Pride And Prep School (Snark And Circumstance #3)
Publication date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Stephanie Wardrop
Georgia can’t figure out why the burden of a Y chromosome seems to make guys so hard to understand. First, there’s the handsome but slippery Jeremy Wrentham. After Georgia shared some pretty devastating kisses with him, she found her way home and he found her sister!
And then there’s Michael Endicott, who never fails to let her know that her family’s quirkiness lies too far outside the pale for this preppie townie. But if he really feels that way, why is he in Georgia’s kitchen, asking her out? And why don’t boys come with instruction manuals?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania where she started writing stories when she ran out of books to read. She’s always wanted to be a writer, except during the brief period of her childhood in which piracy seemed like the most enticing career option—and if she had known then that there actually were “girl” pirates way back when, things might have turned out very differently. She currently teaches writing and literature at Western New England University and lives in a town not unlike the setting of Snark and Circumstance with her husband, two kids, and five cats. With a book out—finally—she might be hitting the high seas any day now.
In my day job, I’m a college English professor, and my specialization was in eighteenth-century British literature–specifically, what specialists call the “long eighteenth century,” a designation that I’m pretty sure was created to allow us to claim Aphra Behn on one end and Jane Austen on the other. (Okay. It’s really based on who ruled England, but I always liked the Behn-to-Austen idea.)
All of that is to say that I love Jane Austen. LOVE. With a giant capital L. And I also love remakes of her work. I think Bridget Jones rocks. Clueless is hysterical. I watched the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice until first my VCR tapes of it died, then my DVDs gave up. I’m thankful for streaming video in ways I can’t explain.
So I was already predisposed to like Pride and Prep School. But, as with all new creations based on old, deep loves, I was also prepared to loathe it.
Lucky for me, Wardrop has done a lovely job with this funny new take on the Austen classic. I love the characters and the new setting. I found myself eagerly looking for the references to the original book, and Wardrop didn’t let me down. I cracked up when I read the line “I don’t want to live in the eighteenth century” and when I discovered that this book had a sister whose excessive “virtue” was displayed through a purity ring. The parallels are lightly but deftly drawn.
If you know the original, you know the basics–but the basics aren’t enough; this is a remake worth reading! I know I’m going to be reading the entire Snark and Circumstance series.
Score: 5 stars
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Two (2) sets of the full trilogy – one in Kindle Format, one in Nook Format: (INT)
o Snark and Circumstance
o Charm and Consequence
o Pride and Prep School
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