Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


in a sentence: "In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

The epic love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has been made into several movies, the latest of which stars some hip young hollywood actors and actresses. While this book is a classic, it's recent popularity as a movie has made it a popular young adult read as well. The writing is witty, clever, and the reader is taken along for the rollercoaster ride of Lizzie and Darcy's relationship from casual acquaintance to absolute infatuation. Lizzie struggles with 4 other sisters (yikes) an overbearing mother (yikes again) and a loving, but pretty complacent father. While she doesn't have a great interest in finding a husband, even if she wanted to devote herself to it completely she has to give attention to her perfect relationship with her older sister, and support her family during her younger sister's frivolous boy-crazy episodes. Lucky for her, Darcy is infatuated enough for the both of them - and she doesn't even know it. (insert dramatic romantic sigh here)

I loved this book - and I adore the movie. The story is so classic, so clean, refreshing, and timeless. The early 1800s setting of the novel creates a nostalgic and classic feel for all of the characters. I think young adults will appreciate the timeless "boy meets girl" story, and all the twists and turns along the way. The reader is privy to the obvious attraction between the two long before they are - which is quite exciting and keeps the reader's interest. Unfortunately, I feel that the writing is a bit difficult for some readers to absorb into. While there is a intriguing and enjoyable aspect to the 1800s style, it might be overwhelming and a turn off to young adult readers.

Using VOYA standards, I give this a 5Q (it is a Jane Austen novel after all) and a unfortunately low (but realistic) 2.5P.

Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Romance, Lisa's Faves, Classic, Chick Lit
Publisher: Tribeca Books 
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2 comments:

  1. did i ever tell you that this book sucks? because it does.

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  2. did i ever tell you that your taste in classic literature sucks? because it does.

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