Being Mary Bennet by J. C. Peterson

I really enjoyed reading this Jane Austen inspired YA novel. At first, I was pretty triggered by Marnie’s family dynamics; Marnie feels that she isn’t good enough compared to her older sister Lindy, and that her family doesn’t listen to her or respect her. However, as the book went on, it got better and better. I anticipated that by the end of the novel, Marnie would change her personality and become more like her vivacious, extroverted roommate, Adhira; but instead, Marnie learns how to love herself for who she is, while also choosing to lean into some areas where she needs to grow. 

I give this book five stars and would recommend it for any Jane Austen fans or any teenaged girl who feels that she doesn’t fit in. 

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