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The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet

(The Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,325 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Based on the Emmy Award­-winning “genius” (The Guardian) web series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, this is a new novel starring Lizzie’s spunky sister Lydia as she navigates the joys and pitfalls of becoming an adult in the digital age.

Before her older sister, Lizzie, started her wildly popular vlog, Lydia was just a normal twenty-year-old plotting the many ways she could get
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:
The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet is a love letter to fans of the wildly popular webseries, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. There's no other way to put it. In the Acknowledgments, the authors say that the book would not have existed if people hadn't voiced their love, affection, and concern for this version of Lydia Bennet. So it seems absolutely right that Lydia should finally get her own story via the voices of those who loved her...because this book, in,
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TL
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


A satisfying sequel-of-sorts to our favorite little sister :) When we leave off with Lydia, the whole debacle with George Wickham is over, Lydia is healing and thinking of majoring in Psychology.

This is about Lydia figuring out herself and her future after the camera turns off for good.

Lydia's voice comes through loud and clear.. it feels like she's pulling you into her confidence and sharing her story with you while you're hangin out on the couch. While she made some choices I wish she hadn't,
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Debby
4 stars

In case you didn't get the memo, I adore The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It's a fabulous modern day retelling of Pride & Prejudice in a webseries format, and now it's spawned TWO books to give even more depth to the story. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet tells Lydia's story after the webseries ends... and boy. It's a doozy. It's only right that Lydia, arguably the series' most complex character, gets the chance to shine in her own story. I loved it.

This book is all about Lydia, so whether
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Whitney Milam
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Because another thing he has failed at doing is taking my identity, and taking my voice. Those are mine. And with them, I can always turn my failures into strengths.

A satisfying follow-up to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries that finally gives the series' scene-stealing breakout character a chance to tell her own story - and continue it, on her terms. Lydia is a fun, clever, engaging first-person narrator: it's impossible not to root for her as she attempts to redefine herself, pursue meaningful new adv
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Susana

Arc provided by Touchstone through Netgalley

I had a hard time with this book, and part of it was my fault.

After all, this is Lydia's book. And Lydia is Lydia. Even in the aftermath of "Wickham's I wanna punch you in the nuts SOB" incident, she is still her same frustrating self piling mistakes after mistakes.
The thing is, this contemporary version of Lydia is also extremely adorb.


My biggest complaint about this story is that _for me_ it just felt as if it went on and on.
It's a very emotional, in
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Erin Wert
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
I have been waiting a long time to be able to finish Lydia's story, so as soon as I received an ARC for this book, I couldn't wait to finally go on this last journey with Lydia. And it was a journey that did not disappoint. If you've felt like Lydia's story remained unfinished, if you've ever wished she could have made just one more video, this book is for you.

Unlike the corresponding book previously released by Rorick and Su, telling the untold behind the scenes of Lizzie's story during her vl
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Daphne
I'm so happy I finally got the this book! I think I added this to my TBR back in 2015, was SUPER excited, and then proceeded to never pick it up. I don't know what was wrong with me.

I recently re-watched all of LBD along with reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, so I thought it would be a good time to finally read this. And it was phenominal. While I detest Lydia in the book and the film adaptations, she's probably my favorite character in LBD. While her story doesn't end on a sad note, it
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Laurence R.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dying-to-read
I didn't know just how much I needed this book! I missed Lydia so much and this book made me so happy. It's so realistic and so Lydia! The ending made me really emotional, I just love her so much.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Shut up, I’m not crying. There’s just a tree branch in my eye. That’s all. A tree branch named Lydia Bennet. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet is not at all the book I expected it to be, which was disappointing at first, but Lydia’s book was ultimately much better for that. As much as I love all of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, my favorite thing is Lydia’s arc and the changes to her character. In The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, she gets to develop even further, navigating those complicated n ...more
Giselle Bradley
#contemporaryathon book 6! I really liked this one! It was my 5 star prediction technically but I didn’t quite expect it to me. So I’m happy!! Let’s see if I can finish a few more before the readathon ends.
Mirte
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favourite webseries ever, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, has been finished for nearly two years at this point - last year saw the publication of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, a companion book to the series, and now this novel has just been brought out - a sequel, of sorts. As the writers (the same who wrote episodes for the webseries) explained, Lydia was the only one who did not get a nicely tied up ending; all the other characters are clearly going to good places at the end of the series, ...more
Gabrielle S
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, arcs, eidelweiss
Thanks to Eidelweiss for the ARC.

