Thursday, January 14, 2010
Prada & Prejudice (YA)
Prada & Prejudice. by Mandy Hubbard. 2009. Penguin. 288 pages.
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a teen girl on a class trip to England should be having the time of her life.
What's a twenty-first century girl to do when she finds herself transported to the early nineteenth century? That is what happens to Callie on her trip to London. She stumbles--thanks to her new Prada shoes and her own clumsiness--back in time, to 1815, to the estate of a duke no doubt. She finds friendship and love in unexpected places as she assumes the identity of another. By "becoming" Rebecca, an American cousin of the family, she gets to come of an age and learn some life lessons that she just might be able to take back with her...if she ever gets to go back "home" that is.
I wanted to love this one. I had high hopes for it actually. And maybe my expectations were a bit too high. It's a fun, light romance. I think it will appeal to many readers. Especially younger readers. But I didn't find it particularly satisfying or charming. I found Callie to be a bit annoying in both the twenty-first and nineteenth centuries. It had its enjoyable moments, don't get me wrong, but I didn't love it.
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