In Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard you meet Callie who is your typical girl-next-door. Shy and a little clumsy. When her best friend still lived in town, she had no problem being on the D-list, because she wasn’t alone. Now that her best friend has moved away, she would love nothing more than to be on the A-list. While on a school trip to London, Callie comes up with an idea to get her on that list. She needs a pair of Prada heels. Unfortunately, she doesn’t make it more than a few yards out of the store before she trips, hitting her head on the cobblestone road. When she comes to, she finds herself in the year 1815 where she meets super-nice Emily and the handsome and arrogant Duke of Harskbury, Alex. Callie struggles with all the parameters set up by high society while she tries to reinvent herself. Can she rescue Emily from an arranged marriage and fight her developing feelings for Alex while she does it?
I really enjoyed this book. Prada and Prejudice is a light-hearted read, while still focusing on what every teenager (and many adults, too) deal with on a regular basis. A desire to fit in and be accepted. I think Hubbard did a very good job showing how no matter where (or when) you are from, we all have rules to follow to be accepted onto the A-list. In high school you only date certain people, you only get involved in certain extra-curricular activities, and only sit in certain places. In high society you can only date certain people (no one below your class), you only associate with certain people, and you only do certain things.
I was not on the A-list in high school, but I don’t think I was on the D-list either. I remember wanting to fit in and be accepted, but was too shy to even approach the A-listers. But I don’t look back on high school with regret either. I enjoyed high school and was involved in things that were of more of an interest to me. I also think that I probably had it easier than the A-listers in a lot of ways, because I didn’t have to follow all their rules. I was free to talk to or date anyone I wanted. I could sit wherever I wanted. I didn’t have to be a cheerleader or play sports if I didn’t want to. I think that Hubbard did a very good job of showing us that we can still be ourselves, no matter what and that we will be liked for who we are. We are special and that’s the most important thing to remember.
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Format: ebook and paperback
Page Nos. 238
Release Date: June 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Hallie