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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel

(The Rajes #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco—a compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home.

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Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Now this is the kind of retelling that doesn't make me want to pull my hair out!
I've read so many variations of P&P and never have I been this satisfied with one. Sonali Dev has successfully delivered an awesome, gender-swapped retelling of everyone's favourite love story, with exotic Indian flavours and beautifully believable characters.

Dr.Trisha Raje, the proud and acclaimed Neurosurgeon, is the protagonist and is our female Mr.Darcy, trying to save the world, one brain at a time. Darcy J
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I’m a complete sucker for anything P+P and I was excited to see how a different take played out.

Love love loved Trisha and DJ. She’s smart and maybe a bit awkward. He’s gruff and sort of a marshmallow. Together, she’s the Darcy and he’s the Elizabeth and I was all over their arguing. This entire set of characters is fantastic. I loved her crazy large family and his sister. The loyalty of the family their dynamic was refreshing to read.

Plot wise it was new and comfortable at the same time
Mostly a 3.5.

I had read books by this author before, but long ago that I don’t remember much about them. However, when I read the synopsis for this one and realized it’s a desi retelling of P&P, I was just so happy. I also loved that this was set in US, because I can relate more to diaspora stories these days than those set completely in India. And this one both impressed and frustrated the hell out of me.

Trisha is an accomplished neurosurgeon who takes immense pride in her job but is quite
4.3 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The truth was, he was right about many things—things she could change, like how she treated people. He was also wrong about a few—things she could not change, like who she was.

In this start to the Rajes series, Sonali Dev gives us an emotional look into a royal Indian family that migrated to America. The title gives a clue that Ms. Dev took inspiratio
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors is a modern retelling of the timeless classic. This version has a unique element. The woman, Trisha, is proud, and the man, DJ, is prejudice. I liked Trisha. She is proud because she's a surgeon, and that's a justifiable reason. She is an intelligent, strong and likeable character. DJ, on the other hand, I despised. At some point, I should have come to like him, like in the original, but that didn't happen. He's just unlikable and garners no sympathy. I unde ...more
Aarya Marsden
I thought I had the mental bandwidth to discuss why this book didn't work for me, but I don't. I'm tired. But I want to justify my rating and what I thought was problematic, so major spoilers under the spoiler tag.

CW: rape

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Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Wow. What a wonderful retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Only the Mr. Darcy character is gender swapped and instead of being an upperclass nobleman, we have a young surgeon whose family is descended from Indian royalty (Trisha Raje) I initially didn't like that Dev had focused on the Mark Darcy character first, but I get why she did it. Eventually we get our Elizabeth Bennett (DJ Caine) and he was fantast
Leigh Kramer
I keep going back and forth on the rating. This might be 2.5 stars or it might be solidly 3. I can't decide.

I’ve enjoyed Sonali Dev’s romance novels so I was curious what I would think of her women’s fiction, particularly one that is Pride And Prejudice-inspired. And I have to say, my feelings are complicated.

As a P&P-inspired gender bent story, it’s inventive and a great update. Julia Wickham’s character in particular was a great/treacherous take. This is not a straight retelling and this f
Bookphenomena (Micky)
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This read was the most unusual Pride & Prejudice retelling I have encountered and where it shone was in the complexity of the plot and characters of the family, so true to the original. However, this is a authentic piece of fiction in it's own right, you recognise the foundation of Pride and Prejudice but the Rajes family are new and fresh for your perusal.

Trisha Rajes was a savant-type neurosurgeon but she was also ever
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a modern, gender flipped retelling of the beloved classic with Indian flair. This book only loosely follows the original, which I really liked because I don't want to read the same exact story. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors was one of the most enjoyable P&P retellings I've read so far. I liked both characters, Trisha and DJ, even though they were both insufferable at times, and I loved seeing their relationship change from an intense dislike to so ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

A romance in the end but it takes a while to get there. It's a very loose take off from the Austin novel set in today's world where privilege and pride need to be broken down as barriers for the couple really get to know one another.
I was happy with the ending.
Getting to the ending was a bit difficult in the long narrative background information. Pages and pages. It was mostly interesting with deep family history, culture descriptions, events and
A loose adaptation of a favorite classic that Sonali made her own.

She enhanced the much-loved themes with her unique brand of rich culture, powerful social commentary, and engaging storytelling.

