Prada and Prejudice [NOOK Book]

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To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips?conks her head, and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily's family, Callie warms to them?particularly to Emily's cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex's heart, before her time in the past is up? More Cabot than...
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Overview

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips?conks her head, and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily's family, Callie warms to them?particularly to Emily's cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex's heart, before her time in the past is up? More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.








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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101133101
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 326,362
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 258 KB

Meet the Author

Mandy Hubbard grew up on a dairy farm outside Seattle, and didn't wear high heels until homecoming. A cowgirl at heart, she rides horses and fourwheelers. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.
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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    A Fun Historical Romance with a Smart and Funny Heroine

    I am a sucker for a good love story so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I loved Mandy Hubbard's PRADA AND PREJUDICE. But simply labeling this tale as a romance would be grossly underestimating it.
    My favorite love stories are the ones that are able to combine the romance with a deeper character arc, and not only does Mandy do this, but she is able to add in magic, dresses, balls, and a few not-to-subtle nods to one of my favorite novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice. To top it all off, she adds in her signature wit. The perfect recipe for a page-turning hit!

    There is much to love about this story. The friendship between Callie and Emily is fun and completely spot on. I am so glad Mandy took the time and allowed Callie and the reader to experience the girly stuff we all think of and idolize when it comes to this period in history. The beautiful dresses, the hairstyles, the balls, and the dancing. Emily is the perfect fashionista to guide Callie through these experiences and it adds dimension to their relationship. One of the best things about this friendship is that it endears the reader to Callie even more. By Callie loving Emily, constantly pointing out how adorable and sweet she is, and wanting to take care of her, it automatically makes us not only care Emily, but about Callie, too. We agree with her-Emily is as cute as a button-and by having Callie not become jealous, but instead protective over her, we as the reader like Callie even more. Finally, their friendship also serves as the perfect catalyst for Callie's emerging strength. My favorite line involving this subplot beautifully captures why this relationship was so essential to the plot:
    "Why is it that I can't defend myself to three pretty girls from my class but when it comes to Emily, I am as fierce as a lioness with cubs?"
    Callie'
    Callie's character arc is also extremely well done and completely believable. She starts out insecure and not fitting in, and by transporting her to a time when she REALLY doesn't, she is forced to grow. As in real life, there are growing pains. Things aren't perfect and as Callie says, "Even pretending to be someone else didn't fix it." But she keeps on trying because she has to, and eventually, through the confidence she gains from her relationships with Emily and Alex, she emerges stronger.

    Finally, Callie and Alex's relationship is pure entertainment. There is enough mystery to keep the reader guessing, despite us knowing there are obvious miscommunications happening all over the place. Their banter is hilarious and sexy, and their unraveling romance made me swoon. Their first kiss takes place in the middle of one of their classic fights and leaves both Callie and the reader shocked and wanting more. Their second kiss is short and sweet, and at first, I wished there had been more. But then I realized that this story wasn't really about that. Sure it was a romance-and you get plenty of that without the kissing scenes (in fact, the tension and build up for these scenes are pretty hot!)-but this story was more about character growth and I think that could have been lost if too much emphasis had been placed on the hooking up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

    One of the best books i've read

    I just finished reading this book and let me tell you, i will never forget this book. I just finished it and i already want to read it again. It has romance, and mystery. You'll want to know what happens page after page, and its really thrilling. The end ties everything together and your just left totally satisfied with the great book. I definitely recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    very cute story and interesting twist 

    very cute story and interesting twist 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    AWESOME a great read

    First when i saw the cover i thougt that i would hate it but i read it anyways and i loved the book i when crazy about it! It is a fantastic book and when i got to the ending i was disapointed it was over i thougt it should have been a series Mandy Habbard is a great auother

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Great young adult/teen version of P&P (in modern dress)

    This is a great addition to any library of the P&P reader who likes the sub-world that has grown to feed the P&P story line. I like to read the different ways that the story line of P&P is handled by the many different author and this book doesn't disappoint me in that regard. However, this book is aimed toward the young adult/teen audience and is a great way for the novice reader to began her/his journey into the world of Jane Austin.

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

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    There's something very light and fun about the idea of a modern-

    There's something very light and fun about the idea of a modern-day girl going back to the time of Austen. Perhaps it's the idea of meeting a handsome, charming man at a ball. What's the modern version of that? Meeting a cute guy at a club? It just doesn't have the same appeal.

    I really enjoyed this book, particularly the character Callie. She grows immensely over the course of the book, and that's what made her so likable. At the start, she's very insecure, which typically results in some act of severe clumsiness. Eventually, she gains some confidence, and is able to make some new friends along the way. I think that's what makes her such a great character. In my experience, most girls experience some sort of insecurities over the course of high school, but Callie is able to overcome that.

    While some parts may have been a bit predictable, I don't think it detracted from the reading experience. I knew what was going to happen, but I still couldn't wait to see how it would happen. I also liked how Callie brought some of her 21st century mannerisms into the 19th. Every time Callie accidentally used a slang word, I could imagine the other characters staring at her like she was mad. Callie also refused to let her new friend, Emily, be married off to a man she didn't love, no matter the cost. While I thought this was brave of both girls, I was actually worried about how that was going to end.

    This is definitely a good choice when you need a quick, entertaining read. I can't wait to see more from Hubbard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Worship it

    Great adventurous romantic exploration nothing could replce the plott of the 1800 s. Clothes and proper men with manners. Why i would to live to be in that time period.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    I adore Pride and Prejudice and was rather looking forward to th

    I adore Pride and Prejudice and was rather looking forward to this. And I enjoyed it - mostly.

