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Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman


by Polly Shulman

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3 out of 5 stars! The way it's written .. it was like reading Julie's diary. Very clever! To be 16 again .... I think I just might like it if I had Julie's life. *hahaa* I definitely recommend reading it if your into chic lit!

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  fromjesstoyou | Mar 21, 2016 |
Enthusiasm will appeal to Austen fans who have always secretly felt more like Jane Bennet than Pride and Prejudice’s charming protagonist, Elizabeth. Sometimes Julie Lefkowitz can’t help but feel overshadowed by her best friend, Ashley, whom she considers an “Enthusiast.” As an Enthusiast, Ashley is prone to falling deeply, obsessively, and briefly in love with an array of people, media, and hobbies. So when Ashley’s newest enthusiasm is for Julie’s favorite book, Pride and Prejudice, she should be thrilled, right? Even though she’s reluctant to let her favorite novel become one of Ashley’s crazes, before long she finds herself answering to “Miss Lefkowitz,” learning the quadrille, and crashing the dance at the local boy’s boarding school, all in the pursuit of True Love. The ensuing miscommunications, tests of friendship, and romantic hijinks deliver the romance Austen is known for, along with a double-dose of comedy - perfect for teens looking for a lighthearted romantic comedy.

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  Thea-Ploetz | Jun 2, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read, with just enough Jane Austen to make me happy. Parr, where are you and why aren't you in my life? ( )
  hawaiianmermaid701 | Apr 7, 2014 |
Cute high school love story. I usually prefer characters to be a bit more drawn out, but this fit the bill for a quick and cute brain candy story. The prep school boys, Parr and Ned, are adorable and the story reminded me of my chaste and sweet feelings in high school.
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  StefanieGeeks | Apr 5, 2013 |
I have issues with any books that mess with my Jane, let's just get that out of the way right now. I think the only ones I have truly enjoyed are the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman books. So when I started this book and saw lame comparisons like Forefield Academy and "Charles Grandison" Parr, I was worried. However, it turned out to be pretty cute. Not fabulous, but enjoyable. ( )
  Bduke | Jan 28, 2013 |
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With so tidy a happy ending, "Enthusiasm" might fairly be described as escapist fantasy. The literary allusions throughout add a sense of fun and frothiness. As a plot point, however, Julie's obtuseness to Parr's obvious infatuation with her seems a bit forced.
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There is little more likely to exasperate a person of sense than finding herself tied by affection and habit to an Enthusiast.
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?There is little more likely to exasperate a person of sense than finding herself tied by affection and habit to an Enthusiast.? Julie knows from bitter experience: her best friend, Ashleigh, is an Enthusiast. Ashleigh?s current fancy is also Julie?s own passion, Pride and Prejudice, and the heroine?s quest for True Love. And so Julie finds herself swept along with Ashleigh, dressed in vintage frocks and sneaking into a dance at the local all-boys? prep school. There they discover several likely candidates for True Love, including the handsome and sensitive Parr. And Julie begins to wonder if maybe this obsession of Ashleigh?s isn?t so bad after all. . . .

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Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

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