by LaZebnik, Claire

With her signature witty narration and swoonworthy romance, Claire LaZebnik once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story: Jane Austen’s Emma.

Ellie Withers is definitely not spoiled, so she wishes that George Nussbaum would stop implying that she is. It’s not her fault that her stepfather became a TV star and now they live in a big house and people fawn over her wherever she goes. She doesn’t even like being fawned over. Fortunately, her two closest friends understand her a lot better than George: Heather Smith loved her before she even knew who Ellie’s stepfather was, and handsome Aaron Marquand has a father who’s just as famous.

With Aaron back in town and very much in her life, Ellie feels like things are just fine—or would be if her mother hadn’t hired George to tutor her. George has a habit of making Ellie feel a little less sure of herself, a little less on top of the world, a little less right about everything. It’s almost like he wants her to be a better person than she is.

When Ellie’s plans for her family, her friends, and even her love life don’t turn out the way she imagined, she begins to wonder if maybe she could stand to learn a thing or two after all... and whether it’s possible—or even likely—that the perfect person to teach her is the last person she’d expect.

Claire LaZebnik is the author of seven books. Her first novel, Same As It Never Was was made into an ABC Family TV movie, retitled Hello Sister, Goodbye Life. Her two young adult novels, Epic Fail, The Trouble with Flirting, and The Last Best Kiss were published by HarperTeen. She has been published in many magazines, most recently Self and Ladies Home Journal and has contributed short stories and essays to several anthologies.

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Jane Austen fans will have fun finding the clever parallels in this contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice, while Austen innocents can just sit back and enjoy the romance. (praise for Epic Fail)

Quote: Polly Shulman

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