Flashback Friday: YA Chick Lit


Happy Friday!

Anyone looking for some good YA chick lit? These were our favorites when we were teens!

  • Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
  • How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot
  • Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

If you’re looking for a good Pride & Prejudice retelling that includes time travel, Prada & Prejudice is for you. Sarah Dessen books are teen classics, though these two are our personal favorites; How to Be Popular is witty; Sweethearts is deep and, well, sweet.

 The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a fun and lighthearted read that’s perfect to read on a flight. The Opposite of Me is about twins, and though we read it as teens, it’s the only book on this list that isn’t technically YA.

I plan on getting some writing done today and then finishing The Gilded Wolves, so keep an eye out for a review. What are your Friday plans?


Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Alexis: DNFed 11/25/18

Okay, so I rarely DNF a book. But I just couldn’t finish this. I was so disappointed because I love Pride & Prejudice retellings!

I only got about 45 pages in, then I skipped to the ending, and then I skimmed the middle.

To start, the writing style is just weird. It feels too flowery, too forced, like the author was trying too hard to sound like Jane Austen.

This is supposed to be a modern retelling. Instead, it ends up being a modern yet sleazy retelling. The story features a TV show that’s basically The Bachelor. There’s a lot of tasteless sex, and Lizzy and Darcy even have hate sex. Lizzy and her sisters joke about how they think Mary is gay so often that it makes me uncomfortable. A lot of other additions are completely unneccesary. 

Instead of being loveable and annoying, Mrs. Bennet is rude and annoying. She also seems to be prejudiced (ha) and she hates everybody. There’s a line where she says, “Liz…life can be very hard for mulatto children.” Yikes.

Check out this other line: “From his first sighting of Jane, Chip’s face crumpled; and the sequent gush from his eyes would surely have been sufficient to bathe a medium-sized dog: a corgi, perhaps, or a border collie.” What?

The beginning wasn’t good, there were four different—equally bad—endings, and everything I skimmed in the middle wasn’t good, either. This book definitely wasn’t for me.

VERDICT: 1 out of 5 books