My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: June 24th 2014
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling, Pride and Prejudice, Classics, Family Drama, Sisterhood, Love, Humor
Based on the Emmy Awardwinning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Twenty-four-year-old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled by student loan debt and still living at home along her two sisters – beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she starts recording her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, becoming an online sensation and turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities, seemingly overnight.
When rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets — and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on-screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera — from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Providing revealing details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation and her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee; her anxieties about life after grad school, the perils of her unexpected fame; and her uncertainty over her future… and whom she wants to share it with.
Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like never before.
Frankly, I’m pretty convinced that every single fan of the sweeping classic Pride and Prejudice should watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries videos, then read this companion novel… and vice versa, as you prefer it.
Pride and Prejudice is, as I very likely may have mentioned it before, my most loved classic, and my not having had the chance to peruse them all means absolutely nothing. This contemporary retelling did it justice on every aspect. Even the writing is formidable.
The relationships between characters are the gist of the story, basically. You know that, if you’ve read the classic. It’s not about the mystery (what mystery?), the secrecy, the romance, or the setting. It’s about the sisterhood and interactions between sisters, it’s about the momma bear who wants the best for her children, it’s about seeing with hazy eyes, and than, admitting we were wrong from the start, trusting blindly and learning from our mistakes.
It’s… so beautiful. So raw. So relatable. Don’t tell me you’ve never, ever misjudged someone. That can’t be possible. Because we’re humans. I know I have. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is the type of contemporary I could, and want, to always read. There’s family drama, a slight touch of honest and pure romance and humour to keep everything lightened up, making this a more than pleasurable read!
Can I just end this review by saying that the person who had the idea of retelling my favourite classic through videos and a diary novel is a genius? Also, thank you. I’ve enjoyed myself so, so much with both of these creations.
Get him 😉