    Prada and Prejudice takes the basic elements of the original P&P and condenses it into a much shorter book with just as much (if not more!) crammed in. I rather wish each part had been explored further, because it made the characters, which would have sparkled, fall a little bit flat. Alex fell for Callie just a bit too quickly; Emily was just a little too airheaded - it just didn't play out as well as it could have.

    And on the mention of Callie...

    I don't know. I couldn't connect to her until the very end, and even then, I lost that connection as soon as she was transported back to the 21st century. I didn't see her grow as a character at all - she was transported back in time after intending to show the girls she could fit in and kind of one-up them, and when she came back? The first thing she did was show the girls she could fit in and one-uped them. It made me sad.

    Also, Ms. Hubbard? Mandy? I love you, but the first time you're in a corset, you're not going to be wanting to eat dinner. The second time, you're not going to be able to dance for several hours. I loved the scenes, but... sorry. It irked me.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    a friend gave me this book i didn't expect it to be a good book

    a friend gave me this book i didn't expect it to be a good book but it actually was a really nice story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Best. Book. Ever.

    I couldn't put it down :D

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

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    Very Cute!!

    Callie is very lovable and I love how she tried to make her mark even in Regency England. But she learns a lot, not only about how things were way different in 1815 England, but how she can change and be more confident. When she gets back to present day, she stopped trying to make the popular girl like her, and just take her own path.
    If you like Austen, then you will love the romance and time period. Perfect for middle school to early high school girls.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Great Read!

    This is a great book for girls ages 12-15. Summary: Clumsy high schooler Callie goes on a school trip over summer break, where she soon finds she is lonely, her best friend having moved away. To fit in, she buys $400 Prada heels, and trips and goes back in time to 1815. She is mistaken by a sweet optimistic girl (Emily) as Emily's best friend, who she hasn't seen for years. She soon meets handsome Alex, Emily's cousin and the Duke of Harksbury, who she mistakens for arrogant and self-centered. This book is one of my favorites of all times. Callie's modern character in the strict and proper castle of Harksbury, trying to keep herself hidden as Emily's best friend was very funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2011

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    !!!!!MUST READ!!!!!

    This book is a must read! The book was a non-stop page turner, and so intriguing I want more! Laugh-out-loud moments with soft romantic ones as well. Hoping to read more from this author or maybe even a sequel to this one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2011

    worth begging for :)

    i was doing a book report project for school and then i read this book. I spent a week BEGGING my teaching to let me do this book instead. It didn't work :( but i still LOVE this book :)

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    <3LOVED IT!!!!!

    its soooooooooooooooooo amazing it had me laugh soooo hard!!! if ur hesitant about reading dont be cuzz its the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Prada & Prejudice

    I really enjoyed this story, throughout. I couldn't wait to read the ending because I wanted to know what was going to happen. BUT, I was really disappointed with the ending of this book, it was kind of confusing, and definitely didn't conclude the book in a good way. To be fair though, the beginning and middle of the book was really enjoyable and funny.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Cute and quick read...

    it's a nice modern twist to a great classic story. The characters are likeable. Overall the story is a fun read.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

    Callie is on a class trip to London and she's miserable. When she overhears a group of popular girls talking about how they plan to sneak into a club that night, Callie is determined to join them. But first she needs something to make her cool - Prada heels!

    Callie is a huge klutz and one step in those three-inch Prada heels sends her tumbling over - and waking up in 1815!

    There Callie gets mistaken for a long-lost friend of Emily. Callie soon gets mixed up in family scandal, engagements, and high society - and she can't seem to keep from butting heads with the arrogant (but very hot) duke Alex.

    This book was so much fun - I loved every minute of it! Callie is a fun modern girl and Regency England just isn't sure what to do with her. I loved the author's ideas of how a modern girl would react to the customs and society of 1815. Callie's adventures were creative but felt realistic. I mean really, what would a modern girl do about corsets and the lack of indoor plumbing?

    I really enjoyed the interaction between Callie and Alex. Mandy Hubbard gives a perfect nod to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and their relationship was loads of fun to read.

    The thing I loved the most was that the story jumped right in! I get annoyed when books tell you in the synopsis that something will happen, but it takes pages and pages to even get there. Callie lands herself in 1815 by the second chapter -which means most of the story has a historical setting and the action starts from the beginning. I love that!! (Thank you, Ms. Hubbard!)

    This was an enjoyable, delightful read that readers of romance or historical fiction will enjoy. I can't wait to read more from this fabulous new author!

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    The fantasy of every Austen-loving girl!

    For anyone who wants to read something that depicts the fantasies of any Austen-esque loving girl, this is it! The book only took me two days to get through, and it was honestly one of the best I've read. It was an amazing mixutre of sarcasm, romance, humor, and of course, killer corsets (literally, who could survive one of those?!?!). The only thing I didn't understand about this book was why it was classified as an adult novel. To me it seemed like a teen book. There wasn't anything that was inappropriate to a reader 13 years or older.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Isn't this every Regency romance fan's fantasy?

    I have a confession to make: I used to daydream about time traveling back to Regency England, where I could pretend I was a young miss and find myself a really hot duke who fights with himself about whether or not to compromise my innocence. Oh yeah, I read those romances.

    So how excited was I to find Prada and Prejudice, this great YA novel that does exactly that -- sends its heroine into the past, where she meets a duke and gets mixed up in mistaken identity, arranged marriages, and odd etiquette.

    I really enjoyed the book, especially the awkwardness of the time period and the differences poor Callie doesn't understand between now and then. I did, though, kind of wish she was a Regency Romance fan. This is probably only because that's how I would have written it. But since I didn't write it, I like what Mandy Hubbard did.

    I spent a lot of the novel wondering how she was going to end it, but I wasn't disappointed. It's a perfect ending for this story. Romance and Austen fans should definitely read this.

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