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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice | Curtis Sittenfeld
From the wickedly entertaining ("USA Today") Curtis Sittenfeld, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Prep "and" American Wife, "comes a modern retelling of Jane Austen s "Pride and Prejudice." A bold literary experiment, "Eligible" is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga for the twenty-first century. This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane s fortieth birthday fast approaches. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show "Eligible." At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving. Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, "Eligible" both honors and updates Austen s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today. Praise for Curtis Sittenfeld and "Eligible" If there exists a more perfect pairing than Curtis Sittenfeld and Jane Austen, we dare you to find it. . . . Sittenfeld makes an already irresistible story even more beguiling and charming. "Elle" Sittenfeld is an obvious choice to re-create Jane Austen s comedy of manners. [She] is a master at dissecting social norms to reveal the truths of human nature underneath. " The Millions" "" A delightful romp for not only Austen devotees but also lovers of romantic comedies and sly satire, as well . . . Bestselling Sittenfeld plus Jane Austen? What more could mainstream fiction readers ask for? "Booklist" (starred review) Sittenfeld adeptly updates and channels Austen s narrative voice the book is full of smart observations on gender and money. . . . A clever retelling of an old-fashioned favorite. " Publishers Weekly" "" Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one. " The Washington Post" Sittenfeld is popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious and, above all a perspective chameleon with an uncanny ability to enter the minds of callow prep school outcasts and devotedly compromising first ladies alike. NPR s "All Things Considered" [Sittenfeld] is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight. " The Boston Globe""
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BookwormM
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Pickpick

Fun modern American retelling of P&P

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eesswein
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
Pickpick

This book held my attention from start to finish! 5 stars!

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CrowCAH
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#WishesBlessings #Red

A Pride and Prejudice adaptation with a red cover.

Eggs Beautiful ❤️😍❤️ 12mo
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LadyCait84
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
Panpan

A 21st century retelling of Pride & Prejudice, I kept wondering if the author actually even liked the Austen classic she was modernizing? Many of her choices for bringing the Bennets into the present day did so at the expense of their characters. I also took issue with her writing style — bloated with superfluous, superficial details & the occasional SAT word. I only managed to finish by looking at it as bad fanfiction.

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canbku
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Pickpick

Super fun, very clever, and still fresh even if I knew how it would end. I would love a little more time with the characters at the end instead of the sort of strange last chapter

Vansa Absolutely loved this retelling. And I really liked what she's done with Lydia- absolutely excellent and perfectly updated. 1y
canbku @Vansa I felt the same way! Really tough to thread that needle! 1y
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canbku
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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More adventures in genre!

AileenRR I found this one so much fun! 2y
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TheLucindaLife
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld

As someone who lives in cincy, so fun to read my favorite classic novel retold in my city. As a lover of P&P though, I found I hated Liz and couldn‘t feel any real chemistry between Darcy and her. The mom was just as hated as always, so it achieved that!

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CrowCAH
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Listening to this #Audiobook.
I‘m not digging it.
Yes, I see the elements of P&P in the text.
But I‘m not liking Liz, she‘s too “headstrong and obstinate” for my taste.
Kitty and Lydia are vulgar.
And it‘s too contemporary for this girl who loves historical.

HOTPock3tt I felt exactly the same way 😐 2y
CrowCAH @HOTPock3tt phew 😅 glad I‘m not the only one. I‘ve seen many reviews stating this is a funny book; I‘m not finding the humor. 2y
HOTPock3tt I didn‘t find the humor either. Some of the characters actions were disgusting 😶I chose not to finish it 2y
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LiteraryinLawrence I read this several years ago. I remember really liking it, but I can‘t remember why specifically. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
jdiehr Not my favorite author 2y
CrowCAH @HOTPock3tt I‘m one who tries to push through. It‘s an audiobook, so I‘ll continue, maybe it gets better. 2y
CrowCAH @LiteraryinLititz to me it‘s okay, a story. Neither super engaging, but also isn‘t dragging. 2y
CrowCAH @jdiehr it‘s the first time I‘m reading this author. Her writing seems okay. Though, the short chapters are taking a bit to get used to. 2y
HOTPock3tt @CrowCAH I get that! 🙂 but sometimes I get upset about spending my time listening to something I am not enjoying. And I make the decision to throw in the towel. This was one of those times lol 2y
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Megabooks
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Hey US #pemberlittens!! I don‘t know much about Austen, but I do know this is a retelling of P&P 👍🏻

