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Book 3 of 5 in the Jane Austen Diaries Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Walnut Springs Press. (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983829349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983829348
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very clean and I found it to be a fun easy read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2012
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I was very impressed with this book. I love a good read and I promise you that is what you will get. I wasn't able to put the book down. Jenni James, you come thru with beautifully written CLEAN Romance. What a breath of fresh air. Thanks so much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookgirl on September 6, 2012
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I bought this book for my daughters because they LOVED Pride and Popularity and Northanger Alibi, but I enjoyed reading it as well. It is a cute, clean, upbeat story that shows girls some of the consequenses of giving in to peer pressure. A spin off from Jane Austin's Persuasion, it carries the same morals. This is the type of teen romance that I'm glad to see my daughters read. Thank you Jenni James.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara G. on August 12, 2012
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What a sweet romance. I really enjoy Jenni James' books. They are always clean and simple, and just make me feel giddy! Persuaded is written like Jane Austin's Persuasion. Amanda is a really sweet girl that is always nice to everyone and keeps the peace, but is persuaded by friends when she should have followed her heart. Gregory is the wonderful boy that is made just right for her. It takes them the whole book to get past their pride and admit it to each other, and the journey was fun, and sometimes frustrating. Okay I was frustrated a lot, but it was a good frustration. Highly recommend to those looking for a good, clean, sweet romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on April 10, 2013
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TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Young Adult, Modern Adaptation

TIME FRAME: Present-day

MAIN CHARACTERS: Amanda Ellis, Gregory Wentworth, Kylie Russell, Sydney Ellis, Collin Farnsworth

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- It's part of a great series! The Jane Austen Diaries started in 201 with the fantastic Pride and Popularity.
- I love modern adaptations of Persuasion...and this one is a YA modern adaptation, something new!

WHAT I LOVED:
- Clever Modernizations and Updates: I thought this modern, YA retelling worked really well, I just love the creative ways Jenni James modified and revamped specific plot points and events from Persuasion! Instead of encountering each other after eight years and a rejected marriage proposal, Amanda and Greg meet again after three years and a rejected dating proposal. Instead of lacking wealth and connections, Greg is deemed unworthy byAmanda's friends because he is unpopular and uncool. Instead of taking a trip to Lyme where accident befalls someone on The Cobb, the gang of friends head to Moab and a terrible mishap occurs on their ATV excursion.

- Accessible Themes: Giving into peer pressure, feeling invisible, having regrets - these are all things teens and young adults (and adults) can relate to and understand. Not only do these themes relate well to the themes in Jane Austen's Persuasion, but they also teach valuable and important lessons to young readers.

