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Sass and Serendipity

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  112 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 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
Norina Zhang
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was cool how this book was similar to Sense & Sensibility. I think the author did a good job on showing each sister's point of view. However, Jennifer Ziegler never really showed Gabby and Daffy making up, or Gabby apologizing to Mule. I think the theme of this book is don't jump to conclusions. Gabby is sensible, hardworking, and keeps her emotions to herself. Daphne is the opposite, she lives her life in a fairy tale world, and falls head over heels for many cute boys. Gabby thought that lo ...more
Anna Walston
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about two sisters Gabby and Daphne. They are both in high school. Their parents got divorced and were having a very hard time getting back to normal. Their mom got an opportunity to get a good job but that meant that they were going to have to leave. She gave the option for them to go with her but she also believed that they were old enough to take care of themselves for a month. The book is about all their struggles living on their own. I think the theme of this book is that thing ...more
Jan 07, 2011 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 does not
Jan 26, 2012 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
Jan 23, 2012 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 each ot
May 29, 2011 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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute retelling of Pride and Prejudice but set in rural Texas. We get to see Gabby and Daphne Rivera struggle with small town issues and a constant hatred of each other. Older sister Gabby tries to help their single mother try and get enough money that survive and keep themselves in a decent home. She is trying to work at the local movie theatre while struggling with her classes and get a high enough average to get a scholarship and out of this town for good.
Daphne is fifteen and on the jv chee
Jan 08, 2011 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 aroun ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a little while to read, but not because it wasn't good, I just haven't had ample reading time!
Anywho, can't go wrong with an Austen retelling. Loved the Texas setting, it was a character of its own! It kind of made me sad, how nasty these sisters were to each other. I feel like in the actual story, there's support between the Dashwood sisters, and the older clearly cares about the younger. In this, they were both rude and whiny and got feisty with each other, but I suppose that's a more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3 1/2 stars

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 study time, and boys will only leave you heartbroken. Her best friend, Mule, is the only one who has been there for her every step of the way.
But when the richest boy in town befriends Gabb
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was never familiar with the book "Sense and Sensibility", although my eyes drew me to the book cover. I am not a big book reader but this book drew in my eyes. I opened the cover and began reading the foreword and i could not stop reading. The 2 girls Daphne and Gabby Rivera are two sisters who can't seem to get along. EVER. This book resembles real life issues between person v.s. self and person v.s. person. They both face the struggle with divorced parents and boy struggles throughout their ...more
Squabbling sisters seek romance in this modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Rendered with less restraint, style, and subtlety than the original, the book is not without appealing elements, especially the portrayal of the emotional ups and downs of a family dealing with divorce.
Nancy Kelley
Aug 13, 2011 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
Jul 17, 2011 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 study
Judyth (Geeky Reading)

(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 imp
Kate Dana
Jul 23, 2011 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 in d
Jun 26, 2011 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 anniversary o ...more
Aug 09, 2012 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 the
Aug 11, 2011 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
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
Jun 13, 2013 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
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 the time
Paula  Phillips
Jan 06, 2013 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
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
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