Paula Marantz Cohen
- Title: Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs
- Author: Paula Marantz Cohen
- ISBN: 9780312366575
- Page: 303
- Format: Paperback
Anne Ehrlich is a dedicated guidance counselor steering her high school charges through the perils of college admission Thirteen years ago, when she was graduating from Columbia University, her wealthy family especially her dear grandmother Winnie persuaded her to give up the love of her life, Ben Cutler, a penniless boy from Queens College Anne has never married andAnne Ehrlich is a dedicated guidance counselor steering her high school charges through the perils of college admission Thirteen years ago, when she was graduating from Columbia University, her wealthy family especially her dear grandmother Winnie persuaded her to give up the love of her life, Ben Cutler, a penniless boy from Queens College Anne has never married and hasn t seen Ben since until his nephew turns up in her high school and starts applying to college Now Ben is a successful writer, a world traveler, and a soon to be married man and Winnie s health is beginning to fail All of these changes have Anne beginning to wonderCan old love be rekindled, or are past mistakes too painful to forget With all the wit and perceptiveness of Jane Austen s Persuasion, Jane Austen in Scarsdale is a fresh and romantic new comedy from a novelist with a knack for making modern life reflect literature in the most engaging manner Library Journal.
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When I first read the synopsis of Jane Austen in Scarsdale, I was expecting an exciting love story between Anne and Ben and was curious as to how the author would narrate how ‘old love be rekindled and past mistakes put right’.Unfortunately, my expectation was not met. There was certainly a story to be told between Anne and Ben, but the author did not really indulge the reader with a clear storyline on how they fell in love again. The book contains chapters and chapters of Anne’s guidance [...]
A delightful funny book with an astute social commentary on parental anxiety and privileged insularity. This is a variant of Persuasion but is not slavish. Ms Cohen takes a look at current social foibles in a narrow slice of affluent suburban America. The story setting is among high school seniors and their wildly ambitious parents during the college application process when the students are often persuaded by their parents goals rather than their own needs. This Anne is their guidance counselor [...]
Witty and hilarious. A perfectly enjoyable summer read.
Modeling itself after Austen's Persuasion, this is a nice novel and a somewhat sobering look at the crazy world of the college admissions process. Really, my kid is just three and I am seriously freaking fright now. Anyway, that seems to be the problem . . . too much of that and not enough about the main relationship of the book. And the book, via the blurb, presents itself as a love story first, so I feel somewhat compelled to correct the marketing team's misrepresentation. If it is a great lov [...]
The book istelf is a light-hearted bit of chick lit, so it's not necessarily as bad as the 1 star rating would suggest. I've given the 1 star rating because this book seems to be on the marketingbandwagon of all things Jane Austen--and honestly, I can't see any parallels between Austen and this book. Cohen's book also took some time to get into, as the whole first 10 chapters or so are portraying the stressed, formerly riche heroine. It doesn't get one intrigued--it just makes you feel stressed, [...]
I enjoyed it.
There’s something about Jane Austen’s novels that causes the addicted fan to cry out for more witticisms, more lovely command of the English language, more hilarious but believable characterizations and more entertaining plot points which always lead to a satisfyingly happy ending for the novel’s lovers, no matter how star-crossed they initially appear.Aside from the literal screen adaptations of Austen’s works (including those produced by the BBC and A&E), the proof of her artistic [...]
I am a fan of Jane Austen and Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics) is one of my top favorites stories. This book is supposed to be a modern-day retelling of Persuasion, yet it really is loosely based on the book. A lot of the names are similar to help you make the parallels between "Persuasion" and this book such as Anne Elliot vs. Anne Ehlrich and a lot of what is established in this story is faithful to the plot in Persuasion. I enjoyed reading this book, I found the main character likeabl [...]
Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs, by Paula Marantz Cohen, is one of the best Jane Austen-paralit novels I've found. I picked it up in a used bookstore for a few bucks based on the name alone, and now I really want to read Ms. Cohen's other books. Jane Austen in Scarsdale is an updated Persuasion, but knowledge of the original is not necessarily needed to enjoy it. Anne Erlich is a guidance counselor at a prep school full of students with college-obsessed parents. Her wealth [...]
I don't think I'm alone when I say that I expected more Austen, less contemporary. As a reinterpretation of Persuasion it does alright, if you skip the bits about Anne working as a guidance counselor. The story seemed to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis; was it a story of a modern career woman finding love, or the story of Austen's Anne re-set in the modern world? At times, I found myself wondering if it was even a romance at all.It's not a bad book by any means. It doesn't suffer f [...]
This is a fun book--not very taxing mentally, but it was a fun and quick read based loosely on Jane Austen (Persuasion, I think). A guidance counselor at a moneyed school meets a man she once loved but threw over because of money and family. Their situations are reversed now, he is engaged, her job is demanding, and her family causes conflict. Romantic and financial mayhem ensues. The ending is predictable, but fun. I loved the humor, the mild satire of helicopter parents, and the setting. The p [...]
Cute. Fun. A fascinating look at life as a high school guidance counselor. The plot - rich girl (Anne) meets great guy (Ben) but dumps him because he's not appropriate according to her family. He ends up doing well for himself while her former well to do family is in bankruptcy and forced to sell the family house. And of course she never stopped loving him. Ben comes back into the picture, swoops in to save the day, but has a fiance in the picture. It kills Anne to watch him with another woman, [...]
