You can take the girl out of teenage hell, but can you take teenage hell out of the girl?
At fourteen, Andrea was a geeky, gangly teenager who spent one magical summer with the rich and famous—surrounded by art, polo ponies, and children who bear the names of corporations and main avenues. She had a mad crush on handsome trust fund baby Manolo, but her silly romantic notions were painfully crushed one night by spoiled, arrogant Jaime—the one boy she loved to hate, and who hated her right back.
More than a decade later, Andrea is overworked and under-loved, with no man in sight and no intention of getting back to the delusional business of hoping and throwing caution to the wind. Ordered by her doctor to hightail it out of the city and into a true-blue vacation, she and her best friend, hippie-heiress Pilar, head off to a small, soon-to-open resort on a southern island. But Andrea’s plans of a tranquil summer holiday are ruined by cruel reminders of the past—taking her back to her humiliations and her thwarted desires.
You've spent your whole damn life proving the wrong people right. When are you finally going to do it the other way around?"
I guess by now, it's obvious how much I love Pride and Prejudice. And to finally read a P&P-inspired novella written by a Filipino, woohoo! Hello, representation! I want more!
Prep and Prejudice is a contemporary romance inspired by P&P set in the Philippines. While it followed the hate to love trope and other plot points in the original, this novella had its own voice and story to tell. The author got the essence I loved about Pride and Prejudice and made her spin to it, adding something so intrinsically Filipino to it. The story reminded me of the local dramas I used to watch as a kid, what with social classes, close family ties, and that inevitable happily ever after.
Andrea had her own prejudices against the rich and powerful, but held it against Jaime the most. She had her reasons, and her bad experience with him when they were kids was enough for her to think the worst of him. So years later when they meet again, she jumps to conclusions and continues to think the worst of him even when he's been trying to prove he's not as bad as she thinks. I think it's the main thing hindering Andy and Jaime from finally reaching their HEA.
I really like Jaime, the Darcy equivalent in this story. In most adaptations, Darcy is painted as a near perfect figure whose main fault is his pride. Instead, Jaime is a bit more black sheep than golden boy. I honestly didn't like him at the start of the story and thought he was this book's Wickham, but like in P&P, "one has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it". It was a pleasant surprise to be blindsided like that!
A story of pride, prejudices, second chances, and choosing happiness over everything else, Prep and Prejudice is a lovely light read that made me smile and feel giddy. A perfect read for the beach or holiday.
I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers romances and if they have a dash of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE thrown in there, then girl, you know I just can't say know. Especially since I love. love. loved this author's other book, LOVELESS. CHILDLESS. CLUELESS., an excellent novella about heartbreak, existential crises, and grief.
PREP AND PREJUDICE is about a girl named Andrea, the formerly awkward and poor teenager who orbited like a small, sad planet outside the circle of her rich and popular friends. Ever since she was fourteen, she's had a crush on the golden boy, Manolo, but it was his cousin, Jaime, that she couldn't stand. It was Jaime who humiliated her sexually when she was young, Jaime who always made fun of her and put her into her place. She's never forgiven him for the way he embarrassed her at her first big party.
Now an adult in her mid-twenties, Andrea has shed some of her gawkiness but she is still a highly anxious and self-conscious individual who gets ulcers from stress and has trouble eating when other people are around. She works in television doing slice-of-life stories, but lately the focus has shifted from the people who can actually use the publicity to the kinds of attention-seeking people who rack up cheap views. Both her boss and her doctor tell her she needs a break, so when her friend Pilar offers to take her on an island vacation with their old crowd, she just can't say no. Unfortunately, Jaime is there...
Jaime is just as arrogant and lazy as she remembered, but now he has the looks of a fallen god. Immediately, all of her old defenses spring up like quills, but Jaime doesn't seem as interested in fighting with her anymore, and she finds herself responding to him in a completely unfamiliar and scandalizing way. HELLO BOOK, YOU'RE SINGING MY FAVORITE SONG.
