Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Now I know why there was a Three Month wait for this book at the NYPL. But I also don’t because I read this book in one day. Which, truthfully, isn’t an uncommon accident for me when I have time to spare or something to avoid (looking at you Corporate Finance).

This book is geographically interesting spanning New York, LA, San Francisco, and a bulk happening in good ole Midwestern Cincinnati.

This book is a generous nod to Pride and Prejudice while also being its own story. It took me embarrassingly long to realize who Mr. Wickham was (when you read it, you will see why I am a fool) but for most characters it was easy to discern who was who and who was new early on. Darcy (who I pictured as the Matthew Macfayden Darcy) was less cross than the OG Darcy but still captured that gruffness that the original had.

This book really pushes the gas for intensifying dislikable characters. I hated Mrs. Bennet with a passion, and I loved how dislikable she was. While Mr. Bennet is minimally involved in the OG book, he is annoyingly cavalier in the update. Mr.Wickham, when I finally figured out who he was, makes you want to punch him for Liz (Darcy, was right! she can do so much better). Also Caroline Bingley comes off as a real Regina George.

I always fancied my a Lizzy Bennet (or Liz in this book) but when I took the Sparknotes quiz (http://community.sparknotes.com/2016/12/16/quiz-which-bennet-sister-are-you) I got Jane. Who has more speaking in this production than she does in the original but is still a bit of a wet mop. I didn’t really feel that the plot line with Georgie (Darcy’s sister) was necessary.

Suggested for people with an interest in:

-Family Drama plots

-Reality TV

-Jane Austen or Pride and Prejudice

-Romance 😉

Level of Difficulty: Beach Read

 

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

When I first picked up this book little did I know it was actually a sequel. That being said, it was also completely readable as a stand alone book (however I will be reading the prequel as soon as possible).

Kwan’s book has a fresh and conversational tone with the reader, often breaking the fourth wall with footnotes. This style was reminiscent of the late DFW, although much shorter and playful. Kwan successfully interwove multiple plots in a way that enriched the tale, rather than confused. It showed people with complex and difficult lives who popped up in each other’s lives and still maintained their backstory.

Would recommend this book to someone with an interest in:

-Family Drama plots

-Travel

-Asia or Asian culture

-Reality TV

Level of difficulty: Beach read