Rated Reads


by Polly Shulman

Rated: Mild

When your best friend is prone to obsession, you learn to get used to embarrassment, and for Julia, Ashleigh is that best friend. Her current obsession? Jane Austen and all the Regency Period trappings that go along with her — the long dresses, the dancing and the hope for love. While being dragged about by Ashleigh, Julia stumbles into acquaintance with a mysterious and handsome stranger who may or may not be her own beloved Mr. Darcy.

Oh, this is swoon-worthy young adult fare at its finest. The perfect amount of teenage angst, a fabulous character for a best friend, an all-boys school to crash and a grand (if slightly predictable) finish. With a fun and light romance like this one, I’m always glad when things work out how I want them to. Shulman keeps it romantic and yet wholesome, a nice change from your typical “modern-day” young adult fare (she doesn’t even mention what everyone is wearing all the time, which I found very refreshing), and I think she demonstrated a nice and firm grasp of the conflicted heart of a teenage girl.

As a reader who acted in high school plays of her own and who already has a fondness for a good Mr. Darcy, this one was a winner.

Rated: Mild for a few instances of mild language. A boy and girl are in a bed together (no sex). Kissing and love but nothing graphic at all.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • by Polly Shulman
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