Firkins applied the Page 69 Test to her new YA rom-com, Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things, a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and reported the following:
On page 69 in Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things, Edie and Henry are fighting about Henry’s lax attitudes around love and relationships. We get a glimpse of Mansfield, and how Edie doesn’t fit in with her wealthy, polished surroundings. Edie’s repulsed by Henry. Henry’s intrigued by Edie. We sense a growing tension that may shift from hate to something more complex. The page represents several main themes/storylines in the book: the search for confidence when we don’t fit in, the difficulty of finding meaningful love in a disposable, live-in-the-moment society, and a growing awareness that everyone’s more complicated than their first impression might imply. The only thing missing to fully represent the book is a pun.Visit Jacqueline Firkins's website.
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