Ashleigh’s latest craze is Julie’s own passion, Pride and Prejudice. But Ashleigh can’t just appreciate it as a great read; she insists on emulating the novel’s heroines, in speech, dress, and the mo...more
Julie’s best friend, Ashleigh, is an enthusiast. Julie never knows what new obsession will catch Ashleigh’s fancy, but sh…moreHere's the blurb from Amazon:
Julie’s best friend, Ashleigh, is an enthusiast. Julie never knows what new obsession will catch Ashleigh’s fancy, but she does know she’s likely to be drawn into the madness.
Ashleigh’s latest craze is Julie’s own passion, Pride and Prejudice. But Ashleigh can’t just appreciate it as a great read; she insists on emulating the novel’s heroines, in speech, dress, and the most important element of all—finding True Love. And so Julie finds herself with Ashleigh, dressed in vintage frocks, sneaking into a dance at the local all-boys prep school, where they discover some likely candidates.
The problem with Ashleigh’s craze this time, however, is that there is only one Mr. Darcy. So when the girls get a part in the boys’ school musical, what follows is naturally equal parts comedy and romance, as a series of misinterpreted—and missed—signals, dating mishaps, and awkward incidents make Julie wonder if she has the heart for True Love.(less)
Julie, the first person narrator, has been best friends with Ashleigh since early childhood. Ashleigh gets Enthusiasms, and when she does, she goes whole hog. Her latest is Austen, and of course she is determined to meet a Darcy. She sweeps shy Julie along in crashing a dance at a snazzy prep school, where they meet a couple of cute guys, one of whom is Julie's secre ...more
Julie has a friend name Ashleigh, who is an ...more
A YA book, it was recommended to me by my teen daughter, so of course I had to read it. A quick, fun read, with a cast of cute and quirky (though unrealistic at times) characters, Enthusiasm is definitely marketed to capitalize on the teen fascination with boys, crushes, first kisses and clueless parents.
Very sweet and light fare, although as a mom I do take issue with t ...more
This book is definately for the light of heart, teenage girl. Which is exactly what I happen to be. I found a lot of connections between this book and my self. I am a lot like the main character Julia. We both have an extreme love of the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, we both love, even though we might not show it all the time, our very best friend more than anything, and would do almost anything for them, and we both hold on dearly to the dream that we will one day find our ...more
The MC's BFF becomes obsessed with P&P and Jane Austen, and there's a tiny bit of Pride and Prejudice references: A Bingley, a Collins, but the male lead is no Darcy. There's also a play within the book and a play within the play within the book. Which is kind of fun.
I enjoyed reading this book. There were shenanigans.
The MC needs to grow a backbone and become a little more aware of the wo ...more
But she loves him
And he loves somebody else...
I don't care for any casanova thing
All I can say is
Love stinks! Love stinks!"
-Boston's own J. Geils Band
I think our heroine has elements of Elinor Dashwood and Catherine Morland.
It is quite amazing to think that this is Shulman’s first novel ...more
Julie is an excellent best friend. She’s prepared to suffer the social criticism, the missteps, and even the total embarrassment of getting turned away from the dance.
But just how well will that ...more
Honestly, I forgot how much I loved this book. Its quick read, light, funny and just perfect for a few hour long distraction on a rainy day. As a sucker for rom coms and romance stories in general, I don't care how predictable it is, I love it all the same. Its one of those books that requires me to stop for a minute to relax my face because i ...more
This is a fun little YA romance about two girls who love Jane Austen. Sweet in places, hokey at times, and happy in the end, this was a fun mashup of several of Austen's plot lines and it worked for me. Very glad Selah put this book on my radar!
Yes, it's an ode to Jane Austen. But it's also an ode to Shakespeare, poetry, literature, music . . . and high school. But one thing I loved was that the trappings of real life never change the main character's spirit and voice. Her Enthusiasm (ha ha get it?) never dies.
I also loved that this ISN'T a book about two female friends torn apart over a guy. The plot is much more subtle and compl ...more
So, Julie and Ashleigh have this amazing friendship. Not only have they lived next-door to each other for their whole lives, but there is a tree that connects both of their bedroom windows. They can constantly go back and fort ...more
The plot is a mixture of Pride & Prejudice and Midsummer Night's Dream, with people falling for the wrong person or assuming the wrong person is inte ...more
The first sentence in the book starts it off well: "There is little more likely to exasperate a person of sense than finding hereof tied by affection and habit to an Enthusiast." Ashleigh is the enthusiast - someone who latches on to "brilliant" ideas ...more
Unfortunately, the story was not as captivating as I’d hoped. Maybe its just me, but ...more
Under your window in the quite snow.
Let me stand here and shiver, I’ll be stronger
If I can see your light before I go.
All through the weeks I’ve tried to keep my balance.
Leaves fell, then rain, then shadows, I fell too.
Easy restraint is not among my talents,
Fall turned to Winter and I came to you.
Kissed by the snow I contemplate your face.
Oh, do not hide it in your pillow yet!
Warm rooms would never lure me from this place,
If only I could see your silhouette.
Turn on your light, my sun, my summer love.
Zero degrees down here, July above.”