This is pretty much my favorite book of all time, so of course I had to review it first! This is Jane Austen’s most popular book, and the first one she wrote, although Sense and Sensibility was published first.
My Rating: Five stars
My Summary: The second of five sisters, Elizabeth Bennet is her father’s favorite. She’s lively, witty, and a lady through and through. But alas, not all her family is as respectable as they ought to be, and, through no fault of her own, her gentle sister Jane’s budding romance has seemingly collapsed. Elizabeth blames it all on the haughty Mr. Darcy, who is openly scornful of the Bennet family. To add to all this, a charming new acquaintance reveals shocking information about the proud man whom even ten-thousand pounds a year cannot make attractive.
As Elizabeth’s friends find husbands and marry, she is left to resist the efforts of her overbearing mother to marry her off, mourn over her younger sisters’ lack of propriety, and her father’s neglect of his proper role.
A surprise proposal and a painful letter cause everything Elizabeth thought she knew to crash down around her, and reveals the prejudice that has long been growing in her heart. But is there any hope for Jane or herself when a sudden twist threatens to destroy the Bennet family?
The Style: This book is, of course, written a long time ago, so some of the sentences are a bit hard to understand. But if you take your time, the mature reader should have no problems.
The Moral of the Story… Although the book isn’t screaming I’M MORAL, it certainly has helped me know the right from wrong in some situations, and Elizabeth’s example as a true lady has been a positive thing for me personally.
Who Should Read This? Due to the slight difficulty of the style of writing and the mention of elopements, which is not in detail, I would say this book is a great read for anyone over the age of 13.