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(The Austen Project #4)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  81,227 ratings  ·  10,797 reviews
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 ...more
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Published April 19th 2016 by Random House
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Diana Graham Yes, if you check them out from the library! :)
Sonia Not at all. As I understand it, the series is comprised of different authors doing their own take on Jane Austin's novels. I've only read two of the f…moreNot at all. As I understand it, the series is comprised of different authors doing their own take on Jane Austin's novels. I've only read two of the four and this one is a much better read.(less)

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Mar 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Pride and Prejudice, as great a piece of literature as it is, is largely a parody of its time. Mrs. Bennet's desperate hunt for suitable husbands for her girls, the resigned Mr. Bennet, the silliness of the younger Bennet girls, the commentary on social class. The humor and wit is quite subtle, but - Liz an Darcy's romance aside - it is a parody just the same. In that sense, Eligible is a great homage to it. It is filled with wit and dry humor, a rare thing these days.

This book is a lot more obv
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a little ridiculous how well done this rebelling of pride and prejudice is. So sharp and clever. The Bennetts are wholly annoying but well drawn characters. The book is faithful to the source in the necessary ways but also fresh in surprising ways. Really liked how Darcy and Liz's relationship evolved. Took a while to get into the book but once I was hooked I finished it in one setting. ...more
Will Byrnes
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
”My dear,” said Mr. Bennett, “if a sock puppet with a trust fund and a Harvard medical degree moved here, you’d think he was meant to marry one of our girls.”
It is a truth universally acknowledged that, like the works of William Shakespeare and Bill Finger, some stories demand reinterpretation every generation or so. Using the ancient structures provides a framework within which the re-inventor can bring to the older foundations and i-beams some more contemporary facades. The one that stands
Mar 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, chick-lit, 2016
Wow, this is garbage from page 1.
Elyse  Walters
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update... $1.99 Kindle special today! FUN - laugh out loud Contemporary fiction by the talented Curtis Sittenfeld. I loved it!

Glorious storytelling!!! Incandescent....sparklingly alive, thrilling, jam-packed with
humor, with unforgettable characters. There are so many reasons to love this novel.
I loved, admired, and devoured it.

While dazzling-fun, and gorgeously written, Curtis Sittenfeld explores important problems of family, work, friendships, couples, passion, marriage, secrets,
feminism, b
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone grab the smelling salts, because I nearly fainted when I discovered how much fun this book was.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my veryveryvery favorite novels, so naturally I am wary of modern adaptations. Most Jane Austen fan fiction is mediocre, and I was braced for Curtis Sittenfeld's book to be bad.

But it wasn't bad! I really enjoyed reading it! I thought the updated story was clever, and occasionally I even laughed out loud. Sittenfeld has some thoughtful commentary on modern society
About a third of a way into "Eligible", I was pursing my lips in disapproval, tch-tch-ing internally at the writer's palpable failure to recreate even a smidgen of the magical Elizabeth-Darcy sexual tension that has sort of become a benchmark for the portrayal of sexual sizzle between a romance novel hero and heroine, when Sittenfeld turned things around quite dramatically. Not in the romance department, that is, but in the social justice area much to my surprise.

It's an exercise in futility to
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I am not the biggest fan of Jane Austen, but couldn’t resist this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice from an acclaimed author. How do you take a plot from 1813 – driven by inheritance drama and women’s need to marry for financial security and social respectability – and use it to comment on the modern world?

If this book is an indication, the answer is: you don’t. But reactions will come down to expectations. If you’re looking for an addictive, cotton-candy read, you can stop here, because t
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently in this case, modern means sleazy.

I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. That was exciting but it is probably the only reason that I went to the effort to finish the book. The books is divided into three parts and dozens and dozens on teeny tiny chapters which I found completely unnecessary and tedious. Speaking of tedious the author added way too many unnecessary details. For example, how Liz puts on lipstick and where she learned that "trick" from work.

The only positives: t
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I was worried going into this because I wasn't sure how they were going to write this re-telling without messing it up too bad. And I have seen some negative reviews but there have been the good ones too.


