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Pudge and Prejudice

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  601 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Pudge and Prejudice is an homage to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, transported to the fictitious Northfield Texas High School in the year 1984. After moving to Northfield with her family, Elyse Nebbit faces the challenge of finding her place in a new school, one dominated by social status and Friday night football. When Elyse's effortlessly beautiful older sister Jayn ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Wander
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Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jump into the A.K. Pittman time machine and zip back to 1984. While you are there in the midst of the Swatches, the Izod shirts, the Levi 501s, the big barrettes, and the Gloria Vanderbilt jeans enjoy a retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Talk about a total time capsule. Pittman manages to cram so much 80's pop culture into this one book -- including Care Bears, the music, Sally Jesse Raphael, and MTV! And the spirit of the original shines through. Thank you, A.K. Pittman, for keeping it clean and f ...more
Susie Finkbeiner
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Does the world need yet another Austen adaptation? Yes. Yes it does. And the world needs this one. Pudge & Prejudice is a book with snort-laugh inducing turns of phrase, nostalgia for days, and all the heart you could ever want in a story. Add to that characters who feel like friends and the delightfully sincere narrative voice of Elyse Nebbit and the novel shines. An absolute joy!
Bethany Turner

quintessence: the most perfect example of a quality or class: epitome
Pudge and Prejudice is the quintessence of what a Jane Austen retelling should be.

Austenites, rejoice! This is the P & P adaptation we’ve been waiting for. With a fresh and sparkling YA voice that is certain to draw in readers of all ages, A. K. Pittman has refashioned the most ubiquitous of all Austen characters and storylines into a setting and style so innovative and yet organic—a Texas high school in th
Stephanie Fitzgerald
If you were in high school during the ‘80s, this book is an absolute must-read! I alternately giggled and cringed at all the memories that were brought to mind. The pop-culture references throughout made this a great nostalgia trip for me. And the fact that the setting was in a small Texas town, where football is a religion and Homecoming mums are a necessity of life (something I definitely related to, being a native-born Texan myself), just made reading this a pure joy!
Kudos to the author for w
Toni Shiloh
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored everything about this book. The genre I probably read the most outside of contemporary romance is ya. Add the fact that Ms. Pittman did a Jane Austen retelling and I was hooked!

Pride & Prejudice is my favorite Austen book and Pudge & Prejudice did it justice! I loved seeing the nods to Jane Austen, but more than that, I just plain loved this book. It’s a retelling but very much its own book.

Being in high school is difficult but add on top of it weight issues, a beautiful olde
I'm going to go ahead and give Pudge and Prejudice five sparkling stars even though I am stepping on my rule of giving a book five stars, only if there are tears shed. It might seem odd but I figure if a book makes me cry I am going to award it five stars. This was such a great nostalgic walk-down memory lane for me, I mean I grew up in the 80s, and all those references made were not lost on me, not a single one! Elyse's POV was excellent, and Jayne, well you couldn't but love her even though sh ...more
Dana Michael
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun read. I enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the 1980's. I laughed and reminisced from my own teenage years in high school. ...more
Carissa (Regency Woman)
I loved it just as much the second time around. I never read books twice in the same year, but I felt compelled to re-read this one and I'm so glad that I did. I love Elyse and Jayne Nebbitt and Charlie Bingley and Billy Fitz and just everything about it. I'm still not keen on the overdone Lottie and Colin, with her being so ridiculously jaded at such a young age. I never really thought of Charlotte as jaded, just practical, and she was never really overly preachy. So it's weird th
Book 14 of 2021: 4 out of 5 Stars


Thank you so much to LSBBT, the publisher, and the author for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

“𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐞-𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐭 𝐣𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐭." ⁣

Confession: I am a huge 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦 & 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘦 fan. My bridal shower had a 𝘗&𝘗 theme, I often end texts with “ILYMA” (read: I love you most ardently), and I’ve seen the various cinematic adaptations so many tim
Mid-Continent Public Library
If you love Pride & Prejudice AND you love the 80's, I want to recommend this upcoming release to you. Jump into the A.K. Pittman time machine and zip back to 1984. While you are there in the midst of the Swatches, the Izod shirts, the Levi 501s, the big barrettes, and the Gloria Vanderbilt jeans enjoy a retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Talk about a total time capsule. Pittman manages to cram so much 80's pop culture into this one book -- including Care Bears, the music, Sally Jesse Raphael, and ...more
Sarah Monzon
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute and clever. Loved reliving P&P set during the year I was born. It was fun and nostalgic all at the same time.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
Super cute 1985 version of Pride and Prejudice. Engaging and creative story line that features a number of 80s references...cassette tapes, 501 jeans, Swatch watches, etc. Reading this novel was a lot of fun!
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
THAT was super fun! I laughed a great deal and loved all the callbacks to both the book and the adaptations. I commend Ms Pittman for renewing my joy of reading fiction which has been a struggle for several months. Yay for Jane Austen retellings! 😄
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVED this book!  It isn't because it is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice (I don't think I have read the original by Jane Austen, don't shoot me!). I connected to this book on multiple levels. This book is set in a small Texas town in the mid-80s and I attended high school in a small town in Texas in the 80s. I wasn't part of the popular clique, much like Elyse, and wondered where I fit in with my classmates. I am the oldest of five (almost all girls) ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A high school retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in the 80’s from the perspectives a chubby protagonist who actually likes herself, yes please.
This was hilarious, fun, and cute all at the same time. Imagine the characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice growing up in the 80s as a bunch of teenagers... If that doesn’t spark your interest to read this book, I’m not sure what will!