AmberWB And it is so good!!! 2y
Scochrane26 This one is really good. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I liked this one! 2y
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Reviewsbylola This was fantastic!! 2y
Reviewsbylola And generally I hate retellings. 2y
Birdsong28 Really good 2y
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Smarkies
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Mehso-so

I am torn on this one. It was a fun frothy remake of P&P and I can appreciate some of the author's takes on it. However, the story line I did not appreciate was anything related to the issues of gender and racism. The way it was handled grated. Mrs Bennet's in particular - in the original, she was a bit flighty. In this, her portrayal was very flat in relation to her prejudices.
Other retellings were better I think.
Read this for #pemberlittens

batsy I felt the same, especially with the use of a trans character. 2y
Smarkies @batsy yup. Considering that it was written in the last 5 years, I didn't expect that sort of treatment around these issues. 2y
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Revenge4bess
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
Pickpick

Loved the book 👌❤️

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MEGR
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Pickpick

Fun listen! I liked it much more than I thought I would!

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StayCurious
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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How exciting is it when you order a discounted book from Book Outlet and end up with a signed copy?!

Mishu94 Heyyyyy! Could you please write a review on it after you‘re done reading it? 😁 3y
StayCurious @Mishu94 oh for sure! 3y
Mishu94 @StayCurious thank you! 🤗 3y
wanderinglynn Very cool! 👍🏻 3y
kspenmoll Fantastic!!! Loved this book!!! 3y
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kspenmoll
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Pickpick

#bookclub #Aprilpick
This modern reimagining of Austen‘s P&P was such a positive tonic!The Bennett‘s are relocated to Cincinnati. Because Mr Bennet had a heart attack, Jane, a yoga instructor, & Liz, a magazine writer, return from their homes NYC. A wild, smart, funny romp begins, with modern issues such transgender, paleo diets, artificial insemination,Reality TV - Chip Bingley first appears as a reality TV star. And of course Darcy is Darcy...

Suet624 Beautiful picture! 3y
kspenmoll @Suet624 Thanks! 3y
Ncostell Sounds like a fun read, I‘ll have to check it out! 3y
kspenmoll @Ncostell It was a perfect book for these times. 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB ... #ISpy a book that is red! 🌹

@tracey38 @runswithscissors007 @JaclynW @MallenNC can you find a book that is pink? 🌸

EadieB @OriginalCyn620 Nice cover! Love your Easter decorations too! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Thanks @EadieB! 🐣 3y
runswithscissors007 Those eggs are so pretty!!! 🥚 🥚 thanks for the tag! I am struggling with pink! Heading to the basement to dig through some boxes to see what I find!!! 3y
tracey38 Thanks for the tag! Let me check my bookshelf! 3y
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kspenmoll
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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#keeplitsypositive #bookclubpick #bloomingbibliophiles #sunshine
When walking in my neighborhood, on different days I have come across positive messages, in words and symbols, on sidewalks & rocks.This is today‘s find.It appeared when I truly needed it- long overwhelming work day, anxiety high in my household, clouds, wind, no sun. This sun makes me happy.☀️

TrishB That‘s lovely ❤️ 3y
Meaw_catlady Awww this is so lovely and nice!!!! 💛💛💛 3y
Branwen So glad it brought a smile to you! 💕 3y
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Tanisha_A Love that 🌞 3y
OriginalCyn620 That‘s awesome! I‘ve seen positive sidewalk chalk messages in my neighborhood too. Such a nice thing! 3y
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kspenmoll
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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#sundayread#laughoutloud #prideandprejudice #bookclub
#Aprilpick

Only on p. 7, but Mrs. Bennet is such a Mrs.Bennet! She is making me laugh. This book was a birthday gift from my sister, then our bookclub picked it for something to counteract our real lives. 😂😂

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kspenmoll
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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#socks #JaneAusten #reading #bookclub #Aprilpick #catsoflitsy #keeplitsypositive

Displaying my Jane Austen socks, a gift from the same sister who finally got me to read Pride and Prejudice!

