Prejudice & Pride
Available December 15, 2015
Thank you to NetGallery.com and to the publisher for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
In the 25+ years since I was forced to read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice for 11th grade English class, I have developed a deep, deep distain (okay - hatred) for most “classics” since I have a hard time placing myself within the story. Since this adaptation is set in today’s world with all of the necessary pop culture references, I was able to devour the story, begin to remember the original tale from suppressed memories, and actually appreciate the tale since I knew I didn’t have to spit out a paper about the ongoing themes within the novel.
What I loved: I really enjoyed how Ms. Messina flipped the sexes of the main characters and wrote the story from a man’s point of view. Since Elizabeth Bennett was never much of a “girly-girl” it seemed easier to picture her as a male.
What I didn’t love: The entire theft plot seemed a little far-fetched but still an interesting way to get Bennet and Darcy together in the end. Of course, I don’t have the slightest memory of how it happened in Austen novel, so I could be criticizing what could be considered the most romantic ending of all time.
What I learned: This explains why I love “Clueless” so much.
Overall Grade: B+