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?
I got about a quarter of the way into this third installment in the Snark and Circumstance series before the light bulb in my head clicked on. This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Yep, it took me that long. I mean, it’s right there in book titles: Snark and Circumstance, Charm and Consequence, Pride and Prep School… But it didn’t sink in at first. Even the name of the towns and schools: Longbourne, Pemberly, Netherfield, should have given it away. I think it was because I wasn’t looking for it. I mean, I saw Clueless twice before I realized it was a modern retelling of Emma.
Now that I know, I can’t stop seeing signs of it everywhere, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read it multiple times, seen the BBC miniseries, watched the movie, but the problem is, I know how it’s going to end. Before, I had no idea what would happen next. Now, I know Georgia and Michael will end up together and I know roughly how it will go down. But at the same time, I can’t wait to see exactly how it unfolds in Stephanie Wardrop’s version of this classic tale.
On the heels of Michael rescuing Georgia from making a huge mistake at the New Year’s Eve party, the two fall into a bumpy friendship. But when Georgia’s younger sister, Cassie, fails to avoid the same mistake Georgia did, the rumor mill churns out the worst that it has to offer. This leads to an unfortunate encounter in the local pharmacy and an awkward exchange in the Georgia’s kitchen. There is definitely no smooth sailing yet for our modern day Lizzie and Darcy.
Small town high school and gossip go together like ice cream and hot fudge, and Longbourne is no exception. Inside the walls of the school, the bulk of the messiest action takes place. Once again, Stephanie Wardrop creates a believable setting for her characters to inhabit and we get to sit back and watch.
Now that I know who the characters are based on, I’m even more impressed at how they are so different from Jane Austen’s characters, and yet it’s easy to see the resemblance (now anyway). At times, Michael does appear to be somewhat stuffy or even overly mature for his age, but he lapses back into his teenagery self just in time to remind me why I love him so.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Pride and Prep School
1. Michael. He’s pompous at times, but his heart is in the right place, and I’m liking him more and more.
2. Cassie. Okay, she’s a head case, but if I’d been in her shoes, I’d have changed schools, or insisted on being homeschooled, or run away. The fact that she finds the courage to go to school at all is a testament to her resilience and I have to respect that.
3. Georgia. I still love her. She doesn’t have quite as much growth this time around, so I’m moving her down on my list, but I’m still pulling for her.
4. The Drugstore Incident. Because it’s so cringe-worthy it’s funny.
5. Vegan Stuffed Shells. They actually sound good.
Pride and Prep School is a funny, charming, and sweet installment in this Pride and Prejudice retelling.
About the Book
Title: Pride and Prep School
Series: Snark and Circumstance #3
Author: Stephanie Wardrop
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, a town mostly famous for being a railroad card in Monopoly. After giving up on her childhood goal of becoming a pirate, she decided to become a writer but took a detour through lots of college and grad school and ended up teaching writing and British and American literature.
She’s the author of the Swoon Romance e-novella series Snark and Circumstance, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and lives in western New England with her husband, kids, cats, and gecko.