Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Published: April 19th, 2016
Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of five novels including Prep, The American Wife, and most recently Eligible- A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Sittenfeld graduated from Stanford University, and is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri despite having grown up in Cincinnati. Her books have been translated into more than 25 languages and she has even interviewed Michelle Obama for a piece in the Time.
Eligible follows the classic story of Pride and Prejudice that we have fallen in love with, but with a modern twist. The Bennet sisters, all 5 of them grew up in Cincinnati with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in their Massive house-the Tudor. Kitty, Lydia, and Mary are all unemployed and continue to live in their parents home despite being “adults”. Kitty and Lydia are obsessed with cross fit and everything health related. Mary on the other hand is known as the scholar of the family, and would be happy to never hear of cross fit again. Liz is a journalist for a fashion magazine located in New York, and Jane is a yoga instructor at a local yoga studio also in New York City. Mrs. Bennets is persistent that all of her daughters find husbands, preferably with millions in the bank. This novel with take you on an adventure!
Who was my favourite character and why?
Liz Bennet was my favourite character among the Bennet sisters, and in the book as a whole. In times of need, Liz would drop everything and rush to her family aid, but she would also tell her family off if she disagreed with someones opinions. She wasn’t afraid to tell the truth, but she was able to do it in a respectful manner, making her likable. Despite her families craziness Liz is able to remain calm and help save the day more than once!
Were the characters relatable and/or believable?
The Bennet sisters are simply unlike anyone (I hope!) you’ve ever met. Individually most of them seem like simple and friendly people, but when you get them all together in one room, look out! Chaos will ensue. The Bennet sisters were great characters, and I enjoyed reading about them, however some of the things they did were over the top (but that’s what made it entertaining!). Overall I enjoyed the Bennet sisters as a whole.
Did the story keep you on the edge of your seat?
Yes! Despite having read the classic, I was anxious to read the modern retelling, but Sittenfeld did not disappoint! She was able to hit all of the important point that the classic covered while keeping it interesting for readers that want a modern take. I was impressed with the outcome of this novel. It could have gone either way, but Sittenfeld definitely wrote a book worth reading!
Something I would change about the novel?
I enjoy this novel just the way it was!
Overall, I would give this novel 4 out of 5 tea mugs.
And that is it for this review. Let me know what you plan on reading this month, I would love to know!
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