A new Pride & Prejudice knock-off, this time for the younger set and with all the proper ingredients of a rousing romantic plot, a time-travel adventure, and a setting in our favorite place, Regency England. The book, Prada & Prejudice, by Mandy Hubbard, and due out June 11, 2009, is what one author calls “Pride and Prejudice meets The Wizard of Oz meets The Princess Diaries.” Here’s the publisher’s blurb:
Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!
She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome—though totally arrogant—Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…
From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.
But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up?
[Click here for the author’s website ]
….hmmm! who knows? but if it is even half as good as Polly Shulman’s Enthusiasm, this P&P “Clueless”-like confection should be a great summer read for teens, and some of us oldsters besides!