on October 4th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, JAFF
You can take the girl out of teenage hell, but can you take teenage hell out of the girl?
At fourteen, Andrea was a geeky, gangly teenager who spent one magical summer with the rich and famous—surrounded by art, polo ponies, and children who bear the names of corporations and main avenues. She had a mad crush on handsome trust fund baby Manolo, but her silly romantic notions were painfully crushed one night by spoiled, arrogant Jaime—the one boy she loved to hate, and who hated her right back.
More than a decade later, Andrea is overworked and under-loved, with no man in sight and no intention of getting back to the delusional business of hoping and throwing caution to the wind. Ordered by her doctor to hightail it out of the city and into a true-blue vacation, she and her best friend, hippie-heiress Pilar, head off to a small, soon-to-open resort on a southern island. But Andrea’s plans of a tranquil summer holiday are ruined by cruel reminders of the past—taking her back to her humiliations and her thwarted desires.
“You’ve spent your whole damn life proving the wrong people right. When are you finally going to do it the other way around?”
I guess by now, it’s obvious how much I love Pride and Prejudice. And to finally read a P&P-inspired novella written by a Filipino, woohoo! Hello, representation! I want more!
Prep and Prejudice is a contemporary romance inspired by P&P set in the Philippines. While it followed the hate to love trope and other plot points in the original, this novella had its own voice and story to tell. The author got the essence I loved about Pride and Prejudice and made her spin to it, adding something so intrinsically Filipino to it. The story reminded me of the local dramas I used to watch as a kid, what with social classes, close family ties, and that inevitable happily ever after.
Andrea had her own prejudices against the rich and powerful, but held it against Jaime the most. She had her reasons, and her bad experience with him when they were kids was enough for her to think the worst of him. So years later when they meet again, she jumps to conclusions and continues to think the worst of him even when he’s been trying to prove he’s not as bad as she thinks. I think it’s the main thing hindering Andy and Jaime from finally reaching their HEA.
I really like Jaime, the Darcy equivalent in this story. In most adaptations, Darcy is painted as a near perfect figure whose main fault is his pride. Instead, Jaime is a bit more black sheep than golden boy. I honestly didn’t like him at the start of the story and thought he was this book’s Wickham, but like in P&P, “one has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it”. It was a pleasant surprise to be blindsided like that!
A story of pride, prejudices, second chances, and choosing happiness over everything else, Prep and Prejudice is a lovely light read that made me smile and feel giddy. A perfect read for the beach or holiday.
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