Being a huge Austen fan, I have read quite a few versions of her works set in modern day. I have to say, this is the best one yet. Rather than trying to force the reader to associate the original and the new version at every possible detail, the author wisely decided to simply use the themes that Austen wrote into Persuasion and apply them in a modern setting. It is more its own book, a companion and a real update of the original, than a simple copy and paste with contrived coincidences as some [...]
Generally based on Austen's Persuasion, a book I had, to that date, not read. This book is a wonderful, pleasant read, with mostly likeable characters. Yes, it's about beautiful people with fairly decent lives and thus is a bit escapist - but the people are real and the situations too.Prompted me to read Persuasion and compare the two. An intelligent retelling of Austen, brings it up to date without undermining the purity of her original work.
Perfect book to bring with me on my cruise this summer! Also, as an aspiring high school counselor, this book really gave practical examples of what can happen day-to-day in a guidance office in Westchester (I'm a resident of the county and the author is totally on-point!) and how to deal with it as the person in the middle of teachers, principals, parents, and students. A+!
I'm a sucker for Jane Austen retellings. And Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen story. So I was pretty excited to pick up this book. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations at all.To begin with, the focus was on Anne's guidance counseling. We don't even meet Ben until chapter 14 and he's only seen a few times before they get together. Some of the stories of Anne's students were fun and interesting, but the chapters and chapters of her dealing with parents and students were dull a [...]
2.5-3.0 starsI purchased this one after reading an article somewhere about an author's favorite Austen adaptations.e'd listed seven of them, and this is the only one that I had not looked into.So, in I went as 'Persuasion' is my favorite Austen novel, and I'm in a 'Persuasion' state of mind after spending my wedding anniversary with my husband at a stage production (which was just so good!)Anyway-- back to this book definite nods to Austen were there, and I did enjoy them and the Captain Wentwor [...]
Eh. I've only read Persuasion once. I intend to re-read the rest of Austen's books, but there's so much I want to read for the first time, that I have a hard time making myself do it. So, I'm sure I only vaguely remember the details. Probably had this not been marketed as a retelling of Persuasion, I probably wouldn't have noticed. This wasokay. It was readable and quick. It was kind of fun. But it lacked a LOT of depth. There was little to no actual romance. There were also a LOT of characters, [...]
This story brought back memories of applying to college - the essays/personal statements, GPAs, SATS and community service. It is amazing to see the lengths at which many parents go through to get their kids into the "best" schools - hiring a professional essayist, sending the child to rigorous test prep courses and more.Jane Austen in Scarsdalewas an interesting read that was more than just a story about the college application process, it was about learning to follow your heart - triumphs.
Who cares if other readers didn't like this book? It's a delightful little retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion for the 21th century. It's funny and light, and it's centered around a high school guidance counselor, so the drama of the college admissions process was especially entertaining to me as a mom of teenagers. After along 800-page book and then a heavy historical novel I just read, this was a welcome little quick read.
This is a cute retelling of Persuasion. Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death and the SATS by Paula Marantz Cohen. Maybe some of you have read it? It is set in the modern world, the world of high school. The main character is head of the guidance counseling department in an upper class high school where college is the goal for going to high school. Ms. Cohen follows the format of Persuasion perfectly. You laugh and gasp and just have fun with this book.
Parts of this book were absolutely hilarious to me. The guidance counselor/student/parent relationships were quite humorous and I liked that setting for the book. The Persuasion elements in it were nice, but of course it was nowhere near as swoonworthy as the original or as enjoyable as A Thousand Letters. I still really liked all of the characters and the book was a fun one overall! 3.5/5 stars :)
If you have ever navigated college applications to prestigious schools with your teen, this book will have you laughing out loud. Guidance counselor Anne Ehrlich is helping competitive high school students find their college match. Then her old flame, Ben, shows up in town again, and she regrets breaking up with him years ago. This is a fun, modern version of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
This was a delightful light read with some hilarious laugh out loud moments.
It was ok. The characters were kinda bland. Not bad if you're looking for something sweet.
A fun modern version of Persuasion that would be light if it weren't for the perfect satire of the college admissions process.
Fun premise. Humorous moments. Plot well-developed in first half, then runs off the rails. Resolution hurried.
janicuvejournal/81634mlThis is part of my reading for the Everything Austen Challenge, hosted at Stephanie's Written Word. I wanted to read this one because it's set in Scarsdale, New York, which is very close to where I live, and I wanted to see how Westchester County would get portrayed. I also loved that Anne Elliot is now Anne Ehrlich and comes from a wealthy Jewish family!The Premise: This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I'm going to be lazy and type out the inner jac [...]
Fun! Austenesque love story with a high school educator as heroine. Hit aspects of high school dead on in a hilarious way. Lighthearted and sweet. Her essay at the end, "Tips on Writing a First Novel at Age 47," was inspiring.
This book is about a lady named Anne Ehrlich. This women was a 21 year old at the time she had to make the decision to leave who she thought was the love of her life. His name was Ben Cutler. When her grandma gave Anne a lecture about how Ben was not the one for her because he wasn't in their social class, she decided to break it off with him. Anne still loved him though. Later when Anne pursued her career and became an SAT counselor for students, she ended up guiding Ben's nephew through colleg [...]
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