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This Pride & Prejudice retelling brings New York Times bestselling Sayantani DasGupta’s trademark wit and insight to her bright and funny YA debut! It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leela Bose plays to win. A life-long speech competitor, Leela loves nothing more than crushing the competition, all while wearing a smile. But when she meets the incorrigible Firoze Dar This Pride & Prejudice retelling brings New York Times bestselling Sayantani DasGupta’s trademark wit and insight to her bright and funny YA debut! It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leela Bose plays to win. A life-long speech competitor, Leela loves nothing more than crushing the competition, all while wearing a smile. But when she meets the incorrigible Firoze Darcy, a debater from an elitist private school, Leela can’t stand him. Unfortunately, he’ll be competing in the state league, so their paths are set to collide. But why attempt to tolerate Firoze when Leela can one-up him? The situation is more complicated than Leela anticipated, though, and her participation in the tournament reveals that she might have tragically misjudged the debaters -- including Firoze Darcy -- and more than just her own winning streak is at stake…her heart is, too. Debating Darcy is bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta’s reinterpretation of beloved classic Pride and Prejudice -- imaginative, hilarious, thought-provoking, and truly reflective of the complex, diverse world of American high school culture.


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This Pride & Prejudice retelling brings New York Times bestselling Sayantani DasGupta’s trademark wit and insight to her bright and funny YA debut! It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leela Bose plays to win. A life-long speech competitor, Leela loves nothing more than crushing the competition, all while wearing a smile. But when she meets the incorrigible Firoze Dar This Pride & Prejudice retelling brings New York Times bestselling Sayantani DasGupta’s trademark wit and insight to her bright and funny YA debut! It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leela Bose plays to win. A life-long speech competitor, Leela loves nothing more than crushing the competition, all while wearing a smile. But when she meets the incorrigible Firoze Darcy, a debater from an elitist private school, Leela can’t stand him. Unfortunately, he’ll be competing in the state league, so their paths are set to collide. But why attempt to tolerate Firoze when Leela can one-up him? The situation is more complicated than Leela anticipated, though, and her participation in the tournament reveals that she might have tragically misjudged the debaters -- including Firoze Darcy -- and more than just her own winning streak is at stake…her heart is, too. Debating Darcy is bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta’s reinterpretation of beloved classic Pride and Prejudice -- imaginative, hilarious, thought-provoking, and truly reflective of the complex, diverse world of American high school culture.

30 review for Debating Darcy

  1. 5 out of 5

    ash | आश ♥ [superache enthusiast]

    *3.25 stars* huh. i enjoyed this tbh, might change to 4-stars if i go back and reread some parts lol. rtc! before reading: this is officially THE year for desi rep + academic-rivals-to-lovers

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    22.04.2021 a modern-day feminist retelling of pride and prejudice already sounds amazing but when you make it desi with a bengali-american rep, and when the author says this has 'plenty of banter, wit and sparks', it's all the more amazing. 22.04.2021 a modern-day feminist retelling of pride and prejudice already sounds amazing but when you make it desi with a bengali-american rep, and when the author says this has 'plenty of banter, wit and sparks', it's all the more amazing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Rivals to lovers??? BEST TROPE??? YES??!?!?!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you to Scholastic, Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review! When I first learned of its upcoming release last September, I lost my mind. A desi Pride & Prejudice retelling between speech and debate rivals featuring a Hindu-Bengali MC? I have never come across a YA romance featuring a Hindu-Bengali MC, and while reading the ARC back in October, all the details such as Leela’s dad reading the Bengali news on his phone (my dad literally reads Anandabazar ever Thank you to Scholastic, Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review! When I first learned of its upcoming release last September, I lost my mind. A desi Pride & Prejudice retelling between speech and debate rivals featuring a Hindu-Bengali MC? I have never come across a YA romance featuring a Hindu-Bengali MC, and while reading the ARC back in October, all the details such as Leela’s dad reading the Bengali news on his phone (my dad literally reads Anandabazar every day online 😭), Leela longing for bhat, daal, and mach while away from home, and the various dak naams throughout the novel, made me so giddy. I genuinely feel like my life was being portrayed on page! The nods to Pride & Prejudice in this novel were also amazing. I adored the connections between Debating Darcy’s characters and their P&P counterparts. I also loved how, in true Lizzie Bennet fashion, Leela is such a champion for young South Asian girls everywhere. I really admired the subplot of her and her friends uncovering the sexism and harassment among the high school debate circuit. The commentary on topics ranging from the failure to feature Indigenous voices in “Hamilton” to misogyny within South Asian communities was also thoughtfully handled. As someone who went to a high school with a student population primarily made up of POC, I really feel like this book encapsulated my American high school experience. AND THE ROMANCE! UGH, it was perfection. The witty banter that Leela and Firoze shot back and forth at each other during every single one of their interactions was everything. Firoze’s confession to Leela and the tension between them any time their arguments got a little too heated also destroyed me. I can’t get over how utterly obsessed Firoze was with Leela—the final scene made me squeal in excitement 😩. Follow me on TikTok | Instagram | Twitter for more book reviews & recommendations!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    All the stars, because this book is pure perfection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bon

