Hey lovelies, I’m here for another review! Today we’re going to be talking about Eligble, a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I actually signed up to try out a Book of the Month membership, and when I saw that this one was one of my choices I was so excited. After diving in, it was definitely an A+ options. If you’re a Jane Austen fan at all, then this book should be on your radar.
This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.
Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.
Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .
And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Retellings
Let me just start off by saying that this book is absolutely HILARIOUS. Like in Pride and Prejudice, the family dynamic in this book is over the top and amusing. Liz’s mom is just as ridiculous and condesending, and her sisters, besides Jane, are just as crazy. I think the part of the story that made it the funniest though was seeing Pride and Prejudice translated into a modern setting. For being such different time periods, the story translated suprisingly well.
I really loved Liz, and she was such a great representation of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The way she interacted with Darcy was priceless, and I loved him just as much as the original. Throughout the course of the book, their relationship developed in the best ways. The two of them had the hardest time in their relationship (sounds familiar right?), and over the entire span of the book, I was definitely rooting for them.
The extra twist that this story has is a reality TV show called Eligible, and it’s along the same vein as The Bachelor. Bingley is on the show on several occassions, and it plays a pretty huge role in his relationship with Jane. The show added some additional drama to the story, and I definitely though it was quite the perk. Reality shows always are, right?
Overall, I thought this was a really great read and retelling. It did Austen proud, and as far as I’m concerned, it may be one I reread almost as much as the original.