I liked this a lot in the beginning. It reminded me of one of those J-dramas I used to be obsessed with in college - those were huge on enemies-to-lovers, rich-guy/poor-girl storylines, especially if they were reliant on misunderstandings to stir the angst and dramatic irony pots. Man, did Miren B. Flores stir those pots. She stirred them hard. The only problem is, this book felt much too short - especially towards the end, with the rushed ending. Andrea lost me when she started being cruel back and just couldn't stop. I guess, like Elizabeth, she just couldn't let go of her own prejudice - until it's almost too late, and like Elizabeth, she finds out the truth about the guy she's been hating this whole time.
I still recommend this, as it's fun, quick, and short. Miren B. Flores is an exceptionally talented writer and I'd love to see her write a full-length angsty novel. I know she'd do an amazing job. I've really liked the two books I've read by her before and she's just such a wonderful contributor to #romanceclass with her #OwnVoices Filipino romances. Please, write more! Write longer! Write!
Prep and Prejudice is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. If you love that book, I'm pretty sure you're going to dig this one as well. For someone who doesn't have the fancy to finish a classic book, I really adored this story.
The focal point revolves around the financial and the privilege gap between Jaime and Andrea. It's a recurring theme of Filipino teleseryes, which makes me feel giddy. It's refreshing to see that translated on the page. I'm equally proud that I've only seen Filipino authors tackle this important issue. I wish the mainstream genre would also take note. We need more stories examining inequality and how it affects couples.
The main characters have a lot differences, and it comes off as a sexual tension. It is the lit hate to love trope. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good, light romance.
The only thing I didn't like are the previous classist jabs Jaime used. That's not a very nice thing to say, there's no justification.
I liked this novella! Albeit the slurs used in. I believe it was done with utmost sincerity? still.
Inspired by Pride and Prejudice obviously, Miren B. Flores had woven in the Filipino culture craftily poignant. To the point, you’ll be gripping it to its end. And neglecting that laundry for a few hours.
Andrea has her own issues set against the rich with a harsh reflection upon herself. The prejudices set financially between Andrea and Jaime was one of the main things that had their love to overcome. Andrea views Jaime as the black sheep of his family and a hard spoiled brat who has been ‘entitled’ to everything he has in his non-working life. As everything goes, a shallow facade of it is not only the side there should be. The areas are explored and were faced by both Andrea and Jaime.
A story that is often shown in local telenovelas it highlights the “love will conquer it all” attitude. Prep and Prejudice highlighted not only love but rather both sides of the story. It never really is black in white when it comes to living and being born into a privileged family and being in the middle ground. The gray areas were explored and from Andrea and Jaime’s most inner thought views. Miren B. Flores wrote such a wonderful prose that left me thinking for days. There I was there deeply encapsulated by it all.
Another thing I love about this is the “from enemies to lovers” trope. I rarely see it in books and if you do know more of it please, please, for the love of god, comment down below and let me know. Jaime presented as black sheep of a character and that idea did stick to me until the middle. You have to read why, which is another thing I love. It kept me on reading and reading until I found… oh, there’s another surprise for you waiting there in the end! I swear, it is something not to miss. I was crushed when I have put the information together. It kind of have something to do with Loveless. Childless. Clueless. but it’s not really that trivial. But I recommend reading it first then this.
Continuing, there’s this strong chemistry between Jaime and Andrea. THERE WAS SO MUCH ANGST IN IT. I mean childhood enemies then years later meeting again on an island. It’s like picking up like where they left off when they were children. Pilar appeared quite superficial unlike what Andrea claims but the other characters were good.
If you’re looking for a retelling of Pride and Prejudice with diverse characters and lottsa angst, I recommend you pick this one up. Enjoy!
Prep and Prejudice is a modern retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel, set in the Philippines. It was original enough to feel different from other Jane Austen adaptions, but with the love-hate relationship that really is the core of Pride and Prejudice.
Jamie and Andrea were childhood acquaintances, who used to argue, fight, and be downright awful to each other. So when they meet again, over 10 years later, they start where they left off. But eventually they begin to be friends, with hints of more. The enemies to friends to lovers trope is strong in this book, and I was absolutely loving it. The character development could have been a bit more fleshed out, and many of the side characters were quite one-dimensional, but the development of Jamie and Andrea's relationship was well-written.
