This Rebel Reviews: The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant


The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

Young Adult Jane Austen Fan Fiction



Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet girls. She’s stubborn, never listens, and can’t seem to keep her mouth shut–not that she would want to anyway. She’s bored with her country life and wishes her older sisters would pay her attention . . . for once!

Luckily, the handsome Wickham arrives at Longbourn to sweep her off her feet. Lydia’s not going to let him know THAT, of course, especially since he only seems to be interested in friendship. But when they both decide to summer in the fashionable seaside town of Brighton, their paths become entangled again.

At the seaside, Lydia also finds exciting new ways of life and a pair of friends who offer her a future she never dreamed of. Lydia finally understands what she really wants. But can she get it?

A fresh, funny, and spirited reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet brings the voice of the wildest Bennet sister alive and center stage like never before.

My Review

Lydia Bennet the youngest Bennet sister finally gets to tell her side of the story in this Young Adult Pride and Prejudice retelling.

I have read Pride and Prejudice at least 16 times most likely more. It is one of my all-time favorite books. I was super excited to read Lydia’s side of the story. I have read a lot of Jane Austen retellings but never any told from Lydia’s PoV.  The beginning starts out promising but it was only downhill for there.  I do have to say that Lydia was a fully developed character. Farrant breathed life into her character even though I felt most of the time she was completely untrue to Lydia’s character. Lydia is reckless, rude, wild, fearless, ignorant, and naive. The author got the naive part and some of the reckless part but nothing else. I felt that the author tried to justify a lot of Lydia’s rudeness and saying anything she wants. The justification doesn’t make sense about 75 percent of the time. I hated how this had such a modern feel(I know they are trying to get more teenagers to read the original book but it just didn’t fit).  I also felt her relationship with her best friend and sister Kitty should have been a bigger part of the book. Writing a Jane Austen retelling is a tough thing for the best of writers and Farrant just wasn’t up to the task.

Rating: 2 Stars




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