BOOK REVIEW: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

 There’s no shame in devoting yourself to another person, as long as he devotes himself to you in return.

My synopsis: In this modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice mostly set in Cincinnati, Elizabeth Bennet is a writer for a magazine, Jane Bennet is a yoga instructor, Mr. Bingley is a doctor and an actor in a The Bachelor-like reality show, and Mr. Darcy is a neurosurgeon. 

Published in 2016

Series: The Austen Project #4

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retelling, Women’s Fiction

Themes: pride, prejudice, family, criticisms, social structure, socioeconomic status, social stratification, Hollywood, reality TV, marriage, scandal, familial duties, sisters, siblings, parenting, friendship, careers, devotion, romance, love

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I have to say, I didn’t expect to love this one as much as I did (do?) Of all the P&P retellings I’ve read, this one is without a doubt my most favorite! I mean, imagine Mr. Darcy as a neurosurgeon (SWOOON)! I can’t think of a more perfect modern occupation for Mr. Darcy.

Pride & Prejudice is my all-time favorite novel. It’s the first classic I’ve ever read – probably the first-ever English novel I’ve read (English is my second language, I grew up speaking Tagalog/Filipino, even though I did learn English in school, but as all ESL speakers know, writing and speaking a language is not AT ALL the same thing. The transition can be awkward and painful. I STILL trip on my pronunciations once in a while… especially so when I’m speaking in public. UGH.) ANYWAY….

So, you can only imagine the level of my expectations. VERY HIGH. SKYSCRAPER HIGH, TOWER OF BABEL HIGH – and believe me, I’ve already managed it a bit at that point.

Sittenfeld’s modern retelling of P&P is a DREAM and it makes me so happy! Sittenfeld was TOTALLY qualified to write it. Except for a few minor things, I very much approve of Eligible!! 

Sittenfeld was able to revive Jane Austen’s characters and she adapted them to a contemporary setting seamlessly, and she truly gave justice to the original P&P characters! Their most significant qualities were retained, and she made them even more accessible to modern readers – the social dilemmas made even more understandable and relatable.

Elizabeth is just as gutsy and witty, as ever. Jane is ever the kind and lovable person. Mr. Darcy, ever the dreamy and handsomely aloof and intimidating guy! I had so much fun getting reintroduced to these characters – it’s the closest I could ever come to rereading P&P for the first time again – a dream come true for every reader and their favorite novel.

If you haven’t noticed yet, YES, this is a GUSHING REVIEW. So yes, I do believe you should read it, whether you’re an Austen fan or not – as long as you love contemporary romance reads.

Thanks for reading!! I also want to gush about you, if you’re one of my loyal readers. THANK YOU SO MUCH, I appreciate every second of your time. I know you could be discovering your next favorite read right now, but instead you’re reading this – and I can’t thank you enough for that. 

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