Northanger Abbey was a book that should never been published and the only reason it was was because Jane Austen’s death prevented her from reworking and rewriting it. This book will never be heralded for being her best novel as it is missing the depth, character development and plotting of her later work but it is still a must read. I have read it 5 times and It never fails to charm me and make me laugh. It also has a super cute romance. In two characters in NA(Henry Tinny and Isabelle Trophe) I feel the shadows of the characters she would create in her later work like Henry Crawford and Miss Bingley. One thing that Austen never fails at is her amazing understanding of human nature. Her stories may take place in regency era England but her characters are still so relevant today. We have all meet a man like John Trophe who only wants to talk about how smart he, how fast his car goes and how he has more important friends and connects then anyone. I don’t recommend Northanger Abbey as your first Austen. I think Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility the best to start with.
Rating: 5 stars