One of the most buzzed books of the season is Eligible, and it's a favorite among CPL staff. Read on for our reviews of this newest entry in the Austen Project, pairing up Jane Austen’s classic novels with bestselling authors for modern updates.
A wonderful re-telling of Pride & Prejudice set in current day Cincinnati that is just as insightful, incisive, and funny as the original. - Anbolyn (Sunset)
A wonderful modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Sittenfeld amazingly stays true to the characters while updating this classic (and a favorite of mine, so I was skeptical). She very cleverly updated Regency-era absurdity to today's standards of ridiculous behavior. Fans of Austen and even those who've never read the original can appreciate this fantastic novel. Some of these characters would fit right in with the absurdly rich characters in Crazy Rich Asians. - Melissa (Downtown)
Very fun, enjoyable modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice. I loved imagining how Kitty and Lydia's behavior scandalized their family in modern times. I was continuously surprised with where the author went with some of the plot points, but loved it all. Great job! - Lindsay (Sunset)
I loved the way the book was written. This fast-paced story of the five Bennet sisters kept enough familiar elements from Pride & Prejudice, but there were enough new elements to keep the momentum flowing, and to keep me asking myself, “What’s next?” The spirited and quirky cast of characters and their stories unfolded into an engaging novel that I would call my favorite book of 2016 so far. The contemporary romance, infused with humor and gossip, takes place in modern-day Cincinnati and includes regular visits to Skyline Chili. Rather than keeping the characters as they are in P&P and simply giving them cell phones and a microwave, these characters face contemporary challenges and have modern day issues. Curtis Sittenfeld did an excellent job of creating a story that takes a timeless classic, places it in the 21st century, and stays true to the original. Jane Austen would enjoy this book. - Rosanna (Downtown)