Thursday, April 21, 2011

I was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison

Throughout the years, historical fiction has been a genre neglected among young people. I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend is the perfect example of historical fiction that would interest youths. Cora Harrison forms an enticing plot with intriguing characters.

The book’s protagonist is a young girl named Jenny Cooper. Her and her cousin/best friend, Jane Austen, are stuck going to a horrible girls boarding school. The walls have fungus on them and the headmistress is extremely mean. Jane suddenly falls ill and the headmistress doesn’t allow Jenny to send a letter home to Jane’s mother, so Jenny sneaks out at night and sends a letter to her aunt. This could prove devastating for her reputation in 18th century England. While delivering the letter she meets a Captain Thomas Williams. The two instantly fall in love, neither willing to admit it. Mrs. Austen then takes Jenny and Jane out of the boarding school. The rest of the book focuses on their lives in England and a few surprise twists that occur on the way.

On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this book an 8. It had a good plot with many twists and surprises while you delve deeper into the lives of the characters. This book can be read by both boys and girls. I highly recommend this book to all looking for something to read.

~Luke, Teen Book Reviewer

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