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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prada & Prejudice - Mandy Hubbard

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up? More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.

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Callie Montgomery is the typical teenage heroine, unpopular, smart but with self esteem issues. She was fine being on the D-list until her best friend moved and she found herself alone, and hated by the pom-pom bearing squad. She thought a trip to London would change her fate but she was ignored and left alone by her peers. Frustrated, she decided to go shopping to impress her peers. She bought a $400.00 Red Prada Mary Janes but tripped in a London pavement on her way back to their hotel. When she woke up, she was stranded in 1815, pretending to be girl named Rebecca, wearing corsets and attending ball, befriending the duke's cousin Emily, and falling in love with the Duke- Alex.

LIKES: It was a cute story to start off my year of going back to reading. It starts with our heroine Callie, having the typical problem most high school girls have- Acceptance and a little problem with self esteem, I have no idea on what to expect of this book. I read the blurb a long time ago and liked it but forgot what it is all about, so traveling back to 1815 was surprising, I guess I should have got a clue when I read the title, so anyway, at first I was not sure if I am going to be into it, the old ways kind of annoys me, and it does, Alex being the duke and all that was, as expected an elitist, so way to go Callie for not accepting how it is.

DISLIKE: I just think the story was too short and I cannot believe there was no other complications after the re-engagement of Emily. I was kind of disappointed with that. It would have been really interesting if Callie would have met the real Rebecca. I'm just saying...

NOTE: I guess I can relate to Callie in a way, although I never had a problem being notice in high school, I always get that feeling that I could not relate. While I did not go as far as buying Prada shoes, or any designer items at that time, I understood why she did it. 

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