Eligible (The Austen Project, #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . . . Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE TIMES (UK)This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor...

Details Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

TitleEligible (The Austen Project, #4)
Release DateApr 19th, 2016
PublisherRandom House
Number of pages512 pages
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    Pride and Prejudice, as great a piece of literature as it is, is largely a parody of its time. Mrs. Bennet's desperate hunt for suitable husbands for her girls, the resigned Mr. Bennet, the silliness of the younger Bennet girls, the commentary on social class. The humor and wit is quite subtle, but - Liz an Darcy's romance aside - it is a parody just the same. In that sense, Eligible is a great homage to it. It is filled with wit and dry humor, a...
  • stacia
    I read this ostensible retelling of Pride and Prejudice with steadily increasing hate. I hope you never read it. The book uses black and transgender identity in an attempt to shore up its "modern" edginess and does zero work at treating the black or trans characters as three-dimensional human beings. It's just, "Gasp! The Bennet girls are in interracial/transgender relationships in 2016! Is that progressive?!" The trans character is drawn as dupl...
  • Roxane
    It's a little ridiculous how well done this rebelling of pride and prejudice is. So sharp and clever. The Bennetts are wholly annoying but well drawn characters. The book is faithful to the source in the necessary ways but also fresh in surprising ways. Really liked how Darcy and Liz's relationship evolved. Took a while to get into the book but once I was hooked I finished it in one setting.
  • Tatiana
    Wow, this is garbage from page 1.
  • Will Byrnes
    ”My dear,” said Mr. Bennett, “if a sock puppet with a trust fund and a Harvard medical degree moved here, you’d think he was meant to marry one of our girls.” It is a truth universally acknowledged that, like the works of William Shakespeare and Bill Finger, some stories demand reinterpretation every generation or so. Using the ancient structures provides a framework within which the re-inventor can bring to the older foundations and i-...
  • Samadrita
    About a third of a way into "Eligible", I was pursing my lips in disapproval, tch-tch-ing internally at the writer's palpable failure to recreate even a smidgen of the magical Elizabeth-Darcy sexual tension that has sort of become a benchmark for the portrayal of sexual sizzle between a romance novel hero and heroine, when Sittenfeld turned things around quite dramatically. Not in the romance department, that is, but in the social justice area mu...
  • Elyse
    Glorious storytelling!!! Incandescent....sparklingly alive, thrilling, jam-packed with humor, with unforgettable characters. There are so many reasons to love this novel.I loved, admired, and devoured it. While dazzling-fun, and gorgeously written, Curtis Sittenfeld explores important problems of family, work, friendships, couples, passion, marriage, secrets, feminism, body issues, food, ...and how to best lead the life that you think you're mean...
  • Diane
    Someone grab the smelling salts, because I nearly fainted when I discovered how much fun this book was.Pride and Prejudice is one of my very favorite novels of all time, so naturally I am wary of modern adaptations. Most Jane Austen fan fiction is mediocre, and I was braced for Curtis Sittenfeld's book to be bad. But it wasn't bad! I really enjoyed reading it! I thought the updated story was clever, and occasionally I even laughed out loud. Sitte...
  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    I am not the biggest fan of Jane Austen, but couldn’t resist this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice from an acclaimed author. How do you take a plot from 1813 – driven by inheritance drama and women’s need to marry for financial security and social respectability – and use it to comment on the modern world?If this book is an indication, the answer is: you don’t. But reactions will come down to expectations. If you’re looking for...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    I was worried going into this because I wasn't sure how they were going to write this re-telling without messing it up too bad. And I have seen some negative reviews but there have been the good ones too. *****MILD SPOILERS*****It was so bizarre reading about all of the group in a modern telling but I did very much enjoy it. I did almost faint when I read some of the girls dropping the F-bomb and having sex with certain people. It seemed so wrong...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, you say????? Well . . . . Quick confessional: I may have just a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bit of a P&P addiction. I meant to take a shelfie, but . . . well, stupid and also I stayed up way past my old lady bedtime last night finishing this so I forgot. Anywho, I have a habit of buying multiple copies of the same book, but usually it’s by ...
  • Laura
    Apparently in this case, modern means sleazy. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. That was exciting but it is probably the only reason that I went to the effort to finish the book. The books is divided into three parts and dozens and dozens on teeny tiny chapters which I found completely unnecessary and tedious. Speaking of tedious the author added way too many unnecessary details. For example, how Liz puts on lipstick and where she lea...
  • Phrynne
    I really enjoyed this one! I am a Jane Austen fan and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books. Rewrites like this are always a worry because sometimes terrible liberties are taken with the original. However I found Eligible to be everything it should be!To enjoy it fully you really need to have read the original several times. I have not read anything by Curtis Sittenfeld before but she has a really light touch and a great sense of humou...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Eligible is supposed to be a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I found it more of a mocking shell of that beloved classic than any re-telling. There’s no way I’m going to imagine that the original version would’ve ever devolved into this story. I didn’t care for or respect any of the characters, maybe with the exception of Jane. Just the fact that Bingley was in a Bachelor type reality dating show gave me pause. Didn...
