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It is difficult not to show my admiration for Jane Austen. However, I was surprised to find that although many have written about her work and life, no one had written a biography for the young adult reader. Biographies can be difficult to get through but Reef seems to tie together Austen’s life, family, and writing in a way that almost reads (if not for the dates given) as if it could be happening today. Reef includes information on what has been done with Austen’s work today, provides graphics from film, documents, and utilizes the Austen’s voice frequently to connect the reader not to some dead author, but a person who lived, and not always according to what others said. I would recommend this book for a female young adult audience aged 15-19 primarily, although with the proper introduction and programming it would be suited for young adult male as well. As I said, the author gives insight into the journey of a growing woman, and a developing author.