My June book for the Pride & Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge:
Prada & Prejudice; Mandy Hubbard.
Fifteen-year-old Callie goes on a trip to London, but an ill-timed comment makes her a pariah with the popular girls. Hoping to buy a little respect, she splurges on Prada shoes, but trips immediately, falls, and wakes in the past.
Mistaken for a long-lost friend of Emily, who a girl who lives in a nearby house, Callie has to try to blend in. And while she’s there, she might as well solve a few injustices.
Like any time travel story, there’s a few issues. What happens to the future when she’s in the past? Does she change things? And what happens to the people in the past when she returns to the future?
Instead of following any plot points or involving any characters from Pride & Prejudice, Prada & Prejudice focuses on the character flaws of the older story. Anywhere the unwilling to explain meets the quick to judge, sparks are bound to fly.
The story over all is cute, though the relationship feels a little artificial in places. Watching Callie stumble along in the past is entertaining. And who hasn’t pictured how a modern woman would cope with the constraints placed on women in the past? The ending is a little rushed, but the book is YA, and pretty short YA, at that.