the time when she and Darcy first meet... at a dance. Where he isn't dancing... and she gets irritated with him. Just like P&P. Or when he reveals his true feelings to her, it just didn't have the same appeal when a college boy is declaring his love to a 16 year old. I didn't really feel invested in the characters, and felt ...more
Sarah Pierce
The plot was scattered with loose ends left at the end of the book concerning a slightly major character that had a seemingly important part in the beginning of the book and then fell off halfway through. It was difficult to read at times, feeling like the writing was rushing along simply to move the plot along. The main character had unbelievable motives and actions sometimes, and inner dialogue was difficult to empathize with as it wasn't realistic. All in all felt like a clumsy first book ...more
Panda Blue
Personally i think the best part of the book was the end. Until then the action is kind of slow and the characters aren't easy to relate to. They don't even seem to be "real" or act like a real person.
After 100 pages i still made an effort to remember who was everyone because they didn't have anything special and the relationships among them seem a little bit off.

However, the last 50-70 pages were very nice and Darcy really was described as a if he was real. The action also had a nice pace and
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked parts of this story- the ending becoming gripping and page turning, wanting to find out how everything ended. The writing style is engaging and easy to understand. But there was something I just didn't seem to be able to connect with. The setting and world building was great and I really felt that I could imagine myself there and as if I was with the characters. But I never seemed to connect with any of the characters. They were well written but I didn't seem to root for them, to like ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good for young readers in high school however it wasn't very challenging. Since their is now summary, I'll tell you, it is basically about a girl who finds a book that has the power to make the things she writes in in come true and involves boarding school drama and relates to Jane Austen's 'Pride and the Prejudice'.
Meya o_O
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed it. It kinda made me sad, but it made me happy as well. I would recommend it, but I would not re-read it. It was a really good book, and I like it so much, it might be one of my favorites now, but it's one of those books that you read once and will remain content and happy with it. If yall get what I mean.
Dakota Sherman
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly this took me a good 100 or so pages to get into. I almost DNF but I continued to read and absolutely loved it. It got way better. It honestly reminds me of a combination and retelling of both Death Note and Beauty and The Beast.
Lael Hansen
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was a slow start for me but as it developed I really enjoyed the story.
Jessica Styx
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars !

I adored this re-telling

Kristen Landon
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mix of fantasy and Pride and Prejudice.
Ryan Bridenstine
Very good book magic meets teen with little twist
Patti Faulkner
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Great read for Middle school- high schoolers who love a good fantasy/mystery/romance combo.
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