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Pudge and Prejudice

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  92 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
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published January 12th 2021 (first published January 2021)
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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
Bethany Turner
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the 1980s—you can’t hel
Susie Finkbeiner
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!
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
Sarah Monzon
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Toni Shiloh
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carissa (Regency Woman)
Where has this book been all my life?! Apparently plunking around inside the head of Allison Pittman who, just like me, thinks that pairing Jane Austen with teens straight out of a John Hughes film is pure BRILLIANCE!

Pudge and Prejudiceis HILARIOUS. And before anyone gasps in horror at the idea of mocking a girl who's overweight, know that I am actually somewhat overweight (although I dress far more fashionably than poor Elyse) and a lot of her emotions are ones I have gone through. I love that
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
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.
Julie Graves
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.


Can I just start off by saying that I absolutely LOVED this book!!!
That should be enough of a review but since I love to yammer on and froth incessantly about the things that I love, I need to say more about this absolutely well-written gem of a read.

We revisit the social drama, attractive wit and romantic angst of Jane Austen’s most celebrated and loved work : Pride and Prejudice. This variation takes the form of a YA Novel set in 1984 within the seething and hilarious hormones of fictious smal
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(This review can be found on my blog All the Ups and Downs.)
I'm not big on romance novels, but when I saw the cover and synopsis of Pudge & Prejudice by A.K. Pittman, I knew that this was one book I had to read. It just seemed so relatable. I'm so happy that I did get a chance to read this book because I have become totally smitten with it!

I thought the plot for Pudge & Prejudice was very well written. It's 1984, and fifteen year old Elyse (nicknamed "Pudge" by her older sister) and her family
This completed Task 7: Read a fat-positive romance of Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.

Many, many years ago, I went to visit a friend in Michigan. I told her how I loved Bridget Jones Diary and that it was so good to see Colin Firth in a role where he wasn't a total evil asshole from beginning to end. She said it was basically, Pride & Prejudice. I heard of the book, but never had to read it in school and my interest in books back then included supernatural and serial killers. She sat me down
Lorilei Gonzales
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pudge & Prejudice by A. K. Pittman is a delightful retelling of Austen’s popular novel set in the ‘80s. As an Austen late bloomer, I am open to all kinds of reimaginings and castings when it comes to the beloved Pride & Prejudice. Add some zombies? Why not? Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Yes. Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet? Yes, please. Bridget Jones’s Diary? Heck yes. Colin Firth as Mark Darcy? Yes! Oh wait, did I list Colin Firth twice? My bad. Anyway, my point is, anything based on P&P is goo ...more
Karen Clements
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift, and I couldn't wait to see how in the world Pittman was going to recreate Pride and Prejudice in a 1980s-era American high school setting. I wasn't disappointed--she retold the story beautifully! The characters were well-developed, and I loved all the 80s details (clothes, music, pop culture) and general ambiance. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet are recast as Elyse and Jayne Nebbitt, who have just moved to Texas with their family and are learning the ropes at their new ...more
Janyre Tromp
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Equally funny and poignant, Pudge and Prejudice is a brilliant nod to a classic work while still remaining true to 80s pop culture and appealing to modern teens. The only explanation for how Pittman managed to have both my teen daughter and me laughing and identifying with Elyse is that the author is a magician.

The interplay between the three sisters is spot on. The connection between Jayne and Elyse is sweet without being syrupy, and the somewhat competitive if protective relationship between
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a world where the works of Jane Austen and John Hughes spontaneously collided. If you’re a fan of the 80s and the exquisite banter between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, I beg you look no further than A.K. Pittman’s Pudge & Prejudice.

I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the nostalgic cover art and telling title. I’m a big fan of well-done (even cheeky) retellings of classics, and Pittman mysteriously managed to fill in all the blank spaces in my list of favorites. Not only
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's well known that I will read all Jane Austen retellings. I don't have the self control to stay away from them and this latest book was a great one.

Elyse was not annoying. Huge plus some main characters get on my nerves and she didn't, I enjoyed her inner monologue and her awkwardness.

The hints to a second book with the characters from Emma. Yes please!

I suppose I have one major issue with the book. Cotton Eyed Joe came out about decade after this book was set. Small thing really, I have l
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intended for the Young Adult reader, this retelling of Pride & Prejudice with a 1980’s twist was clever and unique.

This has been done a million times. I’ve read so many of them, and usually take these things with a pinch of salt. However, this one had that little something extra that you might enjoy, if you are a fan of the YA style of writing. The characters are also high school kids.

I would say, even though I’m probably not the intended audience, I could appreciate the 80’s theme, fashion, t
Jamice Robinson
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a devoted Pride and Prejudice fan and a Texan I was a little worried starting this book. For me messing up either one of those subjects is a big no in my book. However this retelling absolutely proved my suspicions wrong. I LOVED this story. I loved the witty dialogue. I loved all the characters, even Lydia, which was a big shocker for me because I usually hate her character. Also as a 90’s child, I don’t remember a lot about the 80’s but the 80’s references cracked me up. This story totally ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t stop reading. This cute YA 80s retelling of Pride and Prejudice was so enjoyable! I giggled. I love the ending that is Elyse learning to love herself too. Highly recommend!
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most fun Pride and Prejudice retellings I've ever read. The author did such a great job of staying true to the original story, while immersing the reader in 80's pop culture in a Texas setting. Truly a fun book for young and old alike, especially for Jane Austen fans. ...more
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