  • Tyler Goodson
    The best thing I can say about Eligible is that I would have loved it even if it had nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice. The second best thing I can say about Eligible is that it is a head-spinningly good adaptation. The writing is sharp, and the characters are refreshingly complicated. They feel real enough to pass on the street. Familiar and surprising in all the ways it needed to be, every feeling I wanted to feel was felt, and feelings I ...
  • Sam
    Eligible, oh Eligible. I have very mixed feelings about this book. As an elevated beach read type of book, I think Eligible more or less works on the whole. As a "modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice", it hit highs and lows, and is probably average overall versus the Austen sequel/retelling/zombie-fied other titles out there. As a work of literary fiction, the humorous writing is strong, but the observational and storytelling aspects felt fair...
  • Jenny Kim
    * Based on a reading of an ARC I finish about half of the book and to prevent myself from bashing my head against the wall and causing serious bodily harm, I decided to stop reading. I didn't want to give this book a star but since I can't write a review without giving a star...I just don’t think this book and I were compatible. Maybe Fiction-Romance (Chicklit) of these days are like this but I’ll not excuse the author of certain things that ...
  • Aditi
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ----Jane AustenCurtis Sittenfeld, an American bestselling author, pens an enticing and modern version of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice in her retelling book, Eligible that weaves the portrait of the upper-class and an affluent family in the society, among whom the mother of the family with the onset of her eldest...
  • Leanne
    I admit it: I've never read Pride and Prejudice. I've never even really had the slightest inclination to read Pride and Prejudice. I have found that classics are not for me and I've accepted this as a part of my reading life, regardless of what I may possibly be missing out on. The only reason I (desperately) wanted to read Eligible was for Curtis Sittenfeld, because I have loved every book she's ever written and I would follow her anywhere. So w...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    Eligible is the witty and modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Here you will find the Bennett sisters in the 21st century, complete with artificial insemination, yoga, and fad workout obsessions among other more raucous taboos. Here you will also find nearly 200 chapters—oh my goodness, those chapters; more on those below—and a page count a bit gratuitous for such a read. HOWEVER, within that excessive page count you will ...
  • Cathrine ☯
    2.5★Well, hmm. I drank 2 glasses of Granache Blanc as I finished this up. I was thinking I was too Mary-like in my response to this novel and it might help me be more Lydia-like. Perhaps if I had imbibed the entire way."Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures. They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. But I confess they would have no charms for me. I should infinitely prefer a book." —Mary ...
  • Mariah
    I read this book for my hometown book club and I really enjoyed it! This is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, but I have never read the classic version. Still, I enjoyed this book fully. I encourage reading this book even if you haven’t read the classic novel. Parts of the book were hilarious and the couples and dating were funny too!I truly enjoyed this book; a solid 4 stars!!P.s. This book was also my E book for the A-Z book title challen...
  • Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
    1.5★Received this Advance Reader's Copy in return for an honest review. Thanks very much for that.First I would like to say how very impressed I am with the speed Random House, New York, UPS & Post Haste Couriers New Zealand delivered this book to me. I've had parcels posted within NZ arrive slower.& I was so excited to get this book. I'd heard about the Austen Project (modern retellings of Jane Austen's masterpieces by famous modern writers) &...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (3.5) Pride and Prejudice transplanted to Cincinnati in 2013? That might sound like a stretch for Austen lovers, but Sittenfeld pretty much pulls it off. The characters and underlying plot are virtually identical to the original, with just a few tweaks here and there. What Sittenfeld does update are the particular scenes and situations, as well as the cultural norms and sexual practices.One key way she does this is by advancing all the Bennet dau...
  • Cassie R. (cassie-loves-reading)
    It is very rare for me to pick up a book and not finish it. Typically if it happens it's because I grow bored, it doesn't often happen because I dislike the book so much i don't see a point in continuing to read it. I, unfortunately, didn't see a point in finishing this book. I don't often read contemporary romance or classic retellings so maybe I just wasn't going into this book with the right mindset. The fact is that I loved Pride and Prejudic...
  • Marie
    At first I was a little leery, thinking this was over the top, not very deep.. However, I found myself laughing out loud over and over again and reading late into the night, never wanting to put this book down. I would literally be aching to read it while at work or with the kids during the day. It is highly addictive, highly inventive and utterly hilarious!! I'm not sure I've ever laughed so much while reading a book.So, the plot: five sisters w...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Ehhh I've read a lot of Pride & Prejudice retellings and this one's definitely my least favorite. I called it a DNF eventually and may or may not come back to it. The writing's really weak and it's taking waaaay too much work to force myself to read more. The story seems to follow the Pride & Prejudice outline well enough, but I'm also not feeling what the author did to the characters. Jane's a 40 year old yoga instructor, Bingley was on the Bach...
  • Bekah AwesomeBookNut
    This book was awful. Yet I finished it. Of course I did because it’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I wanted to see the betrayal of Elizabeth and Darcy! I knew it was going to be terrible within the first few chapters and I debated wither nor not I should even review this book because I hated it so much.I want to spoil it so bad with all the stuff that is in it. Can I? Please? No? ok… nope I gotta tell ya.I struggled through the whole...