Title: Pride & Popularity
Author: Jenni James
Published: 2011 by Inkberry Press
Version Read: Paperback
Obtained: Won in Goodreads Giveaway
Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe. This modern high school adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable falling for Taylor.
"'Taylor Anderson is the hottest guy ever!' Madison said as she leaned in closer to me to catch a better view of him moving across the concrete basketball court in our local park."
Reading this book was like sipping lemonade in hammock on a lovely, not-sweltering, summer day. It was just so refreshingly sweet. Also it’s a modern adaption of Pride & Prejudice, so it wins.
Chloe has been avoiding Taylor Anderson since she moved to town. Their first encounter was slightly embarrassing, causing her to realize that he was a no-good, vain, overly flirtatious, popular boy. As for Taylor, well he feels pressured to maintain his status as most-desirable by constantly having a girlfriend and being the stereotypical popular kid. Taylor flirts with Chloe, assuming he’ll get the same results as with everyone else, but she surprises him by ignoring and basically loathing him. All in all, we have the two main characters from Pride & Prejudice, including Charlotte, Mr. Collins, Jane, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Wickham, Lydia, Georgiana, Miss Bingley, Lady Catherine, etc, who all are represented in the amazing side characters.
Aside from my love-hate relationship with the cover (the picture is too close up for me…), I adored this book. I loved Taylor and Chloe, who so perfectly embodied the famous characters of Darcy and Elizabeth. One of my absolutely favorite things when reading an adaption is trying to figure out who stands for whom, and this book kept me guessing. I LOVED the way Mr. Collins was depicted! PERFECT modern version of him!
You should definitely go read this, as it is entertaining, adorable, and just CUTE. Therefore, go forth and find it. :)
Content Warnings: Kissing, possibly some mild language (I can’t remember).