CrowCAH LOVE your socks! 😍 3y
alisiakae I have the same socks! We‘re sock sisters 😆 3y
wanderinglynn Love the socks! 😍 3y
LeahBergen I have these, too!! 💕👏🏻💕👏🏻 3y
Branwen Those socks are perfect! 3y
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kspenmoll
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#feelgoodreads #mysteryfun #bookclub #Aprilpick

My school district is open tomorrow. May close Monday. I Plan to open these books next week for some light fare.

My son‘s anxiety levels skyrocketing so my husband and I plan to stay close to him through this. Every step of the way. 💕💕💕

BookDragonNotWorm Sending positive thoughts his way! 3y
kspenmoll @BookDragonNotWorm Thank you so much for your kindness.❤️ 3y
BookDragonNotWorm 🤗 I know it's not easy when someone you love is hurting. 3y
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kspenmoll
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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#bookclub #Aprilpick #JaneAustin #PrideandPrejudice #modernretelling
Just home from a wonderful book club meeting. April‘s pick is tagged book.

Crazeedi You always post such pretty photos, this one is beautiful 3y
Cathythoughts Lovely pic ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
kspenmoll @Crazeedi @Cathythoughts Thank you both! I love that pot! 3y
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Christinak
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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The event to which Mrs. Bennet was referring was the annual fundraising luncheon for the Cincinnati Women‘s #League, scheduled this year for the 2nd Thurs in Sept. A member of the league since her 20‘s, Mrs. Bennet was for the 1st time the luncheon‘s planning chair & as she often reminded her family members, the enormous pressure & responsibility of the role left her, however lamentably, unavailable to tend to her husband‘s recovery. #QuotsyFeb20

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OriginalCyn620
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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PurpleyPumpkin I forgot about this red cover! I know there's a division of thought about this one, but I quite enjoyed it. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola I loved this one! 3y
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Librarybelle
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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In homage to Pride and Prejudice, Sittenfeld writes a modern day Bennet-Darcy comedic drama, in which Mrs Bennet‘s hope for weddings for her daughters turns complicated. I‘ve heard mixed reviews on this one...haven‘t had a chance to read it, but did score a cheap copy to try it out! #TheRingGoesSouth #SoaringScores

LiteraryinLawrence I really liked this one! 3y
Cinfhen I thought this worked really well!! I liked it 💍 3y
CrowCAH Perfect “ring” 💍 book! 😊 3y
CaramelLunacy I enjoyed this one, too 3y
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Bookartbookmarks
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Got to donate this amazing book to my local #littlefreelibrary with a surprise Artmark for whomever finds it. Highly recommended read!

Cinfhen What a lovely treat!!! Beautiful bookmark and sweet book 3y
LeahBergen That would be lovely to find one of your bookmarks! 3y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

After Finishing Northanger Abbey today, began looking for any news on The Austen Project. Apparently ithas faded away due to poor response or lack of Authors willing to do. No sign of Mansfield Park or Persuasion. Of the 4 Pride and Prejudice and Emma were Picks. Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey were Pans. So make whole series a So-So. 😏
#austeninaugust2019

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Just.Linds
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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A lovely Tuesday off😴 almost done with this and excited to see how Sittenfeld will end it

