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Worst Impressions: a Teen Romantic Comedy (The Jane Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It just didn't.
The "urban" language turned me off. It's SO overdone here. I don't mind an "a'ight" or three, but not every other phrase needs to be "real", you know? Even my family members who can successfully pull off this mode of speaking don't do so all the time, and none of us are anywhere near upper-middle class.
Wedging Pride & Prejudice into modern re-tellings doesn't always work well - when the stakes are less than marriage, the story loses something. That's definitely the case with this Worst Impressions, only it suffers additionally from the conversion to high school drama. The pettiness somehow feels even less tolerable for being carried out by high school students; I certainly couldn't respect the relationships at the end knowing that they're just teenagers. (Yes, I know Lizzy was 20 in the original story, but 20 two hundred years ago meant something different than 20 these days.)
I think the best change in this update was the character of Mrs. Bennet. No longer a woman desperate to marry her daughters off, she's now a mother determined to keep her daughters from fooling around with any high school boys at all. I love it! She's just as obsessed and obnoxious as the original Mrs. B, and it works well. Also in the plus column: a gentler Mr. Collins figure. It works without being overly cruel.
The squicky underage sex story? Still squicky here.
All in all, I think I might have forgiven more if I wasn't frustrated by the language before I hit the third chapter. That's my hang-up, though: if you read the sample and it doesn't bug you, then you may enjoy this update of a classic.
It's a great read and very funny, I found myself cracking up with laughter many times in the book. Liz is a strong character with a mind of her own, Jeni is a modern day "Jane" without being too goody-goody (as the original Jane was) and I loved the updated Mrs. Bennett as someone who wanted the girls to go to College and succeed without making too many mistakes along the way (teenage pregnancy, anyone?) instead of a mother hell-bent on getting her daughters married. The sense of family that you get throughout the book is commendable. I thought the writer glossed over the risk of having unprotected sex with a teenage Don-Juan. There are some STD's that can't be cured by a "penicillin shot".
My only "ick" factor in the book is that the author has no problems with siblings (Liz & Jeni) dating siblings (Darcelle & Charles). Uck.... can anyone truly get away with that in the real world? Other than that, it's a good read for a cozy night home.
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This is a good read for teenagers and adults. It's very funny, relatable and hits true points. It will help young people understand why they should not assume or judge others... Read morePublished 19 months ago by LaToya Moore
I liked how this book covered what most teenage black girls go through in high school, including the drama as well.Published 20 months ago by Jen Lee
Thoroughly enjoyed the family first and tribulations of youth. Funny yet true to form with a house of 4 girls!Published 21 months ago by Toni Lupo