Sense and Sensibility

Penguin. Apr. 2003. 368p. pap. $8. ISBN 9780141439662.
Gr 7 Up–Austen’s stellar debut novel showcases the lives of the Dashwood sisters who are forced to leave the family estate at Norland Park and move to Barton Cottage—a property belonging to their distant relative, Sir John Middleton. This becomes the catalyst for a life-changing journey rooted in loyalty, romance, and heartbreak. It can be used as a mentor text with current YA novels and be paired with informational texts centering women’s history and social class. A balance of head and heart are advantageous when finding your perfect match, and Marianne’s all-in approach on romance, with sometimes disastrous results, set against Elinor’s more guarded approach to love give two different perspectives on romance that readers can relate to.
VERDICT A coming-of-age classic set in Regency England. A must-have for teens and adults alike.

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