First off, I began this book by laughing and I didn’t stop.

All of these characters were so similar to the Pride and Prejudice characters, it was ironic!! How do you take classic 1800s characters and turn them into teens from the 1980s? I don’t know but th
Meghann Whistler
An adorable read! I loved the main character/narrator's voice, and all that 1980s nostalgia? Priceless!

Surprisingly enjoyed this, though not as much as the original P&P. All the Austen references were awesome, and I thought the glimpse into the seventies and eighties was ready cool, complete with obscure culture things.
Some random things, like jogging boards, I even had to look up. (I am not a seventies child - obviously - and I do not live in the Deep South - loyal Midwesterner here.)
All in all, a delightful read on its own. And not a terrible Austen retelling either. ;)
A.K. Pittman gave a unique spin to the beloved classic while staying true to its timeless themes. She managed to make Pudge & Prejudice relatable to this Gen-Xer who grew up over 8,000 miles away from where the book is located.

My full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.
Alex Nonymous
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Pudge and Prejudice in exchange for an honest review.

Here's the thing: I liked a lot here. A lot of little details adaptation wise were really really interesting takes but as a whole, I didn't really enjoy Pudge and Prejudice.

I read a lot of YA P&P adaptations and my absolute favourite part of that is watching authors try to cover up our dashing Mr. Darcy's less-than-dashing first name so when Pittman owned it and rolled up with BILLY FITZ I may o
Julie Graves
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I love retellings of Pride and Prejudice! This one was pretty cute. Set in the 80's with high school students it was very entertaining and I totally enjoyed all of the nods to the original! If you enjoy a good clean retelling of a timeless classic then I highly recommend you check this one out. It is definitely a blast from the past while staying true to the original story Pride and Prejudice which happens to be one of my favorite books of all times.

Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arc
This was fine. It lacked the romantic tension that makes the original so great. The 80s setting is really reaching for an adult audience. I feel a true teen would blast through it without understand any of the fun 80s gems hidden about.

For a die hard P&P fan, but just okay otherwise.

Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do you like Pride and Prejudice? Well, I have a love/hate relationship with the story as I love Darcy but want to clobber him at the same time! However, this retelling of the story… is extraordinary. From the first chapter, I was fascinated by Elyse and the way Allison Pittman immersed me in her story. Elyse and Billy Fitz (how cool are their names?!) played off each other so well, I loved their conversations, the letter passing in class, and how both cared so much about the people around them. ...more
H. Ringer
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and complicated high school. I don’t miss it.

Pudge and Prejudice is a spunky tribute to Pride and Prejudice. As the many many maaany people who have seen the movies and less many that have read the book, I can say this book does an excellent job of reviving its classic tale in eighties gear. Elyse is a quirky lead character, whose narrative will keep you entertained, chuckling, and really wishing for her self confidence to grow. It’s a main theme in the book that Elyse is somehow ‘less tha
Deborah Zeman
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tayshas2022
1980’s? Check. Retelling of one of my all time FAVORITE books. Check. Did I not want it to end? Double Check. I absolutely loved this retelling of P&P, with a dash of Emma thrown into the mix (Hello Frank Churchill). I laughed, I empathized, I teared up as I whipped through this story. Elyse is a touchy nugget who has met her match in Billy Fitz. The play on the names, including Pember Road (Pemberly!) was terrific. Jayne and Charlie were just like their original counterparts in P&P. And Lydia, ...more
Amy Kett
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't resist a P&P revamp, it seems. And with this cover and body positivity vibe? Yeah, I had to. This was a super fun, super cute, well written retell that managed to be 80s high school and still stay way more true to the original story than some. If you like the original and need a little Gen X nostalgia bomb of a brain break, go for it. ...more
Samantha Barnes
Aug 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun, sweet, creative take on Pride and Prejudice! It surprised me how much I enjoyed it.
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021books
Pudge and Prejudice is one of those books I could gush about incoherently for hours. Emphasis on incoherent. I've tried to write a review...but my review doesn't do the book justice. I couldn't find the right balance of teasing readers to make them want to read it for themselves AND gushing about every little detail that I loved.

First sentence: IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that a teenage girl in possession of a double-digit jeans size must be in want of a diet. I’m just not a part of
Jul 15, 2021 rated it liked it
#BookReview: PUDGE AND PREJUDICE by A.K. Pittman

This is a nice retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice. The characters are in their teens and set in the 80s. It’s different from my usual read but it’s interesting enough. It took me a while to read this book but I’m glad I did. I enjoyed Elyse’s family and their new town. The romance is fun and sweet. 3.5 stars

Thank you to netgalley for the complimentary copy.
We revisit the social politics, razor sharp wit and romantic angst of Jane Austen’s most celebrated work: Pride and Prejudice with the neon-glorious eighties as a backdrop.

This was my second reason for picking up this book (the first being that I will always be a sucker for a P & P adaptation). The author has managed to cram in a Jansport backpack full of eighties references, be it scrunchies, poofy hairdos teased within an inch of their lives, Care Bears and MTV which blasted everything from K
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