This was utterly scrumptious. Like all the food described, this is a book you want to gobble up and savor at the same time.
Jen Ryland
I'm a diehard P & P fan, so on May 20, check out my review and see how I think P, P and Other Flavors measures up as a remake!

Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

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Seema Rao
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enchanting ~ Enjoyable ~ Adorable

tl;dr: Masala Pride and Prejudic

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I have read so, so many Pride remixes. There are bad, worse, good, and great. This book falls in the great section. Dev's Trisha is a gal you would want to know in real life. She is awesome, but in a believeable way. Fairly confident many Indian-Americans have a smarty relative like her in their family tree. DJ, the darcy, is prejudiced, in sadly similar ways. So, why was this one a great remake? First, it wasn'
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors truly had something to please everyone. It was a loosely based modern version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but more than that, it showed the complex family and personal dynamics and heartfelt emotions that Sonali Dev is known for.

Sonali Dev has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary authors over the past couple of years. Her blend of light and dark subject matter, mixed in with
I received an ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors is my first Sonali Dev book and I’m absolutely enchanted with her prose. This book is a multicultural retelling of Pride and Prejudice that not only does justice to the timeless classic, but also remains true to the characters Dev created. After having read Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (a Muslim Pride and Prejudice retelling) last year, I am convinced that more authors of colour shoul
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 rating

Loved it! It's super late. I will write more later.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

I found the initial ideas behind this book interesting but the end product was weird. The writing was too descriptive at times; the plot seemed to go back and forth between very detailed flashbacks and the present-day action and I got tired of it rather quickly. I also could not stand DJ, he was so mean all the time and I couldn't make myself like him even at the end of the s
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
4 stars. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors started off quite slow for me, but then quickly had me eating out of its Austen-obsessed hand. It's a gender-flipped version of Pride & Prejudice, with Dr Trisha Raje from the celebrated, rich family whose pride gets the better of her, and DJ Caine as the poor British chef who can't see past his own prejudice against the Rajes.

Both the main characters have a bit of Elizabeth and Darcy in them. Trisha is a genius neurosurgeon who is doing breakthrou
Kate (kate_reads_)
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors is a really unique take on a retelling of P&P. I’ve read lots of versions over the years and this one definitely stands out. It is more of a loose retelling than most - and I enjoyed that. If you had never read/seen P&P or any of the versions since - you would just get an interesting story. But if you are familiar with them - it’s a bonus to see the places where it overlaps and catch all the winks and nods.

Trisha is a neurosurgeon who is well respected
I sort of wish that this book had been called anything else and/or that the author's note regarding how inspired the author was by P&P had been in the front of the book instead of the back. Because the real similarities between the books don't kick in in earnest until the back half of the book, and it was sort of distracting for me as a reader to be looking for them.

I quite liked the gender swapped part of this, and the "proposal" fight is excellent and brutal. I loved all the food descripti
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
|| Contemporary retelling of the classic! aka Masala Pride & Prejudice
|| Chef + Neurosurgeon romance
|| Indian-American representation

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May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0519, con-rom
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is a tough one for me to review. First of all, I won an ARC in a giveaway from the publisher, but the thoughts here are entirely my own. When I read the blurb, I was super excited: Austen + Bollywood? Hell, yeah! Sign me up. What I did not realize was that this is the slowest of slow burn romances, which is something I do not typically enjoy. It literally takes almost 400 pages before we find out the full story behind what happened to cause the rift between Trisha and her family. Since this ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling. It’s definitely easy to tell that this novel is inspired by Pride and Prejudice, but is also it’s own story. What initially drew me to the story is that the typical roles are switched. Trisha is a super wealthy neurosurgeon who

Just okay. Took me over a week to finish this one because I was never really excited to pick it back up.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. It made me feel so much. It kept me up at night. Being a P&P retelling, I wasn't sure what to expect. But Sonali did a really good job exploring the book's themes and characters while telling a completely original story. She made it her own. The book draws you in. It was so thought-provoking. The story was stressful at times, but as always with Sonali's books, man does the ending deliver. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next.

Thanks to Edelweiss for an advance
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Heads up: This is a very loose Pride & Prejudice retelling with a gender flip. If it hadn't been for the introduction of a "Wickham" character, I wouldn't have been able to tell, title aside.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gr ...more
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