Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.
One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.
After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?
As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.
*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*
When I read the synopsis for ‘Attempting Elizabeth’, I was super excited about it. I’ve read a book about a girl that jumped into a novel a year ago and I totally loved it, so I was eager to read something similar. Plus, the cover was really funny and the synopsis promising.
“Attempting Elizabeth” didn’t disappoint me. It was as good as as fun as I expected it. I had a great time reading it and I will remember it for a long time. It put a big smile on my face. J
To be honest, until I started reading the book I’ve forgot part of the synopsis. So when we find Kelsey in “Pride and Prejudice” I was pretty surprised and the surprise was good. Such a great plot twist! Now don’t tell me that you’ve never imagined yourself as your favorite character, because I won’t believe it. When I was a child, I imagined myself as Bella Swan a thousand times. So Kelsey’s craziness about Elizabeth Bennett wasn’t exactly craziness, if you understand what I mean.
The plot is suuuper original and unique! Not only because of the jumping-into-another-novel thing, but because of the way Kels and Mark’s relationship develop. A great thing about this novel is that the main character don’t jump into a relationship without knowing each other. And if I remember correctly, it was past 50% when they kissed and I so appreciated this thing. I am sick of NA books where the main character hook right after they meet.
Kels is so weird around Mark that it made me laugh. But he is as weird as she is around her, so they were perfect for each other. I liked their conversations: they were smart, funny,substantial and flirty. This book has great dialogues, the kind that aren’t shallow.
Even though the plot is very captivating, there were times when I felt like the action was a little dragged and it bored me. Most of the time I was reading like a maniac, trying to see what will happen next with Kels, but sometimes I was, like I said, a little bored.
Kelsey was insane. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand her need of seeing what is like to be in her favorite character’s skin, but she was insane. Seriously, who would’ve jumped in a novel without having the security that they will come back? I wouldn’t have done it, to be honest. There was a great possibility that she didn’t come back. She also annoyed me a little with tat obsession of hers for Mr. Darcy. Kels, you have a hotter guy than Darcy waiting for you and you are wasting your time on something false?
The writing style is sooo awesome! I loved it! It’s cursive, funny sometimes, dramatic other times, and beautiful. It’s the kind of writing style I like. Also, Jessica is a hell of an author. Her imagination is endless. She did a great job creating her world and, as I said, her writing style is ah-mazing!
Mark’s character wasn’t that great portrated. Yes, I understood that he is good looking, but his personality is a little unknown to me. I don’t really know what he is like, except of smart and funny. I would’ve liked to get to know him better. I felt like the author focuses more on his looks than on his personality.
The atmosphere was soooooooo awesome! It was something between old and modern – Price and Prejudice + Attempting Elizabeth. All the scenes from ‘Price and Prejudice’ made me want to read the book again. I’ve read it when I was a child, so I don’t remember much of it. But I will as sure read it soon, thanks to Jessica. Btw, it’s obviously that she is a huge fan of this book. 😉
Overall, ‘Attempting Elizabeth’ is a beautiful love story that made me smile. I really recommend it to every fan of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and of love stories will love it. J
Rate: 4 stars out of 5
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