*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019*
*A Booklist Editors' Choice for Books for Youth 2019*
Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Jenny Han, this heartfelt and humorous contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility follows two sisters—complete opposites—who discover the secrets they’ve been keeping make them more alike than they’d realized.
For siblings as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, a distance grows between them like never before.
Plum, a self-described social outcast, finally has something in her life that doesn’t revolve around her dramatic older sister. But what if coming into her own means Plum isn’t there for Ginny when she, struggling with a hard secret of her own, needs her most?
In this contemporary reimagining of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, 15-year-old Plum Blatchley is the quiet, introspective foil to her dramatic, excitable sister, 18-year-old Ginny. Their illustrator mother's small but steady royalty payments unexpectedly lost, Plum worries that they'll be unable to keep their beloved old home, and Ginny's anxiety about paying for college reaches a fever pitch. As the family scrambles to make ends meet, Plum develops a secret relationship with "Loud Sophomore Boy" Tate and begins to question her identity independent of her family and her late father's authorial legacy. Though the setting and dialogue are firmly modern, the Blatchleys continually reference literature (and related film adaptations) by the likes of Austen and the Bront s, informing the family's interactions with one another and their surroundings. A realistic depiction of siblinghood, marked by the girls' mutual frustration with and protectiveness of one another, proves deeply dynamic as each falters and grows. Most of all, Thornburgh's (Who's That Girl) exploration of the power of social comedies and books by and about young women works often deemed insignificant shines. A funny, beguiling story of sisterhood, burgeoning self-awareness, and first love. Ages 13 up.