From the back of the book:
It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett’s teacher is assigning Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. From nowhere comes a quiet “tsk” of displeasure. The target: Same Blaine, the cute bad boys who’s teasing Ellie mercilessly, just as he has since kindergarten. Entirely unbidden, as Jane might say, the author’s ghost has taken up residence in Ellie’s mind, and seems determined to stay there.
Jane’s wise and witty advice guides Ellie through the hell of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts, usually far more than her own. Years and boyfriends come and go – sometimes a little too quickly, sometimes not nearly fast enough. But Jane’s counsel is constant, and on the subject of Sam, quite insistent. Stay away, Jane demands. He is you Mr. Wickham.
Still, everyone has something to learn about love – perhaps even Jane herself. And lately, the voice in Ellie’s head is being drowned out by another, urging her to look beyond everything she though she knew and seek out her very own, very unexpected, happy ending…
This book will definitely be on my top ten list for this year. The story follows Ellie from a teenager to her college years and beyond. I loved how we got a whole look at her life instead of just the glimpse we are usually given in books. Ellie’s relationships with Jane, her family, and men are complicated and real. There is a lot of kissing frogs and trying to find out who she is and what she wants. Jane gives her advice that sometimes is right and sometimes is wrong. I don’t want to give away to much, because I think EVERYONE should read this book.
And three lucky commenters will get a chance to win their own signed copy of ACCORDING TO JANE. Ms. Brant was kind enough to send me some extra ARCs to give out as prizes during my Jane Austen week. Leave a comment on this post with a what you would want your internal Jane to say to you. I would want her help in knowing the right thing to say in hard situations. I never know what to say. Contest will be open until Saturday at midnight. Winners must check back to see if there name is drawn. US addresses only please.
the book girl gives ACCORDING TO JANE 5/5!
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