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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel

by Sonali Dev

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Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors is a modern retelling of the timeless classic. This version has a unique element. The woman, Trisha, is proud, and the man, DJ, is prejudice. I liked Trisha. She is proud because she's a surgeon, and that's a justifiable reason. She is an intelligent, strong and likeable character. DJ, on the other hand, I despised. At some point, I should have come to like him, like in the original, but that didn't happen. He's just unlikable and garners no sympathy. I understand that the differences between social classes is supposed to be sharply rendered, but prejudice is present in every class and every race. Much of it is due to extreme ignorance, lack of education and an unwillingness to admit or acknowledge that these attributes are present. I see all of this in DJ. His character soured what was otherwise an engaging story. Everything else is quirky and charming and it flows well. The culture is beautiful described, well written and immersive. The place and time have a true feeling of life about them. Overall, I'm just ignoring DJ because he's a drag who brings the review down to a two star,and I think it's better than that. Instead, I'm focusing on the merits of the story. It's a delightful and culturally rich retelling. For the positive attributes, the story is more of a four star. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  JypsyLynn | Feb 26, 2019 |
*Free e-book ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss/Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review. No money or other goods were exchanged, and all views are my own.*

Trisha Raje is a successful surgeon who has perfected the art of removing cancer from tricky spots, but she can't quite figure people out, or get over being the black sheep of the family. When the chef at her brother's campaign events just so happens to be DJ Caine, the brother of one of her patients, Trisha is suddenly thrown into situations seeing him a bit too much for comfort.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the romances I like best are either by Jane Austen or reference her work. Okay that's a slight exaggeration. All kidding aside, this was an absolutely fantastic story. We get enough of both Trisha and DJ's points of view and backstory to cheer them both on as they start to fall in love and have one misunderstanding after another. Trisha's large family, their drama and dynamics, are endearing and relatable. Dev shows a range of identity and experiences through her culturally diverse cast. And yes, I enjoyed the Austen references. The story was more inspired by than a retelling, but character names and a few situations will have Janeites grinning with anticipation and recognition. Just delightful reading. Now excuse me while I go look up everything Sonali Dev has written. ( )
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