The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet

Book - 2016 | First American edition.
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Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet girls. She's stubborn, never listens, and can't seem to keep her mouth shut--not that she would want to anyway. She's bored with her country life and wishes her older sisters would pay her attention . . . for once!

Luckily, the handsome Wickham arrives at Longbourn to sweep her off her feet. Lydia's not going to let him know THAT, of course, especially since he only seems to be interested in friendship. But when they both decide to summer in the fasionable seaside town of Brighton, their paths become entangled again.

At the seaside, Lydia also finds exciting new ways of life and a pair of friends who offer her a future she never dreamed of. Lydia finally understands what she really wants. But can she get it?

A fresh, funny, and spirited reimagining of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet brings the voice of the wildest Bennet sister alive and center stage like never before.
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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