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To view it, click here. I suppose it is said to be only inspired but oh the poor Colonel! He is turned to be this bleah friend of Elinor and Elinor is such a bitch and Edward Ferrars is disgusting and Marianne is just a brat with no redeeming qualities. This book had no redeeming qualities. I spent the entire thing thinking, the plot twist will be that Willoughby is gay. Well, he wasn't and it was almost a disappointment. I also spent the whole book wondering where on earth Colonel Brandon was, and when I realized it was Elinor's thought to be gay friend, I just died. Oh, and Elinor was a bitch.

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Feb 25, Candace rated it did not like it. I really wanted to like this book. I could not stand either one of these sisters, until there were maybe 10 pages left in the book. By then it was way too late. The author just did not do a good job of making either of the girls a character one would sympathize with at all! In fact, there were moments where I disliked each of them so severely that I wanted to throw my book across the room.

I couldn't, because I read it on my nook! Their friend Mule was the only redeeming character f I really wanted to like this book. Their friend Mule was the only redeeming character for me, but it wasn't enough to make me like this book. Jun 28, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: I felt that the characters were too shallow and the "happy endings" unrealistic. How did both characters end up with boys they had hardly ever spoken to before?

I might be interested in a sequel if this was straightened out and more depth was given to the relationship elements. In fact, for a book that claims to be about the relationship between sisters there was very little interaction. It was more about two separate viewpoints from characters that just happened to be sisters. Dec 30, Esperanza rated it really liked it. A cute retelling of Pride and Prejudice but set in rural Texas. We get to see Gabby and Daphne Rivera struggle with small town issues and a constant hatred of each other.

Older sister Gabby tries to help their single mother try and get enough money that survive and keep themselves in a decent home. She is trying to work at the local movie theatre while struggling with her classes and get a high enough average to get a scholarship and out of this town for good. Daphne is fifteen and on the jv chee A cute retelling of Pride and Prejudice but set in rural Texas. Her head is always in the clouds and looks for true love everywhere she can.

When new boy Luke walks in, Daphne falls totally in love with him, sending her into dreams of the two of them in blissful love forever. Gabby has Mule, a sadly nicknamed Samuel , but is always her friend and they constantly hang out, even when Gabby is grouchy, which is a lot of the time.

Jan 08, Jordyn rated it liked it Shelves: While Gabby, the headstrong, man-hating, angry-but-responsible older sister puts all she has into helping her mother and scoring a scholarship to pay for college, Daphne is flighty, insanely cheerful, and self-absorbed as she always imagines that her perfect guy is right around the corner. The current object of her affections is Luke, the new boy at school who reads Jane Eyre and saves her from tumbling down a flight of stairs. For Gabby, her younger sister's obsession with boys and "true love" is exhausting at best and madly infuriating at worst.

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After their parents' divorce, Gabby took her mom's side wholeheartedly and decided that all men are scum and the only person you can really depend on is yourself. Meanwhile, Daphne blames her mother for the divorce and doesn't understand why her sister is so against falling in love -- something Daphne apparently tends to do a lot. Gabby and Daphne have the most obvious characteristics of the Dashwood sisters -- namely that one is boring and distrustful while the other is flighty and romantic -- and at least in the beginning these traits overtake the characters.

At first it was hard to stomach Gabby, a girl whose one friendship with a boy called Mule mostly consists of her complaining about Her studies, the prom-obsessed teens around them, and most of all her irresponsible little sister. As is pointed out rather early in the story, Gabby has a mean streak a mile wide.

Typically I have a difficult time empathizing with such a mean character, but with Gabby we eventually discover that her reasons for being so mean and distrustful are actually pretty legit.

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Not only is her family about to lose their home, but she's relied on to help a good deal with finances as well as putting pressure on herself to get a full scholarship. This, added to the "secret" of Gabby's past made for a character that, while I didn't always like her, I found myself able to understand a bit more. And Daphne, though selfish and flighty, was easier for me to understand. She believes in classic-romance-novel love stories and is just waiting to live out her own.

She's a girl with a lot of emotions and though her willingness to be her emotional self means often having a selfish attitude, it also means that she often feels on the outskirts of her sex-obsessed, true-love-shunning peers, even those she considers her best friends. And the thing is, though Daphne's selfishness was huge compared to her sister, she wasn't really that selfish.

Aside from constantly promising to try and get a job and then bailing at the chance to hang out with Luke, most of her selfishness just equated to wanting to have a "typical" teenage life. Spending her money on a dress for prom instead of helping to pay the rent, having a crush on a boy even though her sister thought she was being ridiculous and stupid.

