“Not one that would match with our dresses. Besides, you are this size,” Emma insisted. “Your body just doesn’t realize it yet.” p. 52
So cute and sweet I need to make an appointment with my dentist to check for cavities!!!
by Cecilia Grey
Jane Austen meets Pretty Little Liars in this fresh, new young-adult series!
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The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. Please. They need to stay focused on something that lasts much longer: an acceptance letter from an Ivy.
But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it's about to turn the Academy--and the lives of its students--totally upside down...
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To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He's a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She's a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It's obvious that Dante thinks he's way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.
But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie's quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets... Secrets Lizzie can't seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries...
This book is so short! I read this one in a few hours and it was a very cute and sweet read. I haven’t read the original P&P so I have no comparison. However, this was sweet! The story and plot were fun to follow and I found myself really wanting to know who bought the school (although at one point you kinda figure out who it is! Although the reason behind it is totally heartbreaking!)
The characters are developed nicely, for being so short. I think if this book were longer it would have been a lot better. The relationships would have had time to stew and simmer longer and it wouldn’t feel so forced or rushed. However, Cecelia did a great job with character development within the shot pages!
I loved the supporting characters. I actually found Emma and Anne to be very interesting. Emma typical popular girl and gossip lover, was a nice breath of hilarity! I don’t tend to like the jibber jabber girls and ones that are all about popularity, but she won me over. I think it was her quick humor that won me over. And Anna was the typical bad/mean girl with deep rooted issues. But her ability to bond and show vulnerability with Lizzie was her saving grace.
“I wished you’d warn me not to wear heels,” Emma called up the tree. “Who wears heels with silk pajamas?” Lizzie called down. “Kick them off!” p. 131
Lizzie was a nice character to follow. This book is told in third person and but it mostly follows in Lizzie’s voice. The third person was a bit hard to follow at times. I think it would have been better in first person. I found myself confused at times but it was still a great read.
I found it funny that most of the characters had double letters in their names: Emma, Ellie, Lizzie, Anne, it was cute but also hard to follow with who was saying what.
Dante as a love interest was cute but a bit weak. I think that the length of the book is where the issue is and not with the boy. To go from a tough bad boy and standoffish to head over heals for Lizzie in 140 pages was a bit hard to accomplish but he was still cute and he had his golden moment at the end.
The story is well written and has a wonderful plot line. If it was longer I think this would have been a huge smash! I'm luck that she is a local author and I always love seeing that!!! And references to my hometown were spot on!!!
“Ellie said Santa Cruz weather is even better than Merrywood” p. 88
If you are looking for a quick contemporary read to fill an afternoon or if you are a faster reader, something to read while waiting for your car to get fixed or at a doctor’s office, pick this one up. I like it enough to see what else she will do! I hope that the next book is longer!
“You did all this,” Lizzie said. Her heart was daring to hope she knew why, but part of her was still wary. “The petitions. Talking to Rick. Why would you do that?”
“For you,” Dante said. “You know that, right?”
“For me? But why?”
Dante gave a half-smile. “You’re a problem, you know that, right? You…my parents…when it all goes public. Falling for you is going to mean drama.”
“And?” lizzie asked breathlessly.
He leaned closer, eyes twinkling. “I like drama.”
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