Fall For You by Cecilia Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review for this blog tour
Genre: Contemporary YA
Book Description: Jane Austen meets Pretty Little Liars in this fresh, new young-adult series!
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The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. Please. They need to stay focused on something that lasts much longer: an acceptance letter from an Ivy.
But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it's about to turn the Academy--and the lives of its students--totally upside down...
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To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He's a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She's a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It's obvious that Dante thinks he's way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.
But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie's quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets... Secrets Lizzie can't seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries.
My thoughts: It's not a secret that "Pride and Prejudice" is one of my all time favorite books. I love it. Jane Austen was a master story teller. I fell in love with her writing in the Advanced Placement English class my senior year of High School.
I also enjoy the retellings. Anything that is in the spirit of Jane Austen and is written well will be a win for me.
Lizzie is the editor of her school paper. She happens to go to Jane Austen Academy. It was previously and all girls school. This year it is under new ownership and is now co-ed. While most young women would be thrilled with this development, Lizzie is not. This is more competition for a scholarship that she has been working for. Not to mention that there is talk of changing the name of the school.
Her nemesis is Dante. The attractive, rich, and reclusive new student. While his stand-off attitude is a deterrent, there is something about him that she finds herself being pulled to. She is also facing the problem of her best friend becoming closer to someone else. Doesn't look like it will be a good year for her.
This book does have humor. Of course, it isn't Jane, but it is great for todays world. I think teens would have an easier time understanding this book and it may spark an interest in the classic.
It's clean, quick, and fun to read.
About Cecelia: Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Several of her titles - including A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Next Door #1) and An Illicit Engagement (The Gentlemen Next Door #2) - have spent, in her view, a shocking amount of time on bestseller lists for romance, historical romance and regency romance in the US, UK, Italy and Spain.
Her latest release, FALL FOR YOU, the first in a series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings received a starred Kirkus review and was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling action of action, drama and love.”
She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.
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Where can you get a copy?
- Amazon :Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #1: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice)
- Barnes & Noble