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Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
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Mar 31, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: austen-inspired, austen-re-imagination, good-for-girls, young-adult-books
Read in March, 2010

Meh. Another reviewer said the main problem was Callie's (main character) attitude. I agree that the problem was Callie, but not necessarily her attitude. It was her annoying "voice" -- sort of dimwitted. This is a problem for a lot of writers, especially those who write about teen girls. You say, oh, the narrator's really smart, or she loves science, or she's really indepedent. You say it once or twice a chapter, but then spend the entire book not showing us that she is. It is the boil on the ass of YA literature -- showing not telling, especially when it comes to female characters. I also think that a teenager who is used to being a social outcast would not act the way Callie does, with some big plan to become ingratiated to the in-crowd. The time travel thing in this book wasn't the trouble for me. I could suspend my disbelief for that. But I couldn't for Callie's character.

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