I wasn't sure how to rate this. Overall I liked it, but not much more than that I think, hence the three stars. It just felt long, although based on my ereader, it didn't actually take much longer to read than I'd expect a book of this length to take. I guess I just wasn't enthralled.
I think my main problem with it wasn't the main character, Emma Woodhouse, although she does start out as fairly spoiled (I kept reminding myself that she was only twenty-one), but rather that there are several tiresome talkative characters in the novel, and Austen didn't skimp on illustrating their tiresomeness. It's well done, I'd say, just a bit long to read. That coupled with Emma's lack of siblings meant that there just didn't seem to be as many engaging sequences of dialogue. Austen does a lot of dialogue.
There was one event that seemed out of place in an Austen novel (in my update I suggested it was more like Brontë):(show spoiler)
Emma can't have been all bad, though, because by the end I'll admit I was rooting for her.
I'm going to count this one my first 20 books of summer (1/20) and as my Romance bingo square (post to follow).
Originally I wanted to read this book because the book's title was the name of a kitty I lost about two and a half years ago to illness. I thought I'd share some photos here in her memory.
It was always so hard to take pictures of a (mostly) black cat! I had to include the last one because she had a weird habit of sitting there with her tongue sticking out. She also had a crazy-loud purr.