Like many people I fell in love with Mary-Kate Wiles's portrayal of Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and so I was very happy to get my hands on this book because while Austen's Lydia Bennet is terrible this Lydia Bennet is delightful. This book starts off with Lydia's last summer at community college. She is working to take the last two summer classes she needs and there is a boy. Lydia learns a lot about herself. For those Mary fans there is also a lot
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Mary Bronson
Wow, I thought this was a great book! I really enjoyed reading it. Once I got started it was hard for me to put the book down. I loved the continuation from the "Lizzie Bennet Diaries" and have it from Lydia's point of view. I thought the plot was really well written. I have always wonder what happened with Lydia after the whole thing with George. Now all we need is a stand alone novel of Jane and how things are going with her. I want to hear her point of view.
QNPoohBear
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
George Wickham betrayed Lydia Bennet's trust and she in turn must win back the trust of her family. Lydia has an epic plan: finish community college with stellar grades so she can transfer to a four-year school, Central Bay College near Lizzie and move in with cousin Mary. While Mary works as a barista at the community college coffee shop, Lydia works on her plan. Her grand plan doesn't get off to a great start with the college application asks for an essay on failure. Ew! Like who wants to reli ...more
Malin
Lydia Bennet became somewhat of an internet celebrity when her older sister Lizzie's vlogs, made as part of her graduate project, went viral in a major way. Always happy to be the centre of attention, Lydia made her own videos and loved the attention she got on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media sites. Unfortunately, when she fell in love with and trusted a man who took terrible advantage of her, she also had to face her private life being open for all to see, and her name became sy ...more
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-audiobook
I absolutely loved where this story went, and I especially enjoyed Lydia's character development. This was such a wonderful addition to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Highly recommend the audio, which is narrated by Mary Kate Wiles!
Jessica
3.5*
This book is a companion piece to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are more of a light fluffy, in many ways reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet is the exact opposite. Its a darker and more depressing read of a character that undoubtedly have her fair share of flaws and impulsive behaviors. Its basically a modern telling of Lydia Bennet, whom runs off and gets married to Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice. There are countless and countl
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Lily
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
*I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

I was worried I wouldn't like this book. I have always has a special hatred for Lydia Bennet. As a semi-goody-two-shoes, I could never believe someone could be so thoughtless as to become an embarrassment and create so much trouble for their family. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries changed that for me. Lydia was still thoughtless, but she tried her hardest and was just attempting to make her own way. I still wasn't sure I w
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Sarah
Official Rating: 3.5 stars

It's no secret to most people that I adored The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I was late on the train, but I watched the entire series in one day and have watched the entire thing multiple times since. I loved The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and seeing as LBD gave my favorite portrayal of the historically super infuriating Lydia Bennet, I was excited to see what this book would hold.

There were certain elements of the story I really liked -- seeing Lydia grow as a character (
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Emily Joy
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I have so much appreciation for this book. The end of Lydia's story in the webseries really left me wanting to know more. I don't think that there were loose ends, but I desperately wanted to know what she did afterwards. This book is incredible because it develops how she changed after what happened to her with Wickham and how her healing process developed and affected her decisions, goals, and personality. I loved seeing her change.

And I just want to say that I totally called it that (view spo
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Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Alix
Cover Story: Brown Bag It
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: -eleventy billion and also 2
Talky Talk: MKW!Lydia
Ambivalence Factor: PTSD
Bonus Factors: Cameos, New York, Chris the Bouncer
Relationship Status: I’ll Be Your Goth Cousin BFF

Read the full book report here.
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Amir at NotSoLiterary
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Listened to this in one sitting. My ears feel like they're bleeding a bit but totally worth it! RTC :)
Ana
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a journey of finding yourself and I loved it.
Angel
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying and fun read.
Misskaktus
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story does weird thing to reader's mind. While I was kind of glad to reunite with Lizzie's Diary characters and for Lydia's chance to tell her story I went through many different emotions (stages of grieving?). It was so hard to stop reading. I felt like if I don't read I would like to call Lydia and ask how she's doing.. Or just kick her. I was so in conflict with my emotions, sometimes feeling empathy for her and sometimes... not so much. and while reading/watching Lizzie Bennet Diary I w ...more
Laurie
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5. I'm a huge fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and it was cool to take a journey of self-discovery with Lydia here. However, I did feel like it dragged at parts and I would love more Milo and Kat.
Christina
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
The character just wasn't my favorite. I mean, get off your butt already!
Angela Sullivan
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
cheers to a book sequel featuring the only lydia bennet i haven’t hated.
Samantha Ania
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally reading this made me cry. Lydia's journey is a lot and its important and I am Emotion.
Zawadi
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like how Lydia was the protagonist in this one. She is a wise choice as a narrator because of how perceptive she is. The story really comes alive through her point of view because of how she's able to read people so clearly.
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Emmy Award-winning writer Kate Rorick is the author of novels about modern motherhood. Her latest is Little Wonders (William Morrow, coming 3/17/20). She is also a television writer and producer, most recently for The Librarians and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. Kate was one of the writers behind the runaway YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and authored its two tie-in novels
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