Thursday, August 29, 2013


BY: Misty Dawn Pulsipher

PUBLISHED: May 21, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
GENRES: NA • Contemporary Romance • Retelling/Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice • Life Issues • College

 (technically 4.1 rounded to 4)

Beth Pride really can’t stand William Darcy: he snubbed her at the Hartford College Children’s Benefit Auction; he has an infuriating propensity for pushing her buttons; his actions are frequently at odds with his words; and even his melting chocolate eyes and impressive physique don’t quite make up for his deficient personality.

Beth’s plan to avoid William backfires when her roommate falls for his best friend. As the unlikely duo are thrown together time and again, Beth begins to second guess her earlier assumptions about William.

Will Pride’s prejudice keep her from a happy ending, or will Beth discover that first impressions aren’t always what they seem?

Based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
As most of you know, I am a big Austen fan. A Janeite if you will. So if I see a novel that's a retake of one of her books, I have to read it. This modernized version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE was quirky and fun, though it did have some issues of concern.

I found the P&P references were loosely tied to this novel. Les was the Mr. Bingley version, but overly sweetened. I missed the drama and tension that comes from the Jane/Bingley miscommunication. Les and Jenna meet, fall in love immediately and have no issues. There was little interest there. 

Beth was a fairly good Lizzy. I found her to be more emotionally unstable than our Elizabeth. William was much more open about his interest in Beth than Mr. Darcy was. I'm not sure how I feel about that being such an Janeite. The parallels needed to be more in line with the original storyline for my taste. However, I did appreciate the chemistry between the main characters. Jenna and Beth had a deeper relationship than their Austen counterpoints and it was refreshing and a step up. 

Pulsipher made a strong interpretation of Austen's Lydia character. Beth's sister was truly a 21st century version. Gianna was a spunky, feisty version of Georgiana that worked perfectly in the story. Jaxon was the wink link in my opinion, along with her Fitzgerald figure. 

One point of interest was the different Point of Views. I enjoyed seeing the Darcy viewpoint. Something that I had always wanted to know from the original. It created a deeper connection with him that was somewhat lacking from Austen's version.

The last section of the book was a bigger departure from P&P. I felt a bit lost with the last chapter. Not to say it was a negative, just that it broke off from the traditional P&P storyline. It made me pause to mentally shift gears.

There were sections of dialogue that felt somewhat awkward but not enough for me to loose interest. I think the pacing was a bit rough in the first half and could have used another run through with the editor.

The humor was the shining star of the book, along with the character development. It was charming and delightful. I appreciated how clean it was, which was a departure from most YA fiction these days. Jane Austen would be proud. Subtlety and restraint are somewhat lacking these days and it was refreshing to see it brought back with gusto in this novel. It was a great reminder that their are young adults out there who do wait to have sex... and that's a good thing, not something to feel like a freak over.

A great read for ages twelve and older, this modern retelling is a great way to introduce a new generation to Austen novels. Enjoy!