Monday, June 26, 2017

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfield

Star Rating :  3 out of 5
Content Rating : MODERATE
Backcover :
“This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. 
Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master's degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won't discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane's fortieth birthday fast approaches. 
Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip's friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.”
My Thoughts :
If you’ve read more of my recent reviews, I’ve been on the quest to break out of my young adult sphere and find more adult fiction books (that aren’t super raunchy). In that quest, I discovered Eligible. Since I’m a sucker for anything Jane Austen related, I decided to give it a try. And I’m……mostly glad I did. I generally enjoyed reading this book; but, I had to get through some stuff I didn’t like to get to the enjoyable parts.
The content rating is MODERATE because there are mentions of sex all throughout this book, and some more mature themes in general. I would say it is probably good for anyone over 16, unless you’re from a more conservative background.
What I liked :
  • The Setting - I liked that the author put the Bennets in “high society” in Cincinnati, OH. I thought it reflected the Bennets’ situation in the original book pretty well. And their house is a good fit; a really nice and expensive house that is basically in shambles.
  • The Plot - The whole plot seemed to follow the original book pretty well, with some obvious modern changes. It covered everything from the original book as well.
  • The Characters - All of the characters accurately reflected what their original counterparts would be like. It makes sense that Darcy and Bingley are in medicine (since that’s a profession that would probably make them the most money) and that Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are simply surviving off of their past wealth.
What I didn’t like :
  • The Pace - I felt like the pace in this book was so slow. The book itself is 518 pages, which is crazy for a more modern day book. I sometimes had to force myself to sit and read it. I only really got excited to read the book near the end when Elizabeth and Darcy discover that they actually like each other, and are trying to figure out how to become friends again.
  • Chip and Jane’s Plot - So I don’t think all the characters are representative or the original. Jane as a yoga instructor in NYC? Come on, that doesn’t seem realistic. And Chip was on a reality show?! Even with his sister’s influence, I don’t think he would’ve ever gone along with it. And their whole wedding, as a result of the reality show, just seemed like a sham and totally out of characters for both of them.
  • Some Other Random Things - There are some other random things that irked me. Obviously they weren’t important enough to deter me from reading the book.
What Others Are Saying :
What others are saying:
“Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find herself seduced.”O: The Oprah Magazine
“Blissful . . . [Curtis] Sittenfeld modernizes the classic in such a stylish, witty way you’d guess even Jane Austen would be pleased.”People (book of the week)
“[A] sparkling, fresh contemporary retelling.”Entertainment Weekly
“[Sittenfeld] is the ideal modern-day reinterpreter. Her special skill lies not just in her clear, clean writing, but in her general amusement about the world, her arch, pithy, dropped-mike observations about behavior, character and motivation. As a reader, let me just say: Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review
“Bold and brilliant.”Glamour
“A clever, uproarious evolution of Austen’s story.”The Denver Post
“If there exists a more perfect pairing than Curtis Sittenfeld and Jane Austen, we dare you to find it. . . . Sittenfeld makes an already irresistible story even more beguiling and charming.”Elle
Reviewed by Lydia Jones
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