Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Yuck (No cursing. Topics to consider: sexism, drinking, drugs, religion, implied sex, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, mention of abortion, brief kissing, and death.)
I’ve never seen a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling that was about the production of a Pride and Prejudice play! This story is based around Eddi Boswick (based on Elizabeth Bennet) and an arrogant, eligible bachelor, Dave Davidson (Mr. Darcy) and their role in a local theater. The tale stayed very true to the characters, yet brought new life to the story! The similarities of the characters’ lives to the original story seemed to go unnoticed by the characters (which was a little unrealistic); but it is just fiction and that seemed to be the best way to do the story to me. There was much more emphasis on Linda’s (Lydia’s) scandalous life than in the original and a fairly strong Christian undertone, but I think those aspects both really helped the storyline progress.
First Impressions had a lot of drama, drama, drama! I was surprised at how intense the beginning was. I found the entire book so interesting and mysterious — it really held my attention. Some of it was a little too sappy for me, though, like this quote: “he would be dancing with her all night…in his dreams.” Gag! Luckily, for the most part it was nicer, cute romance.
I really appreciated the character list in the beginning of the book. The author listed each character, their role, and which Pride and Prejudice character they corresponded to. I found myself using it quite a bit!
I enjoyed First Impressions immensely! I definitely recommend it to all fans of Austen. It brings hope to all fangirls out there that you might just find your own Mr. Darcy. ❤