All in all, this was an enjoyable summer-vibes read, that I would recommend to anyone looking for a diverse, light and fun romance novel.
I loved this book SO MUCH. It was the perfect romance novel that just got all the little things right. It's basically modern Pride and Prejudice meets Gossip Girl only all of the characters are from the Philippines. The story does the whole childhood enemies to adult lovers thing, which I love. There is SO MUCH ANGST BUT IN THE BEST WAY OH MY GOD. GAAH. The a big part of the book takes place on a tropical island so the feel good vibes are strong in this one. Do yourself a favor and read this lovely baby (aka the book) bc it deserves ALL OF THE LOVE. Go forth, and read!
This hero is my catnip. If you prefer fully fleshed out plots and storylines, you might have an issue with the novella length of this book. But Miren B Flores's writing just fills the story with feels - small feels, large feels, ab feels, and weepy feels - enough to satisfy. I would have preferred a different POV/tense combination, and if you're not used to multi-POV scenes some of the transitions can be confusing. But Flores has a gorgeous, subtle way with words that lends itself to nuance and a gentle, languorous kind of storytelling.
I wasn't expecting to like it THIS much. I typically find it hard to enjoy books about wealthy characters because I think usually, the abundance of money helps create the fantasy all too easily. It gets to a point where the characters become too distant and I'm not able to relate to any of them at all. But this is quite different! For starters, Andrea isn't rich like her friends so her perspective helped the narrative. In addition to that, most of the book focused on the characters' personal issues more than the glitz and glam of society life. There was still some of that, of course, but it wasn't highlighted as much as other books do. Refreshing, I tell ya! It's a short book but it offers a lot. Great storytelling and a steamy romance? I'm there!
"Perspective is a funny thing. Flip a photo one way; take two steps forward and slide to the right, go all the way to the beginning, around the bend, and suddenly everything and everyone you see is different."
A Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Philippines (with Filipino MCs !!)? Sign. Me. Up. This book managed to have the inspiration from the original tale but be its own also. And I enjoyed the story! My only problem was that I wish it was a little longer because there were some parts that felt either rushed or not fully fleshed out. The characters were great - they had charm and their banter was perfection! And the scenery! I wish it was longer! If you're a fan of hate-love romances then pick this up!
I read this without effort, which meant that a lot of effort was exerted in writing it. With a Miren Flores book, turning page after page comes easily, until you finally get to the end. It's another stellar book from her that you shouldn't miss, especially since it has more steam. And mangoes!
The class element in Prep and Prejudice drew me in like a fly to honey. At once familiar and removed, fantastic and also thoroughly believable, the world of polo ponies and islands and exclusive clubs that Flores presents in this book is just so evocative. The heroine, Andrea, is stuck between the two worlds, and her peculiar dilemma--so easily reduced to a 'first world problem' in the hands of a less empathetic writer--is captivating here.
And then there's Jaime. Ooooh. Black-wearing, green-eyed, handsome AF mestizo Jaime. I really wondered how Flores would turn him around since he's introduced as such a jerk at the start of the book, but MAN. By the end of it I was swooning. She writes their first kiss so well I had to fan myself!
Add a fantastic best friend (dilettante Pilar), amazing lines that just stick with you ("Here, have an island!") and a Marvel Easter egg and you've got a can't miss, winner story.
This might seem blasphemous to some of my reader friends but I've been trying to finish Pride and Prejudice for two years now, but not once in that span have I felt the serious urge to actually do so. But this one that's based on it, I finished in two hours. There's something quite magical about the way this author writes that does not only get me into the story, but into the heads of the characters as well. And I feel like that's saying something because this is narrated in alternating third-person POV. It amazes me how the switch is so effortless, and how it still retains both Andrea and Jaime's distinct voices. Speaking of Andrea and Jaime, I loved the bickering and sexual tension between them, and even though there were a few parts that were confusing, lacking and seemed out of place/pace, I enjoyed the unfolding of their romance. This author knows how to write beautiful love stories beautifully, and more romance readers should pick up her books. Her work deserves all the hype and praise, and I hope there's more to come.
