Released: June 2009
Genre: Young Adult - Historical Fiction - Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Callie is tired of being a clumsy geek-girl. So during a school trip to London she buys her ticket to popularity: a pair of real Prada pumps. But then she wobbles on the cobblestones, trips in her too-high heels, and conks her head. When she comes to, it's the year 1815!
Luckily, she meets kindhearted Emily, who mistakes Callie for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon ignite - of the nice and no-so-nice variety - between Callie and Alex, the handsome but totally arrogant Duke of Harksbury. Too bad Alex seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve...
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 in the past is up?
I’ve never read a Jane Austen novel, and I’m not really big on any historical fiction. But a while back I stumbled across Mandy Hubbard's blog and decided to give her book a try. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed her debut novel. Callie was a delightful character who had a genuine heart. Halfway through the novel, I kept wondering why she even cared what the popular girls thought of her in the first place. She was awesome just being herself.
Reading how Callie was semi-adjusting to the 18th century was pretty entertaining. She definitely had no problems holding back what she thought about situations especially those that involved her new friend, Emily. When it came to Alex, she really didn't hold back. I wished there would have been a little more scenes between those two because I loved them together. All in all Prada & Prejudice had the right mix of humor and quirky situations to make it a very fun and quick read. Those that do not like language in books will be pleased to know this is a very clean novel too.