It was so bizarre reading about all of the group in a modern telling but I did very much enjoy it. I did almost faint when I read some of the girls dropping the F-bomb and having sex with certain people. It seemed so wrong on so many levels but was such a good book. It wa
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, you say????? Well . . . .

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Quick confessional: I may have just a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bit of a P&P addiction. I meant to take a shelfie, but . . . well, stupid and also I stayed up way past my old lady bedtime last night finishing this so I forgot. Anywho, I have a habit of buying multiple copies of the same book, but usually it’s by accident. With P&P it’s truly a sickness. I have
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Eligible is supposed to be a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I found it more of a mocking shell of that beloved classic than any re-telling. There’s no way I’m going to imagine that the original version would’ve ever devolved into this story. I didn’t care for or respect any of the characters, maybe with the exception of Jane. Just the fact that Bingley was in a Bachelor type reality dating show gave me pause. Didn’t care for the situation they were in when I stopped reading ...more
Felice Laverne
Eligible is the witty and modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Here you will find the Bennett sisters in the 21st century, complete with artificial insemination, yoga, and fad workout obsessions among other more raucous taboos. Here you will also find nearly 200 chapters—oh my goodness, those chapters; more on those below—and a page count a bit gratuitous for such a read. HOWEVER, within that excessive page count you will also find, sharply entertaining dialogue that’s convinci ...more
2 confused STARS of Pride and Prejudice meets Sex and Cincinatti??

WHAT THE ACTUAL F? You may ask. And the answer is: PRECISELY THAT.


shoehorned into


For P&P fans: read it at your peril and only if you get a kick out of horrified fascination.

For readers in general: if you'd like some fluffy entertainment, this book certainly delivers .

Comparing it to the other books in "The Austen Project", it does not even come close to Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid, but it was way better than either Emma by A
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Chick-lit
2.5 stars

I didn't realize this was a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER when I picked it up. If I had, I probably would have lowered my expectations a bit. Chick-lit isn't my preferred genre to start with, and usually, anything on a list like that turns out to be a miss for me, so I try to go into those sorts of books with the idea that it probably won't end up being a favorite. And I'm not saying it in that 'hip outsider' I'm not MAINSTREAM like you cows way, or in a pretentious I only watch PBS way. I'
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! I am a Jane Austen fan and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books. Rewrites like this are always a worry because sometimes terrible liberties are taken with the original. However I found Eligible to be everything it should be!
To enjoy it fully you really need to have read the original several times. I have not read anything by Curtis Sittenfeld before but she has a really light touch and a great sense of humour just as Austen herself had. For this reason Sitt
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
* Based on a reading of an ARC

I finish about half of the book and to prevent myself from bashing my head against the wall and causing serious bodily harm, I decided to stop reading. I didn't want to give this book a star but since I can't write a review without giving a star...

I just don’t think this book and I were compatible. Maybe Fiction-Romance (Chicklit) of these days are like this but I’ll not excuse the author of certain things that goes beyond the compatibility.

Here are a few of reaso
Eligible, oh Eligible. I have very mixed feelings about this book. As an elevated beach read type of book, I think Eligible more or less works on the whole. As a "modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice", it hit highs and lows, and is probably average overall versus the Austen sequel/retelling/zombie-fied other titles out there. As a work of literary fiction, the humorous writing is strong, but the observational and storytelling aspects felt fairly unoriginal: I was expecting sly, incisive prose ...more
Tyler Goodson
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The best thing I can say about Eligible is that I would have loved it even if it had nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice. The second best thing I can say about Eligible is that it is a head-spinningly good adaptation. The writing is sharp, and the characters are refreshingly complicated. They feel real enough to pass on the street. Familiar and surprising in all the ways it needed to be, every feeling I wanted to feel was felt, and feelings I didn't expect to feel were felt, too. It didn't ma ...more
Sherwood Smith
Copy received courtesy of NetGalley

These days there seem to be a number of fictional conversations with classics, with varying degrees of success. I have trouble with a lot of the Austen ones (in spite of their being among the most marketable) mostly because I’m oriented on Austen’s text, rather than the films or adaptations such as the Bridget Jones books.

