Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald

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Abby McDonald gives L.A. the Jane Austen treatment in this contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility. Hallie and Grace Weston have never exactly seen life eye to eye. So when their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife, forcing the girls to pack up and leave San Francisco for a relative’s house in shiny Beverly Hills, the two sisters take to their changing lot in typically different styles. Shy, responsible Grace manages to make friends with an upbeat, enterprising girl named Palmer but still yearns for her old life — and the maybe-almost-crush she left behind. Meanwhile, drama queen Hallie is throwing herself headlong into life — and love — in L.A., spending every second with gorgeous musician Dakota and warding off the attention of brooding vet Brandon. But is Hallie blinded by the stars in her eyes? And is Grace doomed to forever hug the sidelines?
 

About Abby McDonald

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Abby McDonald is the author of three other young adult novels: Sophomore Switch; Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots; and The Anti-Prom. Originally from England, Abby McDonald now lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Candlewick. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This modernization of Sense and Sensibility follows the classic book's basic plot, with the action set mostly in today's Hollywood.

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Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility gets another makeover in this soapy romp. McDonald (Getting Over Garrett Delaney) sticks closely to the original plot, while bringing the story into the present. Te

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This modernization of Sense and Sensibility follows the classic book's basic plot, with the action set mostly in today's Hollywood.

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Gr 8–10—Hallie and Grace couldn't be more different. Grace is practical and steady, while her older sister is given to hysterical fits and dramatic mood swings. So when their father dies unexpectedly, the siblings grieve in their own ways. When it's discovered that he left everything he owned to ...

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