Thursday, July 1, 2010

Book Review: Love, Lies and Lizzie by Rosie Rushton

This is the fourth Jane Austen in 21st Century YA novel written by Rosie Rushton. Rushton's teenage version of Elizabeth Bennet and her sister are looking for guys, just like the Bennet sisters in the original Jane Austen novel. In Love, lies and Lizzie they don't write letters to their loved ones; they have cellphones, Internet and all the other devices of modern technology to help them out. 


Rushton is faithful to the original storyline. Of course there are some changes, since the story takes place on a different century. To make the story flow well, some changes are made. For example, Bennet's are not poor in this novel. Mrs. Bennet has inherited a fortune from her third cousin. They buy a house from a neighbourhood filled with rich people and start social climbing. Mr. Bennet's precious library and books has transformed to music room and Wagner. 


The personalities of the sisters have been updated well. Lizzie is independent and she speaks her mind, Jane is kind, Meredith (Mary) is an eco-activist afraid of global warming, Katie (Kitty) and Lydia are twins. Lydia is wild and rekless. Katie wishes she could be like Lydia. James Darcy is arrogant and rich, his friend Charlie Bingley a push over. Drew Collins is as wonderful as in the Austen's original novel. You know what I mean.


While reading this books it is interesting to note the differences between the original novel and Rosie Rushton's YA novel. At least the character of Charlotte Lucas was a suprise for me. What is also interesting is to note all the British words Rushton uses, such as snogging. Since the previous novels by Rushton were familiar to me, I knew the meaning of those words pretty easily. 


Love, Lies and Lizzie is a good YA book with complex characters and good plot. Connection to Jane Austen's original novel is made by the use of quotations from the original novel always at the beginning of the chapter. I recommend this book to fans of Pride and Prejudice, but also for others. You don't have to know anything about Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice in order to enjoy this funny and gorgeous young adult novel.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, this sounds like a great novel! I'll definitely keep it in mind, I haven never read a modern take on Pride and Prejudice (or if you count Bridget Jones's Diary, then I suppose I did, hehe). Great review! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I will post the review for 'Echoes of Love' by Rosie Rushton some time next week. It is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's persuasion. :)

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