Monday, February 20, 2012

Pride and Princesses By Summer Day

     This wasn’t as much of a modern Pride and Prejudice as I thought it was going to be. There was an element of Pride and Prejudice and a little of Emma (more like Clueless) but it was also a story of its own.
     Best friends,Phoebe and Mouche, are juniors at Sunrise Performing Arts High School, and are tired of unromantic boys who show no interest in wooing a girl. The girls decide to write a guide they call The Boy-Rating Diary. They have read all these old dating and beauty guides called Mrs Robinson’s Advice, Sophia’s Pathway to Beauty and How to please your Potential Husband, to name a few (I love the titles of these guides and the quotes sprinkled through out the story!). They have come up with a set of rules for dating. As part of their “research” they go on practice dates and compare notes. The object of the diary is to create a dating manual for teenage girls.
     While writing the rules for the manual, The Dating Game is created. To win the game you have to get asked to the prom by Mark Knightley!
     Mark Knightley is hot, rich, arrogant, quiet and misunderstood by the girls. His best friend is Jet Campbell, who is also hot, easy going, always smiling and very likable. Joel Goodman is a good-looking smooth talker and not to be trusted. Do these characters remind you of anyone?
     The Princesses (a group of mean girls) find out about the game and want to play. Phoebe and Mouche let them in on the game but don’t share all their secrets.
     The competition drives a wedge between Phoebe and Mouche and they learn about friendships and what is more important than winning.
     It was really a good story with a surprising ending, one that I didn’t see coming. Unfortunately, I felt it was a bit scattered, the story didn’t flow well. I would have to stop sometimes and back track a little to figure out what was going on. It is for this reason I give this a 3 star rating instead of a 4.

3 out of 5 stars

Buy a copy of Pride and Princesses here.

Have you read it? What did you think? I would love to hear from you!


  1. I've got this one on my kindle, but haven't read it yet. The cover caught my attention, plus it being touted as an Austenesque read. May have to move it up the To Read list a little ;o)

  2. Rebecca, I would love to hear what you think of it! I really liked the story, it was just the writing style that I didn't enjoy. It may not bother you. I can't wait to hear! I love the cover too!

  3. I also have this for Kindle but haven't read it yet.

  4. Monica, I can't wait to hear your thoughts! I hope you enjoy it!


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