Friday, July 13, 2012
My Jane Austen Summer...Review
Lily has squeezed herself into undersized relationships all her life, hoping one might grow as large as those found in the Jane Austen novels she loves. But lately her world is running out of places for her to fit. So when her bookish friend invites her to spend the summer at a Jane Austen literary festival in England, she jumps as the chance to reinvent herself.
There, among the rich, promising world of Mansfield Park reenactments, Lily finds people whose longing to live in a novel equals her own. But real-life problems have a way of following you wherever you go, and Lily’s accompany her to England. Unless she can change her ways, she could face the fate of so many of Miss Austen’s characters, destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. My Jane Austen Summer explores how we fall in love, how we come to know ourselves better, and how it might be possible to change and be happier in the real world.
This was just a story that tried to hard to be something special. The characters weren't at all likeable and I didn't care about them. There were too many moving parts and, on the whole, it just didn't mesh together well for me.
I think the author is a talented writer, and it's apparent that Mansfield Park is not only her favorite Austen novel, but she has devoted much time to studying commentaries about it. It was all just too much for me. 2 stars for the clever premise, but other than that, don't bother.
Personal copy read 6/12