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Lizzy Bennett in a Pair of Pink Chuck Taylors: Books for Teen Fans of Ms. Austen

Posted on January 13th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Do you still live with your parents, but long to spend time at a wealthy relation’s house in London? Do you have a Regency Era dress in your closet, but wonder if you can wear it to prom?  Do you find yourself attracted to guys with “brooding eyes”? Do your friends make fun of you for saying words like “brooding”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be a Jane Austen fan.

If you are an Austen fan, check out these modern teen reads inspired by the tales of Lady Jane…

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

by Polly Shulman
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

Epic Fail
by Claire LaZebnik
In this modern take on “Pride and Prejudice,” Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity couple.

Sass & Seredipity
by Jennifer Ziegler
Unlike her romantic sister, Gabby is down-to-earth and does not put her trust in relationships, but when the richest boy in school befriends her, she discovers that emotional barriers might actually be getting in the way of her happiness.

Or for some Funky Jane in Graphic Novel form, don’t miss:

Like Jane, but ready to try something new?  Try these three on for size…

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone
by Dene Low

Petronella’s fashionable friends are arriving at her country estate near London to celebrate her sixteenth birthday and her coming out party. During the festivities, important guests are disappearing, kidnapping notes are appearing, many of the clues are insects, and Uncle Augustus (who has developed a bug eating compulsion) is surreptitiously devouring evidence.

Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.
by Shannon Hale
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.


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