The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet – Book Review

by Jennifer Donovan

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The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is timeless for a reason. Whether Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel or the delightful miniseries featuring Colin Firth are favorites of yours, or perhaps a more modern version like Bridget Jones’ Diary (book or movie), the idea of a love/hate relationship built on prejudices built misunderstandings and two people too proud look beyond them is pure storytelling gold.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a new novel by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick, apparently an extension of the popular youtube series the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I was unfamiliar with the source and didn’t need the background at all. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the star of the series, Ashley Clements. She did an AMAZING job, nuancing each character’s voices in such a way that the audiobook was a production in itself. The characters are sort of over-the-top in general, and she really had fun bringing them to life. I loved this story, and I loved the audiobook version of it as well.

Lizzie Bennet is a grad student in new media who starts vlogging about her family as a school project. Her best friend Charlotte helps her, her sweet sister Jane supports her, her wild sister Lydia provides plenty of material for her, as does her mother with her obsession about marrying off her daughters. When a new young bachelor moves to town, Bing Lee, Lizzie’s mother is delighted that her eldest daughter Jane catches his eye. When his stuck-up friend William Darcy snubs her second oldest daughter Lizzie, she writes him off, but Lizzie can’t move past his words and actions. She shares it on her videos and her rapidly growing pool of viewers want more, more, more.

The classic theme really comes to life. I enjoyed the nods to Austen’s characters, but this is a modern and wholly original story as well that entertained me so much. I loved all of these characters and was sad for the story to end.

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Follow the instructions below to enter to win a digital download of the audiobook of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. Click through to listen to a sample.

New to audiobooks? I would love to win over a new convert. Digital downloads are a breeze to save to your apple device or other smartphone. This one is one in which I think that listening is even better than reading, so it’s a good one to try.

First leave a comment telling me if you have a favorite Pride and Prejudice adaptation. If not, that’s okay too. This book is a wonderful place to start!

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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