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Love, Lies and Lizzie (21st Century Austen #4)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  291 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
What would happen if the traumas of teenage life and love from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice were transferred to the twenty-first century?

When Mrs. Bennet inherits enough money to move into the kind of village she has always dreamed of, her daughters find themselves swept up in a glamorous life of partying and country pursuits.

But Lizzie and her sisters soon discover
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 25th 2009 by Piccadilly Press
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Laurel
Jan 12, 2010 Laurel rated it really liked it
Lizzie and Darcy with cell phones

In her fourth book in the Jane Austen in the 21st-century series for young adult readers, (and some older adults who are forever young at heart), author Rosie Rushton tackles Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, retelling the story with a contemporary twist. Her teenage Lizzie Bennet and sisters are still hunting for beaus, but with all of the advantages of modern technology: mobile phones, laptop computers and blackberries. The Bennet family alw
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
Feb 07, 2011 SJH (A Dream of Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I haven't read anything by Rosie Rushton before but I picked this one up in the library because a) the cover is really pretty and b) it's described as a moder-spin on 'Pride and Prejudice' and as my other passion besides YA is 19th century literature, that definitely sounded like the sort of book I'd enjoy. I'm pleased to say that I absolutely loved it and I'm going to make a point now of searching out some of Rosie Rushton's other books. She's apparantly written several novels in the 'Jane Aust ...more
Rebecca- Books
Sep 15, 2010 Rebecca- Books rated it really liked it
Well...normal story. I was in the library, saw this and was like 'Ooooo Pride and Prejudice re-make!', whipped out my library card and rushed towards to the desk in a hurry, getting it and rushing into the sunset, happy. Well, yes, not quite but you get the picture...if anyone is reading this apart from myself.
Well, when I first started reading it, I was thinking 'God, Jane Austen would be turning in her grave' and at the beginning, the word 'muttered' is repeated a number of times on the same p
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
An Upbeat and Updated Version of “Pride and Prejudice” for YA Readers

If you have not yet come across this series “Jane Austen in the 21st Century,” by Rosie Rushton, it is a collection of updated versions of Jane Austen's novels geared towards the young adult audience. This is the fourth book in the series, yet it is the first one I read. Rosie Rushton started this series in 2005 with “The Dashwood Sisters' Secret of Love” (Sense and Sensibility), in 2007 “Summer of Secrets” (Northanger Abbey) w
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Ceri
This is a modern version of Pride and Prejudice for young adult readers. Lizzy's family has some into some money and moved to a posh estate where they meet the Bingley family, which includes Bingley parents in this version. Unlike many modern versions this one is not just inspired by P&P but quite closely follows the story. There are some differences of course, for example the Mr Collins character is Mr Bennet's godson rather than the heir to his estate but in essentials it's not far off. Th ...more
Brigitte
Jul 07, 2010 Brigitte rated it did not like it
I purchased this book, thinking it might be a cute re-telling of Jane Austen's P&P. While the character names were similar, personalities were exaggerated and over the top. Even though the story (what there is of it) is cute, it is incredibly poorly written. The dialogue is very sophmoric, as though the writer is trying to use every entry in her tag phrase list ("he said...check. she said....check. she grimaced....check. he grinned ....check., etc). Much of the writing sounds as though the w ...more
Amy
Jan 28, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
At first I was not sure. I feel it has not given any justice to the original and seemed to find myself constantly trying to compare the scenes in this novel to the original.
I have also read Pride and Prejudice Vs Zombies which I found does not butcher the story as much as this novel does.

Though I must admit when I cast aside it is meant to be a 21st Century remake of Pride and Prejudice, I did enjoy the story. It was an easy read and I rather enjoyed the events that occurred.
I did find Emily L
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Urszula
This was simply another version of Pride & Prejudice. The original was perfect so why try change something that is already good? The author tried very hard to bring the story into the 21st century by using "cool" language, that she thought was used by the youth of today. She failed miserably. What she has accomplished was to make each character look unintelligent and down right stupid. She even managed that with Elizabeth B. and Mr Darcy.

The dialogue/language used by the Bingleys and Darcys
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Stef Rozitis
Dec 09, 2014 Stef Rozitis rated it it was ok
Ok so I gave it 2 stars because the plot (being written by the great Austen) is not as crap as most YA romance books. I was inclined to give it one star for originality but I figured, as pointless as it was it was a better read than tens of thousands of the genre.

My main difficulty with the book was "why would you bother?". I mean Jane Austen has already written the exact same plot and done it a whole lot better with a better command of language, characters that work better in their original set
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Milka
Jun 12, 2010 Milka rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya-contemporary
This is the fourth Jane Austen in 21st Century YA novel written by Rosie Rushton. Rushton's teenage version of Elizabeth Bennet and her sister are looking for guys, just like the Bennet sisters in the original Jane Austen novel. In Love, lies and Lizzie they don't write letters to their loved ones; they have cellphones, Internet and all the other devices of modern technology to help them out.


Rushton is faithful to the original storyline. Of course there are some changes, since the story takes p
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Kerenza
Aug 24, 2013 Kerenza rated it really liked it
This book mainly follows the book outline of Pride and Prejudice and who will end up with who is also the same. Also many of the character where the same, but sme had more modernised names, like Kitty or Catherine her names had been changed to Katie.I read this book after reading 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austin and I really liked both books.