"We make our own cages. We build them with uncertainties and hesitation; with fears that, when left unchecked, grow into hate. Even self-loathing. Who ever said you couldn’t? Who said you never would be?" • This is the first P&P retelling set in the PH I've read and though this is only loosely based on the Jane Austen classic, I felt like it really captured the essence of Lizzie and Darcy AND made a lovely contemporary romance out of it. For starters the view of the class divide in the heroine, Andrea's eyes was really interesting. The way she was in on the grand life and lifestyle, but always felt the otherness, and even internalized some of it (mainly to protect herself) was so vivid in the writing. Her ~prejudice really made Jaime work hard to knock down her walls, and he absolutely needed to WORK for it bec I had been decidedly irked by him and his privilege in the beginning, BUT ho ho ho, there's a good reason for that, and Miren wrote it so well, that by the third act, not only did Jaime win me over, but also made me examine the finer points in Andrea's attitude towards the whole thing. I love that she's a realist, but one can only see so much, and Jaime catches her on her blindside, and the delicious banter turns into delicious romance. heehee And the awesomeness doesn't end there, bec the story then took me to an emotional loop-de-loop when her sabbatical-in-paradise comes to an end and she'll have to go back to her life "before". Like, we're 'this close' to that HEA, but not just yet! LOL. I really liked this and I so wish it was longer! • "You have this, like, reverse prejudice thing going about money. Like it’s our fault we have it."
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I wanted to like this because so many people recommended it to me, but I just couldn't. There were way too many slutshamey comments, and I don't feel like the childhood bullying was really made up for. The eating disorder was brought up and then pretty much brushed over, and the way they treated each other as kids and then as adults was also pretty glossed over and didn't leave me really confident about the relationship.
Rep: Filipinx MCs Warnings: ableism, slutshaming, classism, judgment of people who haven't finished schooling, slurs, gendered slurs, bullying, "boys will be boys" / toxic masculinity, eating disorder, fatmisia, misogyny
This didn’t do it for me as much as the other romanceclass ones I’ve read. I loved the beginning with the banter! I loved the enemies to lovers trope, but the characters didn’t really do enough for me. I wasn’t able to get attached to them as much as I would’ve liked. It’s still a cute romance story about childhood enemies meeting once again to still hate each other then fall in love.
A delightful read. I love enemies to lovers trope and this is one of those books that I would love to re-read one day. It’s also a relatively clean romance so if you’re not into explicit sexual scenes, then this one’s for you.
God, finally! It was about time for me to read something good and (yes yes yes!) this was something very good.
I don't have much to say about it though. It's a simple nice story. Probably a little too simple sometimes. But still, the story is really nice and I loved the writing and the characters, so that didn't bothered me so much.
I've been wanting to read a book like this for so long -all romantic and cute, but also realistic and diverse-, and I'm so glad I found it! I'll definitely read more from this author.
I’ve been excited to read more of Flores’ prose since I finished Loveless. Childless. Clueless. in one sitting, ending with me wanting to hug the book and a certain someone else, but okay that’s another story. Prep and Prejudice stars Flores’ wonderful tactile prose, the kind that gets under your skin and readjusts your eyes, and the story she sought out to tell is sure bait to devotees of Austen’s most popular classic. I felt the same growing irritation with Jaime at the onset, the one that had me screaming ‘what the hell is your problem dude’ in my head, while also rooting for him to peel off the brick layers and be honest. Andrea had her own walls to break down, and it was easy to feel for her, an outsider pulled into the world of the old rich and elite, wanting to belong but also knowing she doesn’t and likely never will. It made for delicious love-hate, rich-poor dynamics, and I lapped it up. Oh, and stay for the end credits. This is apparently akin to a Marvel movie, only with an actual moving plot and characters who hurt and bleed when they get pummeled, literally or otherwise.
What a fun read to finish off the first week of 2017!
I was intrigued by the history between Andrea and Jaime (I didn't expect Jaime to turn out to be the hero! I thought for sure this would be a second-chance romance between Andrea and Manolo!) and the backdrop of the world they both inhabit. Andrea's insecurities and prejudices about this wealthy world seemed sooo real, as well as Jaime's reactions to both.
(And the little surprise at the end was just so much fun.)