Like her sister, Daphne was dealing with her own issues -- the disconnect she felt between how she wanted life and love to be and how they actually were, as well as not understanding why her parents got a divorce or why she couldn't see her father more often. This isn't to say that either of those things are bad, because I actually think that the way this story comes together works very well.

The family history isn't delved into too much, but it's still obvious how their parents' divorce has affected the sisters very differently and deeply. While Daphne runs off in pursuit of love in the form of Luke, who she thinks to be perfect, Gabby runs from the very idea of romance. She changes the subject when her best guy friend repeatedly brings up the subject of Prom and accuses a former classmate of being sexist and thinking her and her family weak when he offers to help them move some boxes.

There were many moments when I wanted to yell at both of the sisters as they continued to make iffy decisions in their love lives, but the way the book builds and the way each character even secondary ones is written makes it easy to understand why each of the girls acts the way she does, even when it seems to be ridiculous. Part of the reason the book can get away with having some fairly silly personality traits and decisions for these characters is because there really is a character arc here.

Both sisters change and grow for the better! Though the sisters' personalities were extreme, they were justified and strongly-felt. However, I can't say the same about the setting. This book is set in a small Texas town that both girls often describe as redneck, but it didn't feel like a small town. There was some Texas-style dialogue "y'all" comes to mind , but the atmosphere of the novel did not feel as if it took place in a specific small town setting.

Instead, I got the feeling that this story and these characters could have just as easily lived in the suburbs or a sprawling city. They could have been anywhere and for me, a reader who loves strong settings, I kind of wished the book had taken place just anywhere, in some nondescript place. I would have liked for the plot and characters to take over completely, without having the nagging feeling about the setting being not quite right. But I do realize I'm a bit more particular about settings than most are and overall this was a very cute, successful modern retelling of the classic that I love.

Nov 15, Amber rated it liked it. Sass and Serendipity was really good. Alongside sibling fights, and other mishaps, were sweet little romances, and complicated little problems. Her description of everything wowed me, and I could relate a lot. If you really want to read a good book with lots and lots of fights, daydreamers, mishaps, and romances, this book is for you.

Since I can tolerate all books that are not boring, I can enjoy various books. But if you are the serious type, non girly, reading agatha christie, i can relate Sass and Serendipity was really good. But if you are the serious type, non girly, reading agatha christie, i can relate type, than this book is not for you. I over all had a really good time reading, though I took one break at the beginning and then just read the whole thing in a day.

It overwhelmed me, and was pretty good. However, I have read and written way to many books, so Thanks for listening, and talk later, Amber Nov 21, Wisty rated it really liked it. Took me a little while to read, but not because it wasn't good, I just haven't had ample reading time! Anywho, can't go wrong with an Austen retelling. Loved the Texas setting, it was a character of its own! It kind of made me sad, how nasty these sisters were to each other. I feel like in the actual story, there's support between the Dashwood sisters, and the older clearly cares about the younger.

In this, they were both rude and whiny and got feisty with each other, but I suppose that's a more Took me a little while to read, but not because it wasn't good, I just haven't had ample reading time! In this, they were both rude and whiny and got feisty with each other, but I suppose that's a more accurate representation of sisters not that I would know. As always, RIP the third sister, who seems to never be included in these retellings. The writing was pretty basic, there was some good emotion-evoking parts.

Wasn't incredibly invested in either romance, and I thought Gabby's whole situation with the boy in the forest was such an odd story-line. But as a whole, I did enjoy this! Apr 09, Mackenzie rated it really liked it. I was never familiar with the book "Sense and Sensibility", although my eyes drew me to the book cover. I am not a big book reader but this book drew in my eyes. I opened the cover and began reading the foreword and i could not stop reading. The 2 girls Daphne and Gabby Rivera are two sisters who can't seem to get along. This book resembles real life issues between person v.

They both face the struggle with divorced parents and boy struggles throughout their I was never familiar with the book "Sense and Sensibility", although my eyes drew me to the book cover. They both face the struggle with divorced parents and boy struggles throughout their teenage years. Daphne is the "free-spirit" and more bubbly, dreamer of the sisters, while Gabby is more realistic and has a dulled personality. In conclusion, reading this book was a great decision and i would gladly read it again. Nov 04, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: But when the richest boy in town befriends Gabby, and Daphne starts to hang out more and more with her best and only friend, Mule, Gabby is forced to confront the emotional barriers she has put up to stop the hurting.

Teen girls looking for a funny, well-written book. The only thing most girls of Barton, Texas can talk about is the upcoming prom. Who's going with whom, what dress they bought, and where they'll be going for dinner beforehand--those are the hot topics at school. Gabby Rivera couldn't care less about any of it. Prom, and everything it represents in a word: She decided when her parents divorced that love wasn't real, and believing some fairy tale prince will sweep her off her feet only keeps her from reality.

