I usually shy from writing negative reviews, but this was such a distasteful reading experience I had to warn others off. I am mostly annoyed with myself for becoming so besotted with the cover art that I dove in without checking online ratings and reader feedback first. Had I done so, I would have seen that the overwhelming consensus was one of disappointment and ridicule.
There was no charm or romance reminiscent of the beloved classic from which this book borrows its title and upon which it capitalizes. The characters, writing and plot are juvenile and clumsy. The protagonist is unredeemable as she is arrogant, pretentious, petty and spoiled. In no stretch of the imagination could this uneloquent and self-absorbed airhead be a business magnate taking over New York and gracing the cover of Forbes. Even her efforts to reform herself are shallow and premised on her ability to buy her way into good graces. The secondary characters are caricatures of the elite and serve no purpose other than to parade familiar names from Austen’s tome across the page.
The dialogue and narration are, in a nutshell, vapid and substance-less. If not for the ages of the characters, I would have thought this targeted for a YA audience (even then I still could not recommend it for its materialistic bent and insipid characterization).
This review is harsh, but it’s so rare I encounter a novel so poorly crafted and edited situated in prime retail in the bookstore on the recommendations table. The only kudos here are for the cover designer. Bravo.
What was you latest disappointing read? How many pages in before you decide to walk away from a book?