- A Lovable Heroine: Amanda captures our hearts from the moment we meet her and witness the self-reproach and regret she has been living with for the last three years. She is such a sweet and endearing character, and like Anne Elliot, she is surrounded by selfish people who give her little love or value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Soozee Q. on January 6, 2013
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Amanda's family doesn't appreciate her, and the fact they have lost all their money only adds to her continued invisibility. It doesn't seem to affect her, because she never really cared about the money of the prestige that came with it. She is content being a normal teenage girl. And she is best friends with Greg, who tells her that he wants to date her their sophomore year of high school. Her friends are appalled and convince her that she shouldn't date him. So she does and he ends up moving away before she gets the chance to apologize and take it back. Fast forward three years and Greg, now going by Gregory shows back up with everything he would need to get Amanda's friends approval to be her boyfriend, but can he forgive her for being so easily persuaded? And, now that he's rich and attractive, will he really be content with Amanda, or will he go after one of her richer more attractive friends?
I think many of us can relate to making a mistake when it comes to love. You will find yourself relating to Amanda and wishing you could help her out, or hit Gregory for being such a dumb boy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earthyfamily on January 6, 2013
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It's a rarity in today's world to find an author that is willing to give us such cleanly written material. As a parent that truly cares what goes into the heads of my children, Jenni's material offers stories that are not only safe and wholesome but that are really entertaining to read. I'll be honest Jenni James is one of my own favourite authors and I love that I can read her books without feeling the guilt of reading a lot of the shameful things that are written into most adult material. Jenni takes classic stories and weaves them into modern day enjoyment like I've never read before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 1MadKahar on January 6, 2013
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I have read all of Jenni James books and this one by far is my favorite. You will Laugh, You will cry, even after reading it a thousand times. :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TallMocha on November 15, 2012
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Three stars for the ending because it was sweet, otherwise I didn't like the Gregory, his actions (I noticed that I am not a big fan of Jenni's hero's) there was some confusion in my mind with previous books and characters. I thought that Ethan was dating Cassidy (I hope I got the name right) and I expected to see her in this group. This is the third book in the series and that means that she should be included unless this was supposed to happen at the same time the second book was going, the same summer when the sisters were in Seattle. Through the book I had to remind myself that this is Persuasion and that it was written for the teens. Gregory's actions didn't make sense to me, he was gentle to our girl, nice, kept flirting with her, insinuating that he wants her, wants to be with her and the next second turns around and has a blast with her best friend. He looked sincerely interested in the best friend, so based on that his words at the end didn't make sense. He said that he went out with any girl that looked at him and from the book I couldn't see that because it was supposed to happen around our girl. He said that he dated her stepsister and her best friend, reading the book I didn't see that. He took the stepsister to the place where they were all supposed to meet, didn't look like a date, there was nothing between them.
The book in whole didn't really work for me, there were parts that didn't make sense even though it is Persuasion. Your guy dating your stepsister and your best friend is a big NO in my opinion, not acceptable. If this is how kids/teens expect to be treat these days I feel sorry for them. On the other hand I still enjoyed the story, Jenni makes her books interesting to read and what is a big plus for me is that is CLEAN.
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The Jane Austen Diaries

Pride & Popularity (Aug 2011)
Northanger Alibi (Feb 2012)
Persuaded (2012)
Emmalee (2013)
Mansfield Ranch (2013)
Sensible & Sensational (2014)

Prince Tennyson (Inspirational middle grade chapter book May 2012)

Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection

Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Sleeping Beauty (2012)
Rumplestiltskin (2013)
Cinderella (March 2013)
Snow White (2013)
Hansel and Gretel (2013)
Frog Prince (2013)
Many more to come...

I never knew what I was missing when my mom first gave me a collection of Jane Austen's works for Christmas. I believe I was fourteen at the time. One glance at the title Pride and Prejudice and I vowed I would never read the book. But, to be nice I placed it on my 'favorites' shelf; and there it sat for approximately two and a half years. Every month or so Mom would ask me if I had read it yet, and guiltily I would reply, "No. One day I will."

Then low and behold, the summer I was sixteen I had completely exhausted EVERY book I owned and almost all of my siblings' books, as well. (There were 5 siblings--not an easy feat I tell you!) With a desperate case of boredom and hair-pulling-cabin-fever anxiety, I finally, grudgingly brought down the book. I went ahead and started with Pride and Prejudice, just to prove to myself it wasn't worth the time.

One and a half days later, I finished. Sleep deprived, hungry and exhausted, but I finished! It was officially the first book I couldn't put down! It was SO amazing! Afterwards, I devoured every one of Jane Austen's novels, and I haven't stopped since.

Now, as my own daughter gets closer to this wonderfully draining attempt at teenhood, I wanted to share the same stories with her, but in a way she can relate to. I began to rewrite (More like channel) Pride & Popularity in the middle of March and was finished in just 6 weeks! All 25 chapters. It was such an amazing experience. Before I had even begun the long editing process new characters started to talk to me and hound me into writing their stories too.

I have 7 rambunctious kiddos and live in sunny New Mexico. When I'm not chasing my kids around the house, I'm dreaming of new amazing stories to write!

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