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Prada and Prejudice Paperback – June 11, 2009
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Grade 7-10–Fifteen-year-old Callie's class trip to England is, like most things in her life, remarkably unremarkable. Ever since she was overheard making a derogatory remark about cheerleaders by one of the most popular girls in school, Callie has been permanently on the D list. To her misery and embarrassment, she has been ditched by her class-trip buddy, leaving her stranded at their London hotel. A scheme to join fellow classmates on a surreptitious trip to a hot club leads to her tripping spectacularly over her new Prada heels. Upon waking from her blackout, Callie discovers that she has been transported to Regency England and is now the long-lost American friend of Emily, a well-to-do teenager. True to her character, she makes a series of faux pas with the titled gentry, earning her the disapproval of a matriarch and a dashing 19-year-old duke. Although her adjustment to an 1815 lifestyle is rough, she begins to appreciate her friendship with Emily and her surprising budding romance with the duke. Callie's perpetual awkwardness, chronic foot-in-mouth syndrome, spiritedness, and openness make her genuinely likable. Endearingly funny episodes involving a Heart and Soul pianoforte duet and a CPR rescue in front of an astonished crowd are contrasted with Callie's determination to rescue Emily from an engagement to a suitor 30 years her senior. Although some aspects of the book and character traits are stock and predictable, this is a fun and charming read, sure to be popular with fans of humor and romance.–Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA
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"...a fun and charming read, sure to be popular with fans of humor and romance." --School Library Journal
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This is one of those books you'll hate to put down, because every chapter is so much fun. You'll find yourself rooting for the awkward Callie as she eventually grows more confident in herself. You'll drool for the sexy duke Alex, and when Callie finally does find her "footing", you'll cheer for her! Based very loosely on Pride and Prejudice, this humorous teen time-travel romance is the perfect escape.
I love the whole regency period and often wish I'd magically land in the era myself, so this novel was right up my alley. Callie was a very 21st century character so having her wake up in the 1800's was rather comical! I would have liked to gotten to know her 21st century character a little bit more, but I couldn't definitely see a change in her, from the brief time I'd seen her in her "own world."
The writing flowed nicely and was very charming. P&P was a very quick read for me, due to a combination of it being only 270 pages and from being very entertaining. This is a must read for Jane Austen Junkies!
Overall, this is an enjoyable and credible modern twist on the classic. It has creative plot parallels to the original book. In addition, Callie's character development is interesting and relatable. Anyone who likes Jane Austen should like this version of the story, although readers expecting something deep or intellectual will be disappointed.
Prada and Prejudice sounded just about perfect to me, an awkward girl is tossed back in time and clashes with an arrogant young Duke. Callie, aged fifteen, is shy. She's a bookworm and doesn't have any friends among the other girls on her once-in-a-lifetime trip to England. But then she overhears the other girls saying they are going to sneak out and go to a nightclub and she decides to join them, it's her last chance to impress them and try to have a good time on her trip.
She heads out to buy something snappy for her night out and BAM, she's in the 18th century!
All of the story, up to this point, was fantastic. I loved Callie's determination in the face of the snotty rich girls.
But there were some bumps in the story.
No explanation is given for her time travel.
It seemed a bit too convenient that she found a place to stay and everyone was super accepting of her odd ways and didn't seem too scandalized by her bizarro modern clothing.
The rules of conduct, being alone with a man you are not married to or closely related to weren't followed. Ditto for the wandering around improperly dressed.
The strange incident at the end of the ball didn't add to the story in any way and even the characters moved on from what would have been considered a miracle for that time period.
Her angry clashes with people about being treated the way 18th century women are treated. Callie was def a feminist.
Callie's angry diatribe about not being referred to as 'my lady,' wore thin.
Where the story truly shone were in the interactions between Callie and Emily (a sweet, docile girl with a flair for fashion and an impending arranged marriage to an old guy).
Also, in the beginning of the book I had an intense feeling of embarrassment for Callie as she tried, so hard, to fit in with the popular girls. I think the author really got how terrible it is to be a stranger to the people around you because you have a certain quirkiness that isn't appreciated.
All in all, this was a quick read with a nice ending.