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By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Austen's romantic, comic classic has timeless appeal.

Book Jane Austen Romance 1815
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+
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This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Funny and highly entertaining, Emma is full of romance, plot twists, and comic confusion. With relations among young people in this book as misguided and snarky as those of high school kids in any era, Emma not only has timeless appeal, it was a perfect foundation for the movie Clueless, on which it was loosely based.

Austen's brilliant wit and deep empathy resulted in some of the world's most enjoyable books, and Emma is one of her most memorable characters.

Book Details

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: December 1, 1815
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: April 23, 2020

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