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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su
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I’m a bit back and forth on this one in my mind. I love all things Jane Austen and while this wasn’t as good as the original, (obviously) I for the most part enjoyed it. The hard part in a “fan fiction” type adaption, much the same as a sequel telling the same story but from an alternating point of view, is the challenge to hold a reader’s interest. I mean, it’s not like there are going to be any significant surprises. I pretty much know what is going to happen.

In this book, I often found myself (I don’t want to say bored because that’s too strong a word) less engaged? But, even knowing the general direction of the story, it was well written and had enough differences to keep me engaged to the end.

I listened to the audio book version of this book and I have to say, the narrator did a great job portraying Lizzie Bennet. I laughed a lot throughout this book and much of that humour came in the way the narrator delivered the sarcastic dialogue.

I really enjoyed the adaptation of each of the characters, with the exception of Darcy. This version of Darcy, sadly, was a big FAIL for me. A modern day, stiff speaking (I mean, really, who speaks like that?), snobby hipster? I don’t think so!!!! I still imagine Darcy as Colin Firth portrayed him and this version held zero appeal for me.

Still, good read!
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Reading Progress

July 4, 2014 – Shelved
July 4, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
April 6, 2015 – Shelved as: romance
October 17, 2015 – Shelved as: up-next
October 17, 2015 – Shelved as: tpl
January 5, 2016 – Started Reading
January 6, 2016 –
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January 7, 2016 –
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January 8, 2016 –
46.0%
January 8, 2016 –
75.0%
January 9, 2016 – Shelved as: reviews
January 9, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 10, 2016 – Shelved as: author-first-reads
December 13, 2016 – Shelved as: tpla

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✦❋Arianna✦❋ Great review, babe! ;)


BookLover Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦ wrote: "Great review, babe! ;)"
Thank you Arianna!!!


bluerose I agree that the book on its own isn’t great. It needs to be paired with the web series, which is excellent.


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