Geeking Out with Jane Austen!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Kelsey Edmundson is an obsessed, geeky, Jane Austen fan-girl. After a bad breakup or a disappointing day she doesn’t watch romantic comedies with a pint of ice cream, she turns to her beloved Pride and Prejudice to mend her broken heart and soothe her sorrows. After a particularly disastrous night of trying to get over her perfectly horrid ex-boyfriend, Kelsey once again retreats to the well-worn pages of Pride and Prejudice. Except that this time she somehow ends up in the pages of Pride and Prejudice. Like actually in a scene from the story and in the body of one of the characters! Talk about living out your geek-girl fantasy!
So what does Kelsey do when she discovers she is able to jump into characters and scenes of Pride and Prejudice? She does what any Jane Austen fan-girl would do! She tries to jump into Elizabeth Bennet, of course! Which, unfortunately is not as easy as one would hope. This novel-jumping ability didn’t come with a reader’s manual, so Kelsey is kind of learning things by trial and error. And even though she gets a good grasp of navigating the lives of Jane Austen’s minor characters, the rules of the game all seem to change when she inhabits the body of Elizabeth Bennet…
How I loved this über fun and incredibly unique novel by Jessica Grey! I’m finding it hard to decide which aspect of the story I took pleasure in the most – the Pride and Prejudice scene jumps where we hear Kelsey’s thoughts and interactions with Jane Austen’s characters, the modern-day bits where Kelsey has a bad habit of making a fool of herself in front of an adorable and available Australian cutie, or the hilarious and oh-so-appropriate movie, book, and geek-girl references! (Star Wars, Princess Bride, and Anne of Green Gables to name a few!)
Even though I loved and thoroughly appreciated all of Kelsey’s insightful and comedic experiences in Pride and Prejudice, I must admit that my favorite scenes were those between Kelsey and Mark. I just loved spotting all the cleverly reversed Pride and Prejudice parallels – Mark (like Elizabeth Bennet) overhears a rude comment from Kelsey the first night he meets her, Kelsey is reserved (like Darcy) and often retreats into herself when in uncomfortable social situations, which leaves Mark the challenge of trying to make out her character (like Elizabeth tries to do with Darcy). Both characters were likeable, accessible, original, and well-crafted. I loved observing their misunderstandings, heated debates, electric chemistry, and sweet yet blunder-filled romance. My only complaint is that their relationship seemed to pick up a little too much speed towards the end. It kind of got too serious too soon.
While Trekkies fantasize about being on board the Enterprise and Potterheads fantasize about being admitted to Hogwarts, it is probably the fantasy of every die-hard Janeite to meet Mr. Darcy…in the flesh. To see the iconic and brilliant hero as Jane Austen imagined him in her head. *sigh* In this inventive and stellar Austenesque novel by Jessica Grey, readers get to vicariously live through Kelsey Edmundson as her fan-girl dreams come true! I highly recommend!
7 out of 30 completed!