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Acting Up

Acting Up [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Nathan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"Tremendous fun - an ingenious update of the greatest love story of all time" (Jilly Cooper)

"A modern-day Lizzy and Darcy tale you won't be able to put down" (Company)

"A witty spin on the nation's favourite novel ... with a loveable, contemporary heroine at its heart" (Good Housekeeping)

"Good fun" (Closer)

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From the bestselling author of The Learning Curve.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (15 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS6AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting up 7 April 2008
I got all excited when I saw that there was another book published by the late, great Melissa Nathan. I was disappointed to see that Acting up is another name for her book Pride, Predjudice and Jasmin Field.

Melissa Nathan was a fantastic writer and I have read all of her books, including this, and they are fantastic.

She is terribly missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book... when i first read it about 5 years ago under the title of Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Fields :(
I just wish someone told me quite clearly that this is the same book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting Great! 29 Aug 2008
By Cara W
Like the rest of the books written by this author, this is impossible to put down.

Jasmin, her sister and best friend all become involved with a celebrity version of Pride and Prejudice, and the roles they are allocated fit their lives almost impossibly well. If you know the story of Pride and Prejudice then it is rather predictable, but the writing and quick rhythm of the book still leave you giggling along.

An excellent read, though you may want to buy all of melissa's novel for a holiday as you'll get through them so quickly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical feel good Rom-Com 29 May 2014
By Kim
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Light hearted and humorous. Melissa Nathan as good as ever. Lovely, light feel good comical romance with loveable characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read 4 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was an easy holiday read, just prefer other books by this author. Would recommend this book. Love it on the kindle
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I've quoted Company magazine's view here from the book cover, but it's not one that I particularly share as I found this hard to get into at first.

A very bitter twist is that the main plot device features characters performing a charity version of Pride and Prejudice to raise funds for breast cancer and later Melissa herself becomes ill with the same disease, which she would have had no knowledge of when writing this book.

Back to the story. I thought it predictable, but then a "reworking" has to be to an extent. I felt that using the "play within the book" style, Melissa made it a little too obvious for us to work out who is meant to be who, and how they mirrored Austen's characters, though she does include others who don't have direct parallels and thereby avoids the story falling into parody. She uses a very light and witty tone, which generally makes for easy reading. Unfortunately I didn't really grow to connect with or care much about any of the characters. I was unable to truly get the measure of Jazz other than to understand she is very feisty, but much rougher around the edges than Lizzy Bennet. I was disappointed in Mo; some friend, hey?! And the prologue seemed completely pointless.

I think she presented an interesting take on the Lydia Bennet "scandal" for modern times (as Lydia's tale wouldn't raise an eyebrow today, would it?) and the discourse between Lizzy and Darcy was well replicated in a contemporary setting.

I loved the very cute and quirky cover with its 1960s style graphics and typeface, which reminded me of the old Bewitched show. A lukewarm read which got better about halfway through and being a huge Pride and Prejudice fan I was compelled to finish it. A quick, fun read that should interest, if not exactly delight, most Austen fans. I have The Waitress on my to read list and will look forward to that with anticipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like all her books 8 Mar 2013
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Up to her usual standard - good read. I have read all of Melissa Nathan's books now. Light reading before bedtime!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Acting up 29 Jan 2013
It was ok not as good as the nanny or the waitress but ok. i think mainly because it does reflect Jane Austin's Pride & Prejudice alot so plot v obvious in many ways, jasmine's observations are good, sly & ironic which made me laugh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever and entertaining
This is one of the best novels I have read which updates a classic. In this case the author has recreated "Pride and Prejudice" in a modern setting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa Nathan could do no wrong
Loved it!! Not much more to say, Melissa Nathans star burned very bright while she was with us, and she produced nothing less than brilliant, heartwarming fiction filled with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a 5*
I enjoyed it but there was something lacking for me to give the book a 5*. I have never read Pride & Prejudice or seen any film or TV adaption so that aspect never got in the way... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Another gem from Melissa Nathan.
I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Clevergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern version of the great classic Pride and Prejudice
This book is great! I've always loved Pride and Prejudice and likes reading any adaptations of it.
Must-read if you're a fan of the classic love story!
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by aciamaj
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent top quality book
good escapism, simple chic lit type book. I love this type to escape into a story and just chuckle and relax as you move along the story with the brilliant charicters. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2009 by Jay Rainbow
3.0 out of 5 stars average
so very much a retelling of pride and prejudice which is the play which the plot revolves around. feels like its not very original as you can see which characters are who from... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2008 by Lindymck
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