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Pudge and Prejudice is an homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, transported to the fictitious Northfield Texas High School in the year 1984. After moving to Northfield with her family, Elyse Nebbit faces the challenge of finding her place in a new school, one dominated by social status and Friday night football. When Elyse’s effortlessly beautiful older sister Jayne starts dating Charlie Bingley, the captain of the school football team, Elyse finds herself curious about Charlie’s popular and brooding best friend, Billy Fitz. Elyse’s body insecurities eventually complicate her relationship with Billy, leaving Jayne and Elyse’s exceedingly blunt friend, Lottie, to step in and help Elyse accept herself for who she is, pant size and all.
This book was SO fun.
Admittedly, at first, I was a little bored with the teenager POV in mid-1980s North Texas. Not my favorite genre. But the author did an amazing job!
As a retelling/revamping of my favorite story, of course I knew the bones of what would happen, but once again I am awed by the creative way in which a classic story is updated and changed based on location.
If you love 1980s nostalgia and have never had luck reading the original Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend you try this version out.
It can serve as a great bridge into classic storytelling.
The Final Verdict
My rating: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend? Yes
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