Book Review: Lydia by Natasha Farrant

By Jenny Cole - 13:48:00

When I was younger I used to read books everyday, some over and over again because I loved them so much. However. as I got older this habit disappeared and got to the point where I would only read books if I had to for school. I wanted to change this massively after I realised how much I used to love it (and after discovering bookstagram, book galore in other words).

While on a little trip to Waterstones in my town centre, this little book caught my eye. Mostly because of the very vibrant cover. Now, I have to admit that I have never read Pride and Prejudice BUT it's on my to-read list I promise! Lydia is based on the character of Lydia Bennett from said book but you don't have to have that much background knowledge of its original contender to understand this one.

As my first read of 2017 I can say that this book is very thoroughly enjoyable to read. Lydia is a breath of fresh air when it comes to similar books. Despite being VERY flawed. I personally really love Lydia as a character due to how passionate and vivid she is.

I really enjoy it when books use a POV style of writing through their characters, which Farrant did really well. As much as I enjoyed it, I did feel like something was missing but i don't know what? Perhaps I'll come back to this once I've read Pride and Prejudice in hopes that the missing aspect will no longer be there.

On the plus side the book has provided me with one of my new favourite quotes:

'when you want something you must fight for it. Nobody else will do it for you'
- Mrs Bennett. 

I give the book: 3.5/5 stars

"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 fasionable 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."

                                                                      -Lydia by Natasha Farrant.

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