April 21, 2008

Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field

by Melissa Nathan
2000 – HarperCollins

This was a great book. It’s an updating of Pride and Prejudice with a fun twist. The main character is Jasmin Fields. She’s a columnist in a London paper who has been given the role of Lizzie Bennett in a benefit performance of the book that’s been turned into a play. The play is being directed by, Harry Noble, a huge star both in the theater and in Hollywood, but Jasmin thinks he’s an arrogant cad. The book follows the story of Jasmin and the other people who’ve been cast in the play and watches as their lives mirror those of the characters they play.
Being a fan of Jane Austen, this was really fun to read. I’ve never read a book or seen a movie that did such a good job of updating the plot while staying so close to the original story. The play within the book is a great devise, and even when I knew what the characters where going to do and how it was going to end, I still read it with excitement to see how the author would work things out.
I’ve already recommended this book to a couple of people and I’m going to make my mom read it too. If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and if you like British settings, you’ll enjoy this book.

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