Modern spin on Pride and Prejudice.

The blurb

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.

Written by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world – from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.

The Review:

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This book I took away on a holiday. After reading and watching Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen many times and absolutely loving this book it was an obvious choice for me. Pride and Prejudice was the first book that made me truly love classics.

Anyway, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, written by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick was a modern take on the Pride and Prejudice story (I’m going to call it P & P for short) The book was made after the Youtube series Lizze Bennet Diaries got popular.

However, for me the book came first – as it almost always does… well I try to. This book was marvelous. I loved the modern interpretation of Lizzie and all the wonderful characters thought up by Jane Austen. It was humorous with a similar plot to the original, but brought about in a contemporary way. The style and language was modern and contained colloquialism of the 21st century.

This book I knew prior to reading could have been a flop – a waste of time where the only connection to P & P was Elizabeth Bennet’s name – but it wasn’t.

Taken from Lizzie’s point of view was a much needed fresh approach to the novel. I loved the creative chapter names as well. This book was a modern interpretation of 18th century Pride and Prejudice. The only negative was the character of Lydia was played a little to much. I knew she was flighty and flirty but maybe this Lydia was a step too far. She was very irritating.

Afterward, of course I watched the web series which was almost equally awesome though the character of Lydia annoyed me more and the book was of course so much better.

I would recommend this to some P & P fans (I know some hardcore fans may not like a modern interpretation though). This book fits into the Young Adult genre and is definitely fun and interesting for those that don’t like classics. I would give this book no age limit but it would belong to the YA genre so children over 12 would enjoy this.

Content Warning: Minor sexual references but otherwise pretty clean. No violence.

Release Date: 2014

Favorite Quote

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good fortune… must be in want of a wife.” My mom gave each of us one of these tee-shirts last Christmas. I have yet to wear it… ever.

Lizzie – love the nod to the original!

Favorite Character

Mr. Darcy, of course!

QFTR

  • Have you watched the Youtube series?
  • Are you a fan of the original Pride and Prejudice?
  • Did you like the way Mr. Collins was brought in?

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