I was so excited when my neighbor loaned me her favorite book! I’d be excited to read anyone’s favorite book, truth be told. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked on Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld!! It is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and a fun, lighthearted easy read.
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.
And now, it is confession time. I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know. It’s shameful. I loved Eligible so much that I was inspired to read Pride and Prejudice. I chose this beautiful version and was excited to dive in… Pride and Prejudice Puffin plated book.
I tried really, really hard to like it. Chapter after chapter and the words just swam around on the page. It was like a special kind of torture at the end of my day. I finally quit. I don’t think I’ve quit a book since… maybe ever?? Ha!
Have you read Eligible? Pride and Prejudice? Have you ever quit a book? Tell me!
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