    Oh my. I was excited to try this as another P&P retelling, and with desi characters, but...I was quickly physically wincing. I made it 10% before DNFing. Retelling is an art and a challenge to emulate the original without quote- and reference-dumping. Unfortunately this book did the latter, and messily. The dialogue was bad to begin with and clunky insertion of Pride and Prejudice quotes verbatim did not read like organic speech at all in the context of a modern American high school. The charact Oh my. I was excited to try this as another P&P retelling, and with desi characters, but...I was quickly physically wincing. I made it 10% before DNFing. Retelling is an art and a challenge to emulate the original without quote- and reference-dumping. Unfortunately this book did the latter, and messily. The dialogue was bad to begin with and clunky insertion of Pride and Prejudice quotes verbatim did not read like organic speech at all in the context of a modern American high school. The characters' maturity and inner dialogue and conversation, ok, everything really, read much more like middle grade than high school. Lower-level YA. The audio performance drives home the annoying, whiny and petulant ways of the characters I had met so far. I wish I had something better to say but I couldn't make myself go any further. I hope someone enjoys this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It took a while to warm up to this one. And then wow. *trigger warnings*

  8. 5 out of 5

    kate

    this is... painfully political. it felt a little bit like getting force-fed awkwardly placed propaganda lines by teenagers that, while they should 100% be considering these things, should not be talking like they are reading spiels off a teleprompter. otherwise, i am a Sucker for pride and prejudice ((i must admit. i'm a terrible person and haven't read the book, but pride and prejudice (2005) is one of the best movies ever made)) this retelling had a really interesting setting and a lot of potent this is... painfully political. it felt a little bit like getting force-fed awkwardly placed propaganda lines by teenagers that, while they should 100% be considering these things, should not be talking like they are reading spiels off a teleprompter. otherwise, i am a Sucker for pride and prejudice ((i must admit. i'm a terrible person and haven't read the book, but pride and prejudice (2005) is one of the best movies ever made)) this retelling had a really interesting setting and a lot of potential and pretty cute spots when it wasn't too political. i think my favorite part was having the confession scene in a car and darcy being so stressed he accidentally honked the horn.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Can you call a retelling original? Seems like an oxymoron but that’s how I feel about this P&P retelling. That it’s was refreshingly original. Loved the culture seeped in and that it’s written by an own voices author. Creative to make the different houses different schools and fun to follow along with a well known story in a knew way. I don’t want to give any more spoilers than that!

  10. 4 out of 5

    kashmala

    -lol no❤️ -bestie what was this 😀 -dont start with me with the names, and the rando pride and prejudice quotes. i will actually seethe -this has New Disney Channel ™ energy 📉 -She JUMPS on the table and sings Hamilton??? 💀 theatre kids need to be stopped. menaces to society -⭐️ for speech team representation (tho at times wildly inaccurate). It truly was a trauma bonding experience

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Meh.

  12. 5 out of 5

    aashvi

    PRIDE AND PREDUDICE RETELLING??? DESI REP??? WITTY BANTER??? THIS WILL BE AMAZING.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lopa

    This is hands down one of the better Pride and Prejudice retellings I've read. As a Bengali girl, I loved the representation but even beyond that, I liked that the book focused on a deeper story than just the love story between Darcy and Leela. It gave a voice to the girls that didn't have voices in the original Austen books on how they were treated by men. It also did a good job of showing the differences between class structure that we still have in our society today; something Jane Austen als This is hands down one of the better Pride and Prejudice retellings I've read. As a Bengali girl