Stuck Up and Stupid by Angourie Rice & Kate Rice
Stuck Up and Stupid is a modern retelling of the much-beloved Pride and Prejudice. The story follows Lily, who lives in the quiet coastal town of Pippi Beach in NSW with her man-obsessed mother, Lydia. When Hollywood stars Casey Brandon and Dorian Khan show up at Pippi for a holiday, Lydia and the rest of the town are delighted. But Lily couldn’t care less, especially about the extremely arrogant and condescending Dorian. Despite her best attempts, Lily finds herself spending a lot of time with the stars because her cousin, Juliet, is falling for Casey. When the Hollywood stars leave with barely a wave goodbye, Lily knows she was right about them. But while on a holiday in LA, Lily keeps running into Dorian. Could she have been wrong about him all along?
Angourie and Kate Rice really captured the essence of Jane Austen’s classic and have managed to take a well-known story and make it their own. All the characters you know and love are present, with a modern twist. Of course, nothing will compare to Jane Austen’s original, and if you’re a die-hard Pride and Prejudice fan, this might not be the book for you. And definitely don’t go into it expecting a word-for-word retelling. But if you’re looking for a fresh take on a beloved story, then this fun and ridiculous book is a hilarious, fast-paced read for ages 13+