Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This was a book I really enjoyed, but when I think about watching the movie or rereading the book I sometimes cringe. There are a lot of cringe-worthy moments in the book, particularly when you know they’re coming. Emma is a snob, no way around that, but she is endearing and lovable all the same. She is ultimately challenged in all of her assumptions and has to come around to see the flaws in her perspectives.
I think this is one of those books that everyone will relate to in some manner or another, which is why I still adore it. Emma makes the same mistakes I think everyone does when they’re kids and not quite sure how to interact with others. Emma just never learned the lesson!
I know that for many this is their favorite Jane Austen novel, but since I can’t handle awkward humor very well, it’s still behind “Pride & Prejudice” for me!
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Anyone looking to give Jane Austen a shot – I think this is the most “modern friendly”.