PUDGE & PREJUDICE
Categories: YA / Clean & Wholesome Romance / ’80s
Publisher: Wander (a division of Tyndale House)
Date of Publication: January 12, 2021
Number of Pages: 352 pages
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A Mixtape of Big ‘80s Style, High School Angst, and a Classic Jane Austen Tale!
It’s 1984 and after moving to Northenfield, Texas, with her family, Elyse Nebbit faces the challenge of finding her place in a new school, one dominated by social status and Friday night football. When Elyse’s effortlessly beautiful older sister Jayne starts dating golden boy Charlie Bingley, Elyse finds herself curious about Charlie’s popular and brooding best friend, Billy Fitz. Elyse’s body insecurities eventually complicate her relationship with Billy, leaving Jayne and Elyse’s exceedingly blunt friend, Lottie, to step in and help Elyse accept herself for who she is, pant size and all.
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galvanizing: adj. thrilling, exciting, stimulating
The galvanizing storytelling within the pages of Pudge and Prejudice will leave readers absolutely spellbound.
I knew from the opening pages that I was in for a magical reading experience with this book! And upon completion, it has rightfully earned its place not only in my heart, but on my favorites shelf as well! While there are many Pride and Prejudice retellings out there, this is the throwback to the classic tale that will truly appeal to readers of all ages!
Don’t let the young adult classification fool you! The timeless romantic clash we all love and enjoy is beautifully and humorously captured with all its teenage angst, yet profoundly transcendent in its ability to be relatable even for those of us far beyond those young years. Proud Billie and opinionated Elyse match wits in a splendid performance of civilized and modern day sparring. This is a fun retelling that any fan of the original will appreciate if not adore, while new readers will instantly fall in love with the way the author brilliantly weaves in 80s nostalgia to showcase old customs in a modern light.
Though high school is not a place I like to think about, stories like this allow the fonder memories to rush to the surface, teasing me with the idea that perhaps I have those years all wrong and it was more than likely better than I remember. Maybe. But I digress…
Everything from the social scenes, the high school hierarchy structures, the relationships between sisters, and the sweeping characterization works together, so that each chapter is cleverly choreographed for maximum effect as the conclusion quickly approaches. I say quickly because once you start reading, the pages fly! The delicate dance between flirtation and frustration is on full display. And if my calculations are correct, the sarcasm, the banter, and the keen observations about it all add up to make this one heck of a book! We all know the ending, yet you’ll find yourself swooning even more as you remember your own tale of first love.
As much as this story will have you hoping Jake Ryan is waiting to take you home or raising your boombox in solidarity with Lloyd, the humor is not lost here either. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll get all verklempt. And it will absolutely be worth every minute! I have a need for more. My book hangover is real.
In the canon of retellings, Pudge and Prejudice is perfection itself.
5 glorious stars!
I would be doing you a HUGE disservice if I didn’t mention how amazing the soundtrack to this book is! Songs have this magical ability to take us back to a moment in time in just an instant, so I love when books incorporate this into the storytelling! As I began to notice how many amazing songs were being referenced, I checked the blog tour schedule, anticipating a promotional post that included an author guest post about the influence of music with a much needed playlist. However, much to my chagrin, this is a review-only tour, so therefore, I felt it was my duty to create the playlist with every song or artist mentioned!
These are in order of appearance. If an artist was mentioned with no specific song, I used the most popular. I must caveat that two songs in particular are included though they don’t fit the timeline of the book because they are the most famous version (“Cotton Eye Joe” by the Rednex) or best known (“I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders – plus, this song absolutely captured the ending!), so don’t @me!
I didn’t end up including any of the numerous TV and movie theme songs mentioned either. Also, I made a director’s decision to not include “Crying My Heart Out Over You” by Ricky Skaggs because it totally did not fit the tone of the whole collection, and as Elyse so adamantly states, “who could dance to such mournful music.” HAHAHAHA! And I’m a fan of that old country sound, but I hear you sister! I hope you enjoy this HALF as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
PRAISE FOR PUDGE AND PREJUDICE:
Written with wit and considerable insight into the highs and lows of first love, this coming-of-age twist on the Jane Austen classic had me laughing out loud, singing ‘80s lyrics in my head, and cheering on the brilliant, yet self-deprecating heroine. Pudge & Prejudice is a joy to read from beginning to end!Lorie Langdon author of Olivia Twist and the Disney Villains series
Allison Pittman will have readers laughing (and singing) on every page of this delightfully tenderhearted novel for all ages…[She] crafts a particularly savvy character who learns that beauty really is soul-deep….Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials
I can’t remember the last time I loved a book as much as I love this one. It’s an instant classic I will return to time after time.Bethany Turner, Award-Winning Author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
Allison Pittman is an award-winning author of thirteen novels, including the Christy-nominated Sister Wife series and the critically acclaimed The Seamstress. An enthusiast for all of the writing world, Allison holds active leadership in her local American Christian Fiction Writers chapter, and she heads up a thriving critique group in the San Antonio area.
When not writing, Allison teaches middle school English, working as a conduit to introduce her students to new, fresh literature. You can follow her around on Instagram or Twitter and keep up with her writing news on her Allison Pittman Author Facebook page. Here you’ll learn what’s going on with new books, next books, and day-to-day life with Allison and her husband, Mikey. You’ll also get a peek at Snax, the world’s worst dog.
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4 thoughts on “Pudge & Prejudice | BOOK REVIEW”
WOW! This is next level book love — that playlist! I just added it to my Spotify and am listening now. That bookstagram! YASSS! I see some of the same cassettes I have in my own collection there. (I have Ghost in the Machine in every format available except on reels.) Best of all, THIS BOOK! Thanks for an amazing review and post.
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What Kristine said – yeah, that! Wowie!! Amazingly awesome review and post!! I was looking at the bookstagram and thinking, “Where are the 8-tracks?” Then I remembered – that’s the 70’s. My bad. 😆