Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pride & Popularity by Jenni James

Pride & Popularity (The Jane Austen Diaries, #1)

Title: Pride & Popularity
Author: Jenni James
Jane Austen Diaries, #1
Published: July 13, 2011
Publisher:  Inkberry Press
Format: e-book
Source: own

Chloe Hart can’t stand Taylor Anderson, the school hottie that seems to have his own fan club. Ever since her encounter with him at a basketball game, she vowed to stay away from him.

Now, she’s in her senior year of high school and is looking forward to a great school year that is until she finds out Taylor has art with her. He’s always finding ways to joke with her, and it bugs her to death.

Her best friends, Madison and Alyssa, claim that he likes her, but his long list of girlfriends and admiring girls makes Chloe think otherwise. Can Chloe see that Taylor doesn’t fit her stereotype of the “popular crowd”?

I’ve wanted to read this one for so long. I’ve seen several reviews of Jenni James’ books and read the first book in her Faerie Tale Collection and loved it. I finally convinced myself to start the Jane Austen Diaries series, and I was not disappointed. This series is very clean and is definitely a fresh breath of air in young adult fiction.

I loved reading about the banter between Taylor and Chloe. I was definitely rooting for Taylor, even though I didn’t like he went from girl to girl. There were several times I did get annoyed at Taylor, but things are explained near the end. I hate to admit it, but I’ve never read a book by Jane Austen. I still don’t know if I want to because I don’t like classic fiction for the most part. I definitely do recommend picking this up if you like sweet, young adult contemporary romances.


  1. Great review! I don't usually read contemporaries, but this sounds like a sweet read with great characters. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love Jane Austen! However, I also love the COntemporary retellings of her stories. I think because everyone has their own take, but also because there are no more stories coming from Jane Austen. It is a way to get my Austen fix without reading her books over an over, not that I haven't. I have read her books multiple times and love them every time I read them.
    I had picked up the sample for this for my Kindle, but wasn't so sure about it.
    I think I'll give it a go, though.
    Great review! Thanks for helping me make up my mind.
    Tammy @