Nora and the Search for Friendship
Ellie is excited to go to university and finally make friends after a difficult time at high school. However, she’s a little worried when the book club has her read a really awful historical-fantasy story about what sixteen-year-old Eleanor gets up to at a “prep school” for the children of nobility. Still, she’s hopeful since the other girls seem nice, and they surely want to make fun of the story, so she’s in high spirits on her way to the meeting.
Then she dies.
Eleanor de Kent, beloved second daughter of a duke, slowly comes to terms with her memories of her past life as Ellie—including that she’s apparently the lead character from that book. Her childhood has its ups and downs, and loneliness seems to be inescapable. Now sixteen years old and attending the very school from the book Ellie had read, can she finally escape her fate and make friends?
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A charming story that follows the second life of Eleanor de Kent as she navigates the complexities of interpersonal relationships in a fantasy 19th-century Victorian style high society.
This web novel is not a typical reincarnation story where an overpowered main character breaks the society they are re-born into. Instead, we follow Nora as she uses the knowledge, experiences, and pain from her past life, to overcome her insecurities and awkwardness. At the same time, she skirts the line of acceptable behaviour for a young lady of her status and remains true to herself.
It's nice. I really love the introspection and thought given to every interaction and our Mc's thoughts. The reason for the -.5 stars is that a few times a chapter the auther uses a comma and then a statement. And sometimes it comes across timing wise weird. It'd be better to separate the sentences or give some "filler" transition words after the comma so that the flow is not broken. It's somewhat jarring and literally the only thing I can thing of that is off about this story. It's an excellent read that'll give you both the bad, but mostly the good feels
A must read if you're looking for a slow paced low stakes story with excrement writing and better characters. Reading this story is like hugging your favorite stuffed animal, it's just so warm and comforting.
Written in a short of journal style you're really pulled right into the main characters life, and her goals and motivations are so relatable you can't help but cheer her on as she works hard to just make some close friends. An very well executed style choice for the subject matter.
The story itself is perhaps a bit slow paced, while the ending might feel a tad rushed but those are really the only downside to the whole thing. And as someone who liked the ending and enjoys a slow pavcd slice of life they weren't downsides at all. Plus, I mean, how much more relatable can a story be when the whole thing is about someone struggling to make friends. It doesn't shy away from incorporating the setting (a kind of glamorous, white washed Victorian England) and the difficulties that places on relationships either. Class and gender divides being consistent themes and realistically handled.
The grammar was very solid, never tripping me up enough to have to reread a sentence to figure out just what was meant. Though there were a handful of typos throughout they were rare enough that it didn't impact my reading in the least.
The characters are really the stars of the show for this story. Our sweet Eleanor is a complex, if not complicated lead character. Struggling to become someone that she's proud of woke also working through the very real struggle of figuring out who she is exactly. Violet is a sweet girl whose rather bad at expressing herself and tries her very best to be a proper Lady. She makes an excellent contrast to Ellie, and they both affect each other for the better. The prince's are an eclectic group, many of them very endearing.
It is over all a heart warming story of the glamorous ultra rich beautiful ladies and handsom princes's sort. And while the emotions and motivations are well grounded, it can be easy to balk at the egregious wealth of the main characters made all the more stark in comparison to the not-poverty of a few of her friends. Also, I think that there is not a single character of color in the whole thing, like it's a mesmerizingly white story. Not that that isn't a common issue on this site.
I highly recommend reading this, it's one of my favorite stories on RR and I plan on rereading it on occasion for years to come.
Nice fluffy novel about making friends in school. Characters are nicely done and properly motivated, dialog is fun and witty, and the prose flows smoothly with no obvious grammatical/spelling errors.
Plot is nothing innovative, but is well executed.
I love how Nora puts so much thought into everything she does, and the story's a great balance of introspection and action. For me, reading about all of here different projects is very satisfying and entertaining. Additionally, she's pretty relatable. I like how Nora's feelings are more complicated than happy or sad. It's clear that there's a lot of though put into how Nora thinks and acts. I'm not done reading yet, but it's a fantastic read so far!
the ending was too rushed but a great story nonetheless