The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love

147866Title: The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love
Author: Rosie Rushton
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Summary: Although nothing to write home about, this modernization of Sense and Sensibility was a cute, fun read.

Like the book, this review is going to be a quick, easy read. The plot is almost exactly that of Sense and Sensibility, just a modernized version. My first reaction was disappointment that the author didn’t even try to copy Austen’s beautiful prose or understated humor. Once I got past that, I was better able to enjoy the book for what it was. Elinor and Marianne were both updated very nicely. Like the actions of Austen’s characters, the update wasn’t predictable but just felt right. Of course Elinor would be good at academics! Of course Marianne would act! I was also impressed by the way the update translated events with no modern equivalent. For instance, some of the social constraints on the original characters’ actions have no longer exist, but the author managed to come up with suitable substitutes.

Objectively, I think this probably deserves two starts. The characters were two-dimensional stereotypes and I occasionally found their actions unbelievable. The writing wasn’t anything special. But when I finished it, I would have said I liked it. I had fun reading it and enjoyed seeing the author’s creativity in making the update, so three stars it is.

Do you ever feel like a book “objectively” deserves a different numbers of stars than the rating you want to give it? If so, which rating do you go with?

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Filed under Fiction, Re-telling, Young Adult

6 responses to “The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love

  1. I’m kind of tired of Austen retellings so I probably won’t seek this book out.

  2. I still need to read Sense & Sensibility… But yes, I do oftentimes find that a book might deserve a different rating than I want to give it. I usually give it the higher rating and then talk about why. There are a few books (like this one) that I couldn’t relate to on a personal level but that I could appreciate the value of for those who COULD relate to it.

    • If you feel it deserves a good rating either because of how you felt about it OR because it was a good book, it’s not inaccurate to give it the better rating so I think always going with the higher rating is a really nice thing to do. As long as you explain how you feel, you’re not misleading your readers and you’re also not lowering the rating of a book you might recommend to people with different taste in books. I like it 🙂

  3. Yeah, I do feel like that sometimes. Actually yesterday I experienced the opposite; I just read a book called Be Awesome, and while I agreed and enjoyed, I didn’t enjoy it enough to give it a higher star rating.

    I don’t think I would write Marianne as an actor, she can’t hide her emotions, Marianne would be a musician or a in my mind. If anything I would have Eleanor being the actress hiding herself and Marianne in a career where she can be flighty, like fashion or music.

    • I’ve experienced it the other way too 🙂 Sometimes I feel like a book deserves a good rating because it’s well written, but I still didn’t enjoy it enough to want to rate it very well.

      Interesting! I thought that Marianne would enjoy being an actor because she’s always so melodramatic, but you could be right. She is not good at concealing her true emotions so she might not be able to act well either.

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