Growing up in a cozy seaside community above her family’s bakery, 12-year-old Polly has always been a romantic. After she reads Pride and Prejudice, though, her yen for successful love stories spills over into daily life, and she determines to spend her summer matchmaking among the locals. Of course, everything goes horribly awry, and Polly is forced to confront the impact of her meddling: “This isn’t your dumb Green Gables or England or whatever. This is real life!” says her furious best friend. To better emulate her favorite book’s “enchanting heroine,” Polly narrates in a mannered, archaic voice (“I vow to call you on the morrow!”) that may try some readers’ patience but provides comedic moments in her mixed metaphors and the curt responses she receives: “Put a cork in it,” growls her sister. The plot is as light as pastry filling, but young romantics may recognize themselves in Polly and in her puzzlement over the way love and attraction happen in the twenty-first century, beyond the pages of books.
Okay, this book is silly at best. The way Polly talks is annoying and incredibly stupid. It is not funny and there does not seem to be any point to it.
She is just a pretentious shallow and immature little girl, and I as a reader kept wondering why she is supposed to be the protagonist of this story. Of course the pace is slow and there isn't much of a plot, but the stupidity that is Polly goes beyond anything.
It seemed to me that this girl was so incredibly messed up with her selfishness and her meddling for such a young child, that she would become the worst kind of adult. The fact that both the author and her parents view her monstrous behaviour as cute and treat her with tolerance and smiles, made me hate them as well.
This book gets two points for the most beautiful cover ever, and for a very sweet boy who appears to be the only normal character in this book and for some reason wants to go out with Polly (obviously that means he is not that normal after all). It is also full of delicous smells, which made my mouth water.
I wanted to read this book for its references to Jane Austen's books and Green Gables.
These books are ashamed, I am sure, that they were mentioned in this book at all.