The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet

Book - 2016 | First American edition.
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At last-Pride and Prejudice, as told through the eyes of the scandalous, youngest Bennet sister, Lydia.

Lydia Bennet is the youngest of five girls. Spoiled, uneducated, selfish, stubborn, and boisterous, she wishes her older sisters would take more notice of her. She dreams of adventure, romance, and passion, so when the chance to run away with handsome Mr. Wickham presents itself, she takes it, much to her family's disgrace. This is her story.

Publisher: New York : Chicken House/Scholastic Inc., 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780545940313
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Farra
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm

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Natasha Farrant presents the diary of Elizabeth Bennet's scandalous younger sister, Lydia, and answers the question of how Lydia and Wickham got together.


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Saphira Jan 09, 2017

This was not the novel/diary I was expecting, and I'm very happy that it wasn't. The author notes in her afterword that she was told by a friend, "Don't even try and copy Jane Austen. ... Just be yourself, be respectful, and know that whatever you do, she is sitting up there in author-heaven laughing at you." I don't believe for a moment that Austen is laughing. I think she's likely quite jealous!

Yes, Lydia at first comes across as the self-important young teen as we experience in Pride and Prejudice, but this telling has her evolving with every diary entry she writes. She demonstrates a level of caring we don't see in the original since hers is not the story that is being told, and here it is. She demonstrates herself as extremely enterprising, and Farrant gives her a backstory to explain her ultimate pairing with Wickham that no one would have expected. A marvellous read!

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