Her The only thing most girls of Barton, Texas can talk about is the upcoming prom. Her sister Daphne is less practical. In fact, Daphne isn't practical at all. She loves the idea of love, and she runs into a handsome stranger--literally--she decides he must be her Prince Charming. After all, they both love Jane Eyre! Ziegler takes the theme of sisters from Austen's novel and reworks it into a modern setting. The relationships between the two sisters was real and honest.

I loved reading about them, both separately and together. There was a realness to them that drew me in. Sass and Serendipity was often laugh out loud funny. One of my favorite parts was when Daphne was day dreaming about her future relationship with Luke who is, of course, Willoughby.

Oh, if only I knew then what I know now Obviously, Sass and Serendipity was a well-written, funny, YA novel. There's another question however--is it a true Austenesque novel? This is a bit trickier, and I finally approached it from this angle: Would I know it was a retelling of Sense and Sensibility if the title didn't have the double S, or if I wasn't told so on the fly leaf?

I'm not sure I would. Part of my uncertainty comes from the character of Gabby. As much as Daphne strikes a chord as a Marianne, I didn't really feel Gabby was a faithful representation--or even modernization--of Elinor. Elinor's most basic character trait is a strong sense of propriety, a solid understanding of the rules of society. Her conflict with her sister comes when she attempts to check Marianne's less fettered spirits to follow those rules.

Gabby, however, is like Elinor only in her practicality. I could certainly imagine her insisting the family didn't have money for beef or for the fancy dinner their mother splurges on in a celebration. She holds down a job at the local movie theater to help with the family finances, and she's constantly pestering her sister to apply for work herself. However, that was really where the similarity ended. Where Elinor hides deep feelings behind a demure mask, events of the past made Gabby bitter.

She is determined never to love a thought that would never cross Elinor's mind, I am sure , and she absolutely rebuffs any boy who shows an interest in her. That bitterness leads her to lash out at Daphne several times. While I could utterly sympathize with her, I did miss seeing some of the sisterly togetherness that is so present in Sense and Sensibility.

Elinor only chastises Marianne out of a desire to see her happy, and one never doubts that the two sisters truly love each other. Even Marianne in her most willful moments does not resent Elinor in the way Daphne does Gabby. In the end, I felt like Sense and Sensibility is about more than two very different sisters, and those other elements were missing in Sass and Serendipity. Despite that, I'm giving Sass and Serendipity 4 solid stars. It's an excellent YA novel, with enough hints of Austen to interest a reader looking for a Sense and Sensibility redux. However, if you're looking for a faithful adaptation of Austen, this might not be the novel for you.

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I received a review copy of this book from the author's publicist. That did not affect my review in any way. Sisters Daphne and Gabby Rivera are as different as night and day! On the other hand, unsensible Daphne lives in a dream world, shopping for prom dresses instead of applying for jobs and literally falling head over heels in love with Sisters Daphne and Gabby Rivera are as different as night and day!

On the other hand, unsensible Daphne lives in a dream world, shopping for prom dresses instead of applying for jobs and literally falling head over heels in love with the new cute boy of the moment, Luke Pascal. It only causes misery and pain. The sisters bicker and bark at each other, rarely agreeing on anything. While Daphne moons and dreams about her new heartthrob Luke, Gabby has reason to not believe in love. Sonny Hutchins, a young boy she connected romantically with one incredible brief afternoon died in a tragic accident which she is certain his rich, spoiled cousin Prentiss Applewhite is to blame for.

Her deep affection for Sonny is her secret that she shares with no one, not even her best buddy Mule. Gabby is certain that the only one you can depend on life is yourself. Feeling fatalistic, Gabby is certain that they would be better off homeless. Her modern interpretation of the two sisters: Jul 23, Kate Dana rated it really liked it. The story explores the relationship between sisters Gabby, as Elinor, and Daphne as Marianne.

Both are dealing with their parents divorce in different ways. Gabby is the responsible one who is there to support her Mom when their dad leaves. She gets good grades and a lot if expected of her. Even though I do not have a sister, I have a younger brother, I could relate to the trials of Gabby and Daphne as they struggled with the bonds of sisterhood. I identified with Gabby completely.

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Luke, as Willoughby, is the new boy in school and Daphne is head over heels. In high school kids can be so cruel. However, it is rich boy Prentiss I love this name R. The perfect counterpart for Gabby. I especially loved Gabby and Prentiss, but most important I loved the story about two sisters and their relationship.


