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Prada and Prejudice

Prada and Prejudice

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by Mandy Hubbard

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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


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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Publishers Weekly
Readers don't need to be Jane Austen fans to appreciate Hubbard's debut, a time-bending tale with some Pride and Prejudice elements. Awkward, plain-Jane teenager Callie is on a school trip abroad when she spies a pair of “totally classic” Prada shoes in a shop window and buys them on impulse, hoping to impress more popular girls on the trip. Unfortunately, moments after trying the shoes on, she trips, falls and blacks out. The next thing Callie knows, she is in 19th-century England, where she is mistaken for a duke's childhood friend arriving for an extended visit. With nowhere else to go, Callie stays at the duke's castle, and during the next four weeks, she becomes good friends with the duke's cousin, develops a love/hate relationship with the duke and shocks nearly everyone in the castle with her feminist ideology and numerous faux pas (“You could have heard a pin drop when I asked if they had ketchup,” she says). Part comedy of manners, part romantic fantasy, this fast-reading, playful novel takes the idea of feeling out of place to a hilarious extreme. Ages 12–up. (June)
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Callie is clumsy, unpopular, and, to top it off, a geek. She is more comfortable spouting random mathematical or scientific facts than talking to the rest of the girls on the school trip to London. In order to find instant popularity, Callie spontaneously purchases a pair of red Prada pumps, but while wearing the pumps out of the store, Callie trips and hits her head—and wakes up in the year 1815. In order to have a roof over her head, Callie pretends to be Rebecca, an American friend of Miss Emily Thorton-Hawke. Callie then spends the next few weeks trying to help Emily break her engagement to a man she does not love while trying to figure out how not to fall helplessly in love with Emily's cousin Alex, the Duke of Harksbury. This fun novel not only pokes fun at social rankings (both modern and that of 1815) but also shows the power of being true to yourself and going after your heart's desire. This is a must read for any Austen fan, fashion fan, or chick lit fan in general. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–Fifteen-year-old Callie’s class trip to England is, like most things in her life, remarkably unremarkable. Ever since she was overheard making a derogatory remark about cheerleaders by one of the most popular girls in school, Callie has been permanently on the “D list.” To her misery and embarrassment, she has been ditched by her class-trip “buddy,” leaving her stranded at their London hotel. A scheme to join fellow classmates on a surreptitious trip to a hot club leads to her tripping spectacularly over her new Prada heels. Upon waking from her blackout, Callie discovers that she has been transported to Regency England and is now the long-lost American friend of Emily, a well-to-do teenager. True to her character, she makes a series of faux pas with the titled gentry, earning her the disapproval of a matriarch and a dashing 19-year-old duke. Although her adjustment to an 1815 lifestyle is rough, she begins to appreciate her friendship with Emily and her surprising budding romance with the duke. Callie’s perpetual awkwardness, chronic foot-in-mouth syndrome, spiritedness, and openness make her genuinely likable. Endearingly funny episodes involving a “Heart and Soul” pianoforte duet and a CPR rescue in front of an astonished crowd are contrasted with Callie’s determination to rescue Emily from an engagement to a suitor 30 years her senior. Although some aspects of the book and character traits are stock and predictable, this is a fun and charming read, sure to be popular with fans of humor and romance.–Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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8.24(w) x 5.54(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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Prada and Prejudice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
RachelHarrisWrites More than 1 year ago
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.
Asiancutie270 More than 1 year ago
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.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Desperate to gain acceptance from the popular girls, Callie buys a pair of Prada heels, but after two steps in the shoes, she trips and falls face first into the pavement. She comes to in regency England where she meets Emily and her handsome but moody cousin Alex, who mistake her for a family friend. Callie gets pulled into their family troubles, all while dealing with the biggest trial of all — how she is going to get home. This is a light, funny young adult romance. It's very clean and sweet, too. While it didn't blow me away, I really enjoyed reading it and would gladly recommend this book to teens of any age that like Jane Austen, romance, and humor. Content: Some taking of the Lord's name in vain. Clean otherwise.
T-Olson More than 1 year ago
very cute story and interesting twist 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
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.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
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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angel9121 More than 1 year ago
a friend gave me this book i didn't expect it to be a good book but it actually was a really nice story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down :D
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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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Ed Izzett More than 1 year ago
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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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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