- Page Count: 295
- Release Date: August 2, 2011
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- My Rating: 4 stars
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:
– As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school–not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
– As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.
When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.
This was almost 5 stars — I was NOT expecting to love this so much!! It’s one of the best modernizations of Pride and Prejudice I’ve found (except The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will always be my favorite).
The dialogue is hilariously realistic, the characters are so well done, and the story is just plain fun regardless of whether or not you’re obsessed with Austen. Jane is Juliana, Elizabeth is Elise, Lydia is Layla, George Wickham is Grant Webster, Caroline is Chelsea, and Darcy is Derek. They’re all students at a super rich private school where Elise’s interfering mom is the embarrassing new principal. Derek is the son of two famous movie stars, so he’s pretty closed off and used to people using him.
Elise’s mom’s character was PERFECT with how she kept spying on her kids eating lunch and freaking out over their friendship with Derek and his friend Chase Baldwin (Charles Bingley). And lot of retellings have a hard time with the Wickham/Lydia debacle and making that fit a modern context, but this one totally worked!! All of the characters translated so, so well.
Also, I love how Mary Bennet is cut out of almost every retelling… that poor girl can never get a break.
Ok but for real if you like Pride and Prejudice retellings, this one was adorable! This author clearly really knows P&P and was able to take the necessary bits and build her own story. And the book description makes it sound cheesier than it is!