Ziegler is a wonderful writer. The romance in this book took turns I did not expect, but I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the journey. Ziegler was able to covey the difficulties between siblings and even the emotions that arise in children from broken homes. Ziegler has a beautiful Austen inspired hit on her hands. The basic plot of the original is there but Sass can stand on its own. A delightful page turning novel. Perhaps, we can hope for a sequel. If you want a little Sass with your Sense and Sensibility.

Giveaway is happening here: Jun 26, Elisquared rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book just looks like a middle grade novel with no substance except for butterflies and pretty dresses at first glance, especially due to the wording of Sass. But I couldn't have been more wrong! What drew me in and past the cover was that Jennifer Ziegler wrote this as a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility , one of my favorite Jane Austen books.

I absolutely love that the release coincides with the th anniversary of the original book! When you crack open the pages you are immediately transported into the lives of Gabriella and Daphne Rivera. Both sisters are not only years apart in age, but their personalities are worlds apart. Gabby is the eldest, cold, sneering and cynical, continually looking for an escape from their little town in Texas.

Daphne is the youngest, sweet, bubbly, and happy, earnestly believing the best in people and love. One can't stand the other, and there is no love loss between them.

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Of course this chasm wasn't always insurmountable, but certain circumstances in the girls' lives have widen the space to ridiculous proportions. The characterization of the girls is very well-developed. I felt both of them come alive as I read. Of course I hated some of Daphne's more frivolous, selfish moments, reliving how I myself acted at 15 Gosh, looking back I was a little monster. But the best part of the characterization was the portrayal of the sisterly relationship.

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Having an older sister myself, we could have stood in for Gabby and Daphne. The screaming matches, the careless words, the deep devotion, and the fierce protection against outsiders rang true. This careful handling of the weird relationship between sisters could have been over the top, but Ziegler navigated the edge effortlessly. The other aspect I enjoyed was the subtle referral to the girls' Hispanic heritage. I like how it wasn't shoved in my face because that feels way more realistic then being beat over the head with their ethnicity. I feel like race, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc.

Again Ziegler handles it nicely. The one problem I had while reading was the development of Gabby and Daphne's parents. I feel they either needed to be mentioned briefly and have the focus entirely on the girls or, due to the major conflict, made into rounded, dynamic supporting characters. Right now they both are in an in between place which at times felt as if they hindered and not helped the story. However, it definitely stands on it's own, and has it's own flavor.

Don't pass this one up! Two things that initially grabbed me about this book is 1. Honestly, I was very much hoping for a fortunate accident when it came to this read. I even imagined myself coming up with lesson plans and ways to integrate it into my Jane Austen unit that I also imagine myself teaching someday. However, I'm not so sure that will actually happen.

If you're familiar with Ms. Daphne is a somewhat typical year old who falls head over heels with the new boy. Her notions of romance and love don't turn out so well and she ends up being ostracized by her classmates. As for Gabby, she's a little disappointed with the men in her life and ends up taking it out on any man to cross her path--such as best friend Mule and pretty boy Prentiss. As usual with teen realism, there's a stint at the prom, a happily ever after, and some kissing involved.

I was impressed with the tribute aspect of Sass and Serendipity, and I feel that Ziegler knows her Austen. Her modern day plot fits very well with it's predecessor; however, I was not a fan of her characters. In fact, they often annoyed me. I read Daphne as a lot younger than fifteen--she was very whiny and bratty and though the naivety fits with the Marianne Dashwood character, at times she felt over dramatic. As for Gabby--that girl just frustrated me to no end. She was way too bossy, bitter, and downright mean.

I didn't grow up with sisters, but if I did, I would hope beyond hope that I didn't have the kind of relationship these two did. Despite not falling in love with the characters, I really did enjoy Ziegler's writing style and her narration device. She often shifted perspective from Daphne to Gabby to sometimes a third person outside perspective. That little trick allowed me to get into the head of both characters, but sometimes I just wanted to rattle their brains. A good paper could be written on characterization.

It's a very faithful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, and if you can appreciate Jane Austen retellings, this would be a fun weekend read for you. Originally published on The Hopeful Heroine Aug 11, Lisa rated it really liked it. Sass and Serendipity centers on two teenaged sisters, Gabby and Daphne. Once close, the sisters have drifted apart since their parents' divorce, largely because of their differing views on love. Due to their parents' divorce, and a tragedy in her past, Gabby shuns love, believing that men are not to be trusted and that eventually every love story ends in divorce.

Daphne is much more optimistic, believing in true love and love at first sight. The sisters' relationship is further complicated by t Sass and Serendipity centers on two teenaged sisters, Gabby and Daphne. The sisters' relationship is further complicated by their loyalty to each of their parents.