Sense and Sensibility
Updated: Jan 21
Age Range: 13 and up
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood have lived the life of privileged but not spoiled daughters of a high-status father until he dies. The sisters are forced to leave their house with their mother and another sister when their stepbrother inherits everything. Now living in a cousin's cottage, the sisters have to find their way in the world without a dowry for marriage. After twisting her ankle in the rain, Marianne suddenly finds herself in love with the handsome John Willoughby against the wishes of Elinor. Elinor herself hides her love for a man from everyone in her life because of his and her status. Both Elinor and Marianne go on a journey and discover more about themselves and the others around them and how things are not how they seem.
Sense and Sensibility was well written and very entertaining. I had to read this book for school, and it was so good. Jane Austen did a fantastic job in writing the story and coming up with all of the characters. From the moment I started to read Sense and Sensibility, I immediately liked the good characters and disliked the bad ones. In other books, authors portray the evil characters to make the reader think they are okay, but Miss Austen does not do that. She makes you sympathize with certain characters and feel everything that they believe.
This book deals a lot with status and money and how those two things can affect everything about a person and who a person marries. Elinor and Marianne experience the effects of class and status with where their station is in life. I loved this book, and I highly suggest everyone read Sense and Sensibility or one of the other books that Jane Austen wrote.
Things to mention: One of the very side characters was pregnant and not married.
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