I felt this book had few fults, my problems were that although Lydia and Mr Wickham get togther in the book but they don't this is book. Maybe it is fo
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Melissa
Dec 31, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read Pride and prejudice yet, but I've been told that the book follows a similar premise as the original story.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read, quick and fun.
I definitely would recommend this book to people who would like to read Pride and Prejudice in a modern setting with teenagers.
Éowyn
Mar 08, 2016 Éowyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-related
This wasn't great literature, but then I never expected it to be. It is a nice, easy read though and I thought it worked well as a modern version of P&P, although the second half of the book could have been drawn out a little more I thought - it's not clear exactly what happens to Wickham for example, and I do like my poetic justice to be well served!
Namratha
"You really are crazy about this guy, aren't you?"

LIZZIE: "Crazy? No, not really. I think I'm more sane than I've ever been."

That sensible,totally "sorted" statement by Lizzie (yet another delightful take on our beloved Elizabeth Bennet) spells out the simple fact that this is a good book and a quick, breezy, readable adaptation of the much revered 'Pride and Prejudice' .

I can't write a review on this book because it would be just another gush-fest on the perfect ensemble cast, spitfire dia
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Peri
Apr 13, 2016 Peri rated it it was amazing
So, I really liked this book, it was a really well-done remake of Pride and Prejudice.

Just last night, I went to see a movie version of Pride and Prejudice, called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies... It was really funny, I recommend it to all.

Anyways, really good book, great characters and overall a great read.
Aleksandra
Aug 16, 2015 Aleksandra rated it really liked it
Definitely easier to process than the original story, but it isn't just a story inspired by Jane Austen. Rushton, in my opinion, managed to capture Austen's Spirit. The book is sweet, humorous and a bit dramaticaly written but it's really good and cheerful.
Suzan
Aug 01, 2013 Suzan rated it really liked it
I love when Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is transplanted to modern times. I just love getting other takes on how the story would have progressed if it had happened in a later century. I liked that they made Kitty and Lydia twins in this one though I normally don't normally like too much of the family dynamics changed but I can see how her cousin had to become her father's godson if that element of the pride and prejudice plot was going to work in modern times as it would be unacceptable to ...more
Selena
Jun 27, 2011 Selena rated it really liked it
It was quite good. It wasn't exactly the same retelling of the original book In mordern English but still the story was somewhat different as it had a modern storyline but it still resembled features to the original novel so In the end it kind of gave the same moral or the result. I actially enjoyed reading the book because Lizzie had to overcome the same kind of issues but obviously in a different time/generation and she handled it quite well. Rushton retold the story in a way that appeals more ...more
Hannah
Sep 11, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Well obviously you can't even begin to compare it to the fantastic Jane Austen, who's dialogue was just out of this world! But as a book in its own right it's very good. Very telling I thought about modern society, and how uncivilised really we are compared to back in Georgian times. Lack of integrity or decorum is the phrase maybe. And the slight twists in storyline to keep it up to date were very clever. Would have given it 5 stars if it hadn't been for the fact that Pride and Prejudice is one ...more
Gabriela
Sep 29, 2015 Gabriela rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and a quick read in all.
Clare
Nov 21, 2013 Clare rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice works so very well when updated. Not the best adaptation I have read. But certainly the best of Rosie Rushton's Jane Austen series. James and Lizzie were great characters and it was (as always) interesting to see how Lydia's story would play out.
I did find that in some places it was more a rewrite (as in the same sentences rephrased) but overall this was not a bad read.
Vanessa Wester
Jun 01, 2014 Vanessa Wester rated it really liked it
Read it in a few hours...

Since the original story was written by Jane Austen it can't get a five, but it is a great interpretation suitable for girls in the modern age (I actually bought it for my daughter for Xmas - knowing I could read it! Ha)

Really enjoyed it & would recommend this is bought in a set via The Book Club - where I got it for a great price!
Holly
Sep 19, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
I have been lying about reading Pride and Prejudice for years. I probably never will, but at least now I've read some version of it?!

(One gripe is the way Rushton writes teenage slang, she just really doesn't have a great grip on it. LOL as lots of love in an email just really isn't accurate.)
Dhanu
Feb 15, 2013 Dhanu rated it it was amazing
i really liked it, it was a predictable because i already read pride and prejudice but it had new twists to it. I really would like to read more books like this!
Sally Round
i love this book. it's an amazing modern take on Pride and Prejudice that's wrote in an inspiring fashion. One of my favorite books for it's sheer simplicity.xx
Filmtvgeek
Jan 24, 2015 Filmtvgeek rated it really liked it
Shelves: adaptations, teen
Quite a good version, kept the storyline better than the other two I've read and certainly kept in most of the emotions and quotes that we all admire.
Joanna Yeoh
The characters are presented in greater extremes but the modern take on the situations of the plot make it more relevant to present-day readers.
Kathleen Crowell
cute. definitely more YA than I realized. only baddie was Wickham...very benign cast of characters.
Tommi Welling
Dec 07, 2013 Tommi Welling rated it really liked it
its a good adaptation and for someone who adored the original book thats a lot to say
Daniela Stanciu
Jan 08, 2014 Daniela Stanciu rated it it was ok
It was all right. Nothing spectacular. The narrator did a good job.
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Rosie Rushton began her career as a feature writer for a local paper. Staying Cool, Surviving School was her first book, published by Piccadilly Press in 1993. After writing another non-fiction title, You’re My Best Friend, I Hate You! (available from Puffin), Rosie turned to fiction.

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