- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142409359
- ISBN-13: 978-0142409350
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"When someone asks for a reading suggestion, Enthusiasm is the first word off my tongue." --Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga
"Enthusiasm, like Pride and Prejudice, bubbles over with romantic misunderstandings and comic confusion." --New York Times Book Review, an Editors' Choice book
"Enthusiasm has the makings of an instant classic!" --Time magazine
"A fanciful romance . . . delightfully wholesome." --Newsday
*"Wry [and] engaging . . . an impressive first novel."--Booklist, starred review
"A charming romantic comedy!"--SLJ
"Witty exchanges, comic errors and miscommunications that could be taken right out of a Jane Austen novel. Readers [will be] caught up in this debut novel's romantic whimsy and humor."--Publishers Weekly
"Equal parts romance and farce, this novel is an enjoyable read. Julie's wry voice and self-deprecating humor will make the conclusion satisfying."--VOYA
About the Author
Polly Shulman is also the author of The Grimm Legacy (a Bank Street Best Book and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist) and its companion novel, The Wells Bequest. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Discover, Newsday, Salon, Slate, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Archaeology, and The Village Voice. She has never dared to crash a dance, but when she was in high school she sometimes wrote her math homework in rhyme and meter. She majored in math at Yale and grew up in New York City, where she lives with her husband in a tall old building guarded by gargoyles.
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This is a book of comedy as well as romance and of course includes teen issues of family, friendship, and first loves. It was very well written and interesting especially finding all the Jane Austen and other literary references. The author has depicted teen age relationships extremely well. And her poetry is terrific. (Parr is a poet). And I found myself really starting to feel everything that the heroine of the story was going through. As Parr would walk into the coffee shop she was patronizing, my heartbeat sped up just like the Julie's. It is a clean, sweet story that I would recommend for pre-teen girls and up.
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I hope the author will write many more books, including more about these characters.
I think it helps to have read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" first, or at least to have seen one of the movie versions (but read the book, too!).
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