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Enthusiasm Paperback – September 6, 2007
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Shake your head, laugh, and run right alongside her as she scurries from one new passion to another.
Ashleigh is an utterly exhuberant sophomore who grabs onto a new interest every few weeks and throws herself into it head-first. Julie, her best friend and next-door neighbor since childhood, has supported and weathered through all of Ashleigh's phases. She is six inches taller and much quieter than her friend, preferring a good book to an escapade.
One day, Ashleigh finally reads one of Julie's favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. Suddenly, Ashleigh decides that life would be grand if it were more like Austen's works. She dons long skirts, uses Victorian phrases, and plans to crash a formal dance at an all-boys school. She talks Julie into coming along with her, though they do not have tickets nor formal invitations.
As luck would have it, a Mysterious Stranger - the cute boy Julie has seen in town half a dozen times but never really spoken to - happens to be there. His name is Parr, and he is quite the gentleman. By the end of the night, Ashleigh is smitten with Parr. Ever the selfless one, Julie doesn't tell her best friend that she likes Parr too. When Ashleigh and Julie get involved in a contemporary musical version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Parr's school, things get even more complicated - and funny, and fun.
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman is, in a word, adorable. This is a sweet story about friendship, families, and following your heart. The characters are good kids, and you'll root for them. The story is good, clean fun, with a touch of its own slang (ie "ig" or "igsome" for someone or something the girls don't find appealing).Read more ›
Perhaps one of the things I liked the most about the book was the fact that the young females of the book were quite intelligent and sensible. I have found that in most literature for this age group, the author is compelled to make protagonist a total fool that doesn't know what is what, merely to create drama. Shulman does not have to stoop to that low to make the book interesting. She keeps the story upbeat without sacrificing reality.
This book will have you jumping with excitement and delight.
Ashleigh's enthusiasm leads the two girls from one hilarious adventure to another. Convincingly narrated by Julie, ENTHUSIASM takes PRIDE AND PREJUDICE as only one of its literary themes. It is modeled less after any specific Austen book or Shakespearean plot than it is the classic themes of mixed identities, secret crushes, and keen social observation.
The book is deliciously light without being trite, and (biggest surprise of all) it actually had some decent poetry in it, including one fabulous acrostic poem around which much of the narrative centers. Touches of poetry appear throughout, including a hilarious first conversation between Julie and her love interest, modeled on the sonnet dialogue that accompanies first meetings in Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET.
In many ways the book shares more parallels with Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY than it does PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Julie plays the pragmatic Eleanor Dashwood to Ashleigh's more emotional Marianne. Like Eleanor Dashwood, Julie hides her true feelings for fear of hurting a friend. Her love interest is more like Mr. Ferrars than Mr.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews
I have read this book 3 times already and I will more than willingly read it again and again.Published 19 months ago by Zoe Sanders
I remember really liking this book and I would highly recommend it.Published 20 months ago by Selena#1
As an adult, people find it strange I read YA, but Polly Shulman is a wonderful author and this boom another great read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Rennie
I am prejudiced in favor of this author since I attended high school with her and we worked together on the alternate literary magazine she founded. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by L. B. Kacir
When I picked this book up from the library, I was expecting a modernized "Pride and Prejudice." It's not. They just talk about Austen a lot. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Debbie
Cute read and the characters are adorable, even if the cover is a little ugly (in my opinion). It all felt true to high school, with the crushes, misunderstandings and awkward... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Tiana Smith
Julie's best friend Ashleigh, is an Entusiast. She gets really into something and it consumes not only her life, but any life in her proximity too. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Brittany Moore
I absolutely adore this book. It's relatable and endearing, and kind of perfect for any mood. You can read it during summertime, winter, after school on a rainy day, or late at... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Nayla