A lot of them I end up abandoning, but this modern version of Pride and Prejudice I gulped down in two sittings, long as it is. It has a lot
I admit it: I've never read Pride and Prejudice. I've never even really had the slightest inclination to read Pride and Prejudice. I have found that classics are not for me and I've accepted this as a part of my reading life, regardless of what I may possibly be missing out on. The only reason I (desperately) wanted to read Eligible was for Curtis Sittenfeld, because I have loved every book she's ever written and I would follow her anywhere.

So with Eligible, I got the best of both worlds - I go
Feb 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Well, I finished this.

CW for transphobia, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia towards the end of this review.

I don't think I've ever read a book that gives off the distinct impression that its author hates its characters. Not knowing the authorial intent, obviously I can't say whether or not that judgement is necessarily true. But while I was reading, I found myself repeating the same thought: "Wow. I don't think the author actually likes any of her characters."

Likability can be touchy, particular
Julie Ehlers
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
I love Pride and Prejudice but I'm no purist, and I'm a big fan of Curtis Sittenfeld, so Eligible should have been an obvious slam dunk for me. Still, I was a bit apprehensive. Could Pride and Prejudice really be updated to the present day? (I know Helen Fielding did it successfully, but Bridget Jones's Diary was a much looser adaptation.) I was worried this just wouldn't work, or that its themes would cause it to tip over into the chick lit everyone always accuses Sittenfeld of writing even tho ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awful. Yet I finished it. Of course I did because it’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I wanted to see the betrayal of Elizabeth and Darcy! I knew it was going to be terrible within the first few chapters and I debated wither nor not I should even review this book because I hated it so much.

I want to spoil it so bad with all the stuff that is in it. Can I? Please? No? ok… nope I gotta tell ya.

I struggled through the whole book and could not bring myself to care about any of
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

----Jane Austen

Curtis Sittenfeld, an American bestselling author, pens an enticing and modern version of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice in her retelling book, Eligible that weaves the portrait of the upper-class and an affluent family in the society, among whom the mother of the family with the onset of her eldest daughter's fast approaching fortieth birthday decide
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recommend?

Received this Advance Reader's Copy in return for an honest review. Thanks very much for that.

First I would like to say how very impressed I am with the speed Random House, New York, UPS & Post Haste Couriers New Zealand delivered this book to me. I've had parcels posted within NZ arrive slower.

& I was so excited to get this book. I'd heard about the Austen Project (modern retellings of Jane Austen's masterpieces by famous modern writers) & heard that while the earlier books were disappointi
Mariah Roze
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for my hometown book club and I really enjoyed it! This is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, but I have never read the classic version. Still, I enjoyed this book fully. I encourage reading this book even if you haven’t read the classic novel.

Parts of the book were hilarious and the couples and dating were funny too!

I truly enjoyed this book; a solid 4 stars!!

P.s. This book was also my E book for the A-Z book title challenge :)
Cathrine ☯️
Well, hmm.
I drank 2 glasses of Granache Blanc as I finished this up. I was thinking I was too Mary-like in my response to this novel and it might help me be more Lydia-like. Perhaps if I had imbibed the entire way.

"Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures. They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. But I confess they would have no charms for me. I should infinitely prefer a book." —Mary to her sister Lydia in Pride and Prejudice.

Me too Mary
Cassie  R. (cassie-loves-reading)
It is very rare for me to pick up a book and not finish it. Typically if it happens it's because I grow bored, it doesn't often happen because I dislike the book so much i don't see a point in continuing to read it. I, unfortunately, didn't see a point in finishing this book.

I don't often read contemporary romance or classic retellings so maybe I just wasn't going into this book with the right mindset. The fact is that I loved Pride and Prejudice and I hated what this book did to that wonderful
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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (due out April 2016) as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Curtis's writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair,Time, Slate, Glamour, ...more

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