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Worst Impressions: a Teen Romantic Comedy (The Jane Series Book 1) by [Brady, K.L.]
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About the Author

K.L. Brady is a D.C. native and an alumnus of the University of the District of Columbia and University of Maryland where she earned a B.A. in economics and then her M.B.A., respectively. She works as an analyst for a major government contracting firm.

Product Details

  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: LadyLit Press (March 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RW54YY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jlynn on December 10, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book and so many people young and old needs to read it as well. It gives plenty of insight on the pressures of life. Not just peer pressure but the pressure we parents can unexpectedly put on our children believing we are doing something by hiding them from the world. I appreciate the fact that you allowed each character to come into their own and to learn a valuable lesson along the way. If your looking for a cute love story this is a good read. If your looking for a book that will teach you and a your child a lesson without pointing fingers or boring you this is the perfect book.
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Oh man. I wanted this to work. It was a pick of the day from BookLending.com and only $.99. I love the original, and I wanted so very much for this to work.

It just didn't.

The "urban" language turned me off. It's SO overdone here. I don't mind an "a'ight" or three, but not every other phrase needs to be "real", you know? Even my family members who can successfully pull off this mode of speaking don't do so all the time, and none of us are anywhere near upper-middle class.

Wedging Pride & Prejudice into modern re-tellings doesn't always work well - when the stakes are less than marriage, the story loses something. That's definitely the case with this Worst Impressions, only it suffers additionally from the conversion to high school drama. The pettiness somehow feels even less tolerable for being carried out by high school students; I certainly couldn't respect the relationships at the end knowing that they're just teenagers. (Yes, I know Lizzy was 20 in the original story, but 20 two hundred years ago meant something different than 20 these days.)

I think the best change in this update was the character of Mrs. Bennet. No longer a woman desperate to marry her daughters off, she's now a mother determined to keep her daughters from fooling around with any high school boys at all. I love it! She's just as obsessed and obnoxious as the original Mrs. B, and it works well. Also in the plus column: a gentler Mr. Collins figure. It works without being overly cruel.

The squicky underage sex story? Still squicky here.

All in all, I think I might have forgiven more if I wasn't frustrated by the language before I hit the third chapter. That's my hang-up, though: if you read the sample and it doesn't bug you, then you may enjoy this update of a classic.
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This is my first time reading a Teen book since I was a teen myself. Usually I don't read these books anymore but I am glad I checked out this one. It made me think back to my teen years and how over protective your parents can be especially when you are a girl. I love to read romantic comedies and this book had me cracking up from begining to end. First I didn't know who I wanted Liz to be with because Darcell was such a jerk. Then Darcell grew on me and I started rooting for him. Jeni and Charles are two that I liked too. Didn't to much care for the other sisters Lydia and Kat but hey, you have them in every family! I have read another one of Ms. Brady's book and she has yet to dissapoint me. She is a great author and I look forward to more of her books in the future! Even if teen lit. is not your thing, you should really think about giving this book a try! Happy Reading! :-)
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I think I got this book for free during a promotion, so I was unsure if it would be good or not (some free or cheap books are filled with spelling and grammar mistakes, but not this one!) The story line was surprisingly good, even if it was about high school students, it wasn't a cheesy teen romance (in my opinion). I'll probably read more by this author.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was a pleasent read. I thought it was romantic, but not a comedy. I think it was more serious than anything. But, overall a goodread and I do recommend others to read this book!
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I felt this was a very good book which touched on the things teens go through in a perfect way. K.L. is an excellent writer & this was the first book I'd read from her, & I will definitely be reading more of her books.
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Ms Brady did an awesome job of paying tribute to the late great Jane Austen as well as rendering a true representation of our race; African American:) From the very moment I read the first sentence, she had me hooked. This book now holds a place on my favorites shelf. It is a perfect combination of true love and sass all in one.
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I'm a huge Jane Austen fan and Pride & Prejudice is my best book ever. That being said - I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not everyone can write an updated P&P book and get away with it. The writer was able to pull off a black/ghetto version of P&P and still retain the humor, warmth, joy and hope of the original book.

It's a great read and very funny, I found myself cracking up with laughter many times in the book. Liz is a strong character with a mind of her own, Jeni is a modern day "Jane" without being too goody-goody (as the original Jane was) and I loved the updated Mrs. Bennett as someone who wanted the girls to go to College and succeed without making too many mistakes along the way (teenage pregnancy, anyone?) instead of a mother hell-bent on getting her daughters married. The sense of family that you get throughout the book is commendable. I thought the writer glossed over the risk of having unprotected sex with a teenage Don-Juan. There are some STD's that can't be cured by a "penicillin shot".

My only "ick" factor in the book is that the author has no problems with siblings (Liz & Jeni) dating siblings (Darcelle & Charles). Uck.... can anyone truly get away with that in the real world? Other than that, it's a good read for a cozy night home.
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