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Cinfhen
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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#MayMovieMagic Nothing says #ModernLove more than a Jane Austen retelling ❤️The Bennett Family has been relocated to the suburbs of Cincinnati, Liz is a magazine writer & Jane a yoga instructor. And the hot bachelor is a former reality TV star. The novel captures the spirit of the original, while cleverly weaving in elements (bypass surgery, the Paleo diet, high tech venture capitalists) that make the story very 21st century. I liked it❣️

erzascarletbookgasm Great choice 👍. How‘s your throat? Have you seen the doc? 4y
Cinfhen Haven‘t seen the dr, need to wait until Monday 😫😫 @erzascarletbookgasm and it‘s still sore & achy 😢 4y
Cinfhen Thank you for checking in on me @erzascarletbookgasm 😘 4y
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TrishB Hope its better soon ❤️ 4y
CarolynM Feel better💐 4y
avalinah I definitely liked this one as well :) 4y
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen weird but works - try drinking sage tea (literally stick dried sage into a tea strainer). Tastes like drinking a bad pizza or something but oddly works very well for sore throats. Don‘t drink more than a few mugs a day but morning, midday, afternoon and evening is fine. (edited) 4y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen is your throat any better? Any other symptoms? Fever etc? Thinking of you 4y
KarenUK This is such a fun book... 💕 4y
rohit-sawant Oo, stacking this! Hope you feel better 💜 4y
Blaire Great choice! This was a fun read. 4y
suzisteffen I've read many P&P adaptations but haven't hit this one yet. Next!
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Cinfhen Thanks friends, no fever but I‘m pretty sure this throat thing isn‘t going to go away without antibiotics @TrishB @CarolynM @Crazeedi @rohit-sawant Need to pick up sage @GlassAsDiamonds but it sounds nasty!!!!! 4y
Cinfhen I‘m thinking of trying this adaptation next!! Have any of you read it @suzisteffen @Blaire @rohit-sawant @KarenUK @avalinah 4y
suzisteffen @Cinfhen I sure have! I enjoy Ibi Zoboi so much. This one has a few plot holes ... BUT so does P&P. I read Unmarriageable last month (will tag in next comment) and right now, I am reading Sonali Dev‘s 4y
suzisteffen @Cinfhen oops I mean CURRENTLY, not “right now.” 😂 The other book was 4y
KarenUK @cinfhen no not read that one, but I think @LauraBeth really enjoyed it.... I‘m thinking of trying this one (another Austen project one) for #pop19 for a retelling of a classic (edited) 4y
KarenUK I own it, but the Litsy rating is terrible! 🤦‍♀️ 4y
avalinah @Cinfhen nope, haven't read that one! 4y
Cinfhen I was gonna say @KarenUK you‘re book doesn‘t have much #LitsyLove 😜although sometimes the Litsy rating doesn‘t make sense 🤷‍♀️ 4y
Cinfhen Unmarriageable looks adorable @suzisteffen I might have to try that one as well. 😄 4y
suzisteffen @KarenUK oooh I‘m going to try that one! Litsy and GR can be brutal(ly and mistakenly) rude about retellings of classics, esp Austen. I‘ll definitely read that one! 4y
suzisteffen TBH my fave - though also disliked by many - retelling of P&P is 4y
suzisteffen @Cinfhen I liked it a lot but didn‘t love it. Wracking my brain to figure out what the second P&P retelling I read in April was - will post when I figure it out. 4y
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen I really liked it (Pride) Young adult, definitely but I thought it was well done and I loved Eligible. I just finished Unmarriageable (still need to review it) & it was fun too. Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. 😘Get better soon. 4y
CarolynM @GlassAsDiamonds Sage tea is my husband's favourite cold remedy. It's too disgusting for me! 4y
Reviewsbylola This was amazing! It showed me that retellings can be good. 4y
GlassAsDiamonds @CarolynM 😂😂😂😂 Great minds (but it *IS* vile!!!). 4y
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EmilieGR
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
Panpan

Makes pride and prejudice seem shallow

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AutumnAuroraRain95
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
Mehso-so

3/5 stars. Some of the changes i found interesting, some of them i found completely against what the original characters would have done. Not my favorite, but not terrible.

