Can reading a piece of literature change your life? If you had asked our heroine, Alice Burns, she would have answered a resounding
“no” . . . that is until one magical Christmas vacation. The book begins with Alice receiving devastating news--well,
devastating news for an A student anyway--she has just gotten a C+ on her paper on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Ever merciful, her teacher gives her a way to redeem her grade: reread the book and rewrite the paper over Christmas vacation
for a chance at a better grade. While Alice hates the book--considers it a tragedy for “poor” Mary--she hates
the idea of a C on her record more. Can reading the book with an open--even imaginative mind--change her life and the lives
of those around her? You wouldn’t ordinarily think so . . . but Sachs weaves a magical and ultimately satisfying tale
of family, friendship, and first love. Whether you’re a fan of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or just a fan of YA
romance, First Impressions is an enjoyable read.