Age Range: 13 and up
Reading Level: High School and Adult
'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.'
Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.
Summary from Goodreads
I always thought Pride and Prejudice would be my favorite novel by Jane Austin, but I was wrong. Emma is by far one of the best books I have ever read (even better than the movie)! I was captivated from the first page and couldn't stop reading until I finished. Emma has been on my list of books to read for a while now, and I finally read it after being assigned to read it in school, and I am so glad that it was.
Like all of Jane Austin's works, Emma was excellently written and engaging, but what stands it apart from the rest is that it is also witty, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. I can't even describe how much I loved and enjoyed this novel!
Emma Woodhouse is very intellectual and amusing, but sometimes she can be ignorant about the feelings of those around her and her own feelings. I personally loved Emma's character, even all her flaws, because she is so much like a real person and not some made-up character. Emma starts at the novel's beginning being ignorant and a bit vain, but by the end, she learns so much about herself and is humble, knowledgeable, and more of a kind person who thinks more of others than herself.
Although I loved Emma, Mr. Knightly is my favorite character! I used to think I loved Mr. Darcy, but when I met Mr. Knightley, I couldn't believe I had stayed away from Emma for so long.
The novel Emma is funny, witty, sad, enjoyable, and romantic and overall a delightful and fun light book. I recommend it to all ages and in all stages of life!
Things to Mention: Some gypsies assault two characters on the road but nothing happens.
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