You may have noticed that the titles of my last two books are very similar. Prom and Prejudice was a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice. I thought I was in for more of the same with my latest read, Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard. Alas, I was sadly mistaken. The book was good, but, when you’re expecting Miss Bennett and Mr. Darcy in a title that ends with and Prejudice, it’s a bit of a downer when they don’t show up. That being said, our main character, Callie, does take a journey to Regency England, but not in the way you might think…
Callie is a bit clumsy. She’s kind of nerdy. And she’s tired of the other girls looking down on her because she doesn’t always have the best of everything. So, when she’s on her school trip to London, she takes her “for emergencies only” credit card and purchases a stellar pair of Prada heels. (And really, isn’t needing a pair of great shoes kind of an emergency? Right?) The only problem is that Callie can’t really walk in them. (I believe I mentioned she’s clumsy.) As she’s stumbling along in her new $400
torture devices shoes, Callie trips, falls, and it’s lights out…
…and she wakes up in a forest with absolutely nothing familiar around her. Where is she? What happened to the busy streets of London? Why is there absolutely no one around her? Well, the answers to these questions are a little more complicated than Callie counted on. You see, she’s somehow gone from modern London to an English country estate in the year 1815! What? How is this even possible? She must have hit her head harder than she thought if she really believes she’s traveled through time.
But as Callie enters this strange world and is taken in by people who believe her to be a long-lost friend, she begins to wonder if this could be real. And if it is, does she want to return to her old life, where she was a nobody, or should she stay here with people she’s grown to love and cherish? Does she even have a choice in the matter? Find out when you read Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard.
While this was a cute book, it reminded me a lot of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, and I was always searching for a connection to Pride and Prejudice. I think a different title would have served the story better and not given any false hope to Austen fans. That being said, this was a fun, light read that will appeal to middle grade girls on up to adult readers. Prada and Prejudice will definitely delight those readers who have always wished to live in a different time. (I am not one of those people…unless we’re talking about “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”)
For more information on author Mandy Hubbard and her other books, visit http://www.mandyhubbard.com/index.php/books/. Enjoy!