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AutumnAuroraRain95
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld

Getting slightly more interesting. Still doing things that i was not expecting. That reveal in the second part totally threw me for a loop. Adds a new layer to the story, but I‘m not sure what‘s going to happen next. About 100 pages left in the book.

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AutumnAuroraRain95
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I feel like it‘s already half way through the book, and i still have 350 pages left... 🤦🏻‍♀️ that‘s the problem with retellings i guess, I‘m constantly comparing them to the original.

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natalieebloom
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book more than I maybe should have. The storyline (albeit tacky and unrealistic) manages to suck you in somehow. It took me 50 pages to really get into it, but if you‘re looking for a chick flick in book form (with romance, reality TV, and wealthy family drama), this is it. I love Jane Austen so it was fun to find the parallels between this book and P&P. And, I gotta say... I‘m looking forward to The Bachelorette even more now.

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staci.reads
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Mehso-so

I really should quit doing this to myself. I swear off Jane Austen retellings, but then one gets lots of buzz on social media, and I get sucked in. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It was clever in places and cringy in places. Typical of an adaptation.

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Devyn
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Pickpick

So so so good. The perfect antidote after long workdays and reading for school.

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WhiteDayLilies
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Panpan


I didn‘t like this retelling of Pride and Prejudice. There were some strange twists & things thrown in that just felt kinda icky. The characters were the same the throughout the book. I felt like there so little chemistry between Liz and Darcy too. Overall it was kind of entertaining to read. I still love me a good temporary romance of course but this one just didn‘t work quite well for me. ⭐️⭐️

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Devyn
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I swear I do things besides cuddle with my dog on the couch and read. I just don‘t remember what they are. 🐶📖

britt_brooke What a sweet face! 💚🐾 4y
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Devyn
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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When in doubt, read Pride and Prejudice...or a retelling.

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Marni
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Do you have a book that just is like a security blanket? When things are rough and you can‘t tell up from down you just dive into it and it helps settle everything inside. This is that book for me. Just downloaded the audio version from my library. It‘ll be the 3rd time I‘ve read it. #read2019 #onwardandupward

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AmandaEve
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🎥 Where the Heart Is
📚 Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
🎶 Don‘t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 💘💙💘 4y
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SheilaChew
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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“I apologize for misreading the situation so egregiously.” Aahhh Darcy! ❤️ I‘m enjoying this book so much!

A modern version of Pride & Prejudice set in Cincinnati. Liz writes for a magazine, Darcy is a doctor, and the family drama is hilarious!

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LitDrivenGirl
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Last week found us hunkered down at home for the beginning of the week due to cold temps and the latter part? Well we were passing around the plague...ok so I'm being dramatic, but a fever and upper respiratory are 😫. So we ventured out for some thrifting tonight after work. I FINALLY found a copy of Eligible! @biblio_ginger got me American Wife last week through a swap. Two more and I have everything Curtis has written 😍. (cont. in comments)

LitDrivenGirl I'm contemplating a Jane Austen read month. Pairing this with the original Pride and Prejudice and a few others. Not this month, though, I'm busy enjoying Reading Blackout 😁. Confession, I've never read P&P and once when I started to...I wasn't a big fan of it, but I figure I like the adaptions well enough I need to get around to reading it one of these days. 4y
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cinann
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I have quite a few #redreads on my unread shelves.

#literarylove
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have several of these on my tbr shelf as well!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
vkois88 I've heard good things about several of these! 4y
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OriginalCyn620
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks like some good ones!! ❤️❤️ 4y
vkois88 Oh, I've heard Perfect Mother is really good. You'll have to let us know what you think! 4y
OriginalCyn620 @vkois88 I‘ve read The Perfect Mother and loved it! Good twist! 4y
vkois88 Oh, I'll have to see if it's available on #Libby! Thanks 😊 4y
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SheilaChew
Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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While my students take a test, I wander around with my kindle, proctoring & reading. 🤓

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cinann
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Eligible, which is a #retelling of Pride and Prejudice, has been on my tbr for a few years.

#anewchapter
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️❤️ 4y
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