Sixteen scandals

Sophie Jordan

Book - 2021

"The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday"--

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Young Adult Area YOUNG ADULT FICTION/Jordan Sophie Due May 28, 2022
Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Regency fiction
Historical fiction
Novels
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
ix, 235 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780358206217
0358206219
Main Author
Sophie Jordan (author)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

Red-haired, freckled Primrose Ainsworth, sheltered and perpetually overlooked, has longed for the freedom that turning 16 will bring ever since witnessing her three elder sisters enter London society in succession. But when her birthday arrives in June 1821 and her mother dispassionately declares that Prim's debut will be delayed for at least a year, Prim rebels. Enlisting the help of her best friend Olympia Zaher, the striking, brown-skinned daughter of a renowned opera singer, Prim dresses in a daring borrowed gown and dons a mask to covertly visit Vauxhall, the scandalous outdoor pleasure gardens. When a brawl separates the duo, Prim finds herself in the company of a handsome, unquestionably well-off stranger also missing his companions, who insists she call him Jacob, and infuriates and intrigues her in equal measure. Though offering a brief, two-day glimpse into Prim's life, Jordan (Kissing Lessons) neatly evokes the familiar beats of a Regency romance and credibly establishes the setting. The charming Pride and Prejudice–reminiscent romance effectively renders the privilege and societal power dynamics at play and imbues forward-thinking, dynamic heroine Prim with refreshing agency. Ages 12–up. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Entering into London society at the age of 16 is a rite of passage for every young woman of a certain social standing. However, for Prim, the youngest daughter in the Ainsworth family, her 16th birthday is ignored by her family so she takes the celebrations into her own hands. Accompanied by her best friend Olympia, the daughter of a popular songstress, Prim sets out for an evening of adventure at the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. Prim gets more than she bargained for and is immediately plunged into an evening of adventure and mayhem. Losing sight of Olympia, Prim meets and quickly rescues the incredibly handsome and mysterious Jacob whom she suspects of being more than he appears. This romp through Regency London is a whimsical and turbulent roller-coaster of mishaps and misfortunes with an all-white cast, except Olympia who is described as having "light brown skin." VERDICT This is a must-purchase for any YA collection where historical fiction and romance is popular. Hand this to teens who binge-watched Bridgerton and need more from the ton.—Maryjean Riou, Hunterdon County Lib., Flemington, NJ Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Entering into London society at the age of 16 is a rite of passage for every young woman of a certain social standing. However, for Prim, the youngest daughter in the Ainsworth family, her 16th birthday is ignored by her family so she takes the celebrations into her own hands. Accompanied by her best friend Olympia, the daughter of a popular songstress, Prim sets out for an evening of adventure at the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. Prim gets more than she bargained for and is immediately plunged into an evening of adventure and mayhem. Losing sight of Olympia, Prim meets and quickly rescues the incredibly handsome and mysterious Jacob whom she suspects of being more than he appears. This romp through Regency London is a whimsical and turbulent roller-coaster of mishaps and misfortunes with an all-white cast, except Olympia who is described as having "light brown skin." VERDICT This is a must-purchase for any YA collection where historical fiction and romance is popular. Hand this to teens who binge-watched Bridgerton and need more from the ton.—Maryjean Riou, Hunterdon County Lib., Flemington, NJ Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero—perfect for fans of My Lady Jane.
 


The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday.

Donning a mask, Prim escapes to the infamous Vauxhall Gardens for one wild night. When her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes, and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief . . . and romance. But when it’s revealed her new ally isn’t who he says he is, her one night of fun may last past dawn.

In this frothy regency romp perfect for fans of Austen-esque flirtation and Shakespearean hijinks, sometimes a little scandal can be a good thing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero'perfect for fans of My Lady Jane.  The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday. Donning a mask, Prim escapes to the infamous Vauxhall Gardens for one wild night. When her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes, and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief . . . and romance. But when it's revealed her new ally isn't who he says he is, her one night of fun may last past dawn. In this frothy regency romp perfect for fans of Austen-esque flirtation and Shakespearean hijinks, sometimes a little scandal can be a good thing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero—perfect for fans of My Lady Jane.
 


The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday.

Donning a mask, Prim escapes to the infamous Vauxhall Gardens for one wild night. When her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes, and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief . . . and romance. But when it’s revealed her new ally isn’t who he says he is, her one night of fun may last past dawn.

In this frothy regency romp perfect for fans of Austen-esque flirtation and Shakespearean hijinks, sometimes a little scandal can be a good thing.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero'perfect for fans of Netflix's Bridgerton.  

Review by Publisher Summary 6

In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero—perfect for fans of Netflix's Bridgerton.