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Sept. 25, 2014
Agnes Grey
3.5 starsThe ending seemed a little sudden, although it was what I expected from this novel: a happy ending. I had expected Agnes to have more trouble with her governess work: her first family was horrible (the children were complete brats!) but the second wasn't bad at all (aside from the Lady of the house). I was also kind of surprised that she only worked for two families: the first for about a year and the second for 3-4 years.
Sept. 25, 2014
Emma
I'm not going to say I hated this one, but it has to be my least favorite Jane Austen book so far (I've read Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Mansfield Park & Northanger Abbey). This was really the first one I've read by her, but I read it in high school and completely hated it! I am glad that I gave it a second chance, since I liked it a lot more the second time around. Emma came across as very spoiled and a complete snob for the vast majority of the book. If I hadn't skimmed the cliffnotes, Emma being in love with Knightly would have completely dumbfounded me.
Sept. 25, 2014
Jane Eyre
I feel like I should have a lot to say about this book, but I really don't. I have to remember that I really shouldn't read the cliffnotes summary of a book before I've read it (I just wanted to know where the story was going, since I was still at the part about Jane's childhood). Reading the cliffnotes meant I already knew the drama with the almost marriage that was stopped because the man was already married. I think me already knowing messed with the plot some, since the big reveal had no effect on me.
Sept. 25, 2014
Mansfield Park
Although Austen's books are labeled romance, they often have very little romance in them. This book has Fanny in love with her cousin and completely aware of it, but he doesn't love her back until the very last chapter.
Sept. 25, 2014
Pride and Prejudice
At first, I agreed with Elizabeth about Mr Darcy and couldn't figure out why so many people love him so much. Still not completely sure I understand it, but okay. I think my favorite thing about this book is that neither one of them is perfect. There are a lot of things that could have been avoided if they'd been willing to really talk to each other, but I can't really blame them for not doing so. I was really surprised that Mr. Darcy assumed Elizabeth would say yes to his proposal. I really can't blame her for saying no. I understand that marriage did not (and does not, for that matter) equal/require love, but I think there has to be at least some affection on both parts for it to work out well, and that's just a start! She almost hated him at that point, so I think if she'd said yes it would have become a complete mess for both of them. I don't completely believe the love without really talking thing, but okay. I would have liked it better if they'd spent some time together before he confessed to loving her. It didn't seem all that believable to me the way it was. They never even really talked! I did like that her refusal of his proposal make him think about how people saw him, but I don't really like that he changed for her (for himself, too, I hope, but it didn't really seem
Sept. 25, 2014
Northanger Abbey
What is with me and Jane Austen? I liked this book, mostly for the parts that are a parody of Gothic novels. I like Gothic novels, don't misunderstand but it shows how perception has an effect on our minds. Catherine expected visiting the Abbey to be like the Gothic novels she's so found of, so she saw things that where like the Gothic novels even after her first view of the abbey was nothing like she expected. The romance seemed second to Catherine's adventures in Bath and visiting the Abbey. It was there, but if I hadn't known it was a romance I wouldn't have expected it.
Sept. 25, 2014
Persuasion
My favorite thing about this one is that Anne is older than Jane Austen's other heroines. (not much of a review, I know)
Sept. 25, 2014
Sense and Sensibility
I liked this one a lot more than I liked Emma (even after my second reading of said book completed just two days ago). It is, perhaps, unfair to compare the two, since Emma is the wealthiest of all Jane Austen's heroines and the Dashwoods are well off, but not really rich. I found several characters within the book to hate, but (unlike some of the char in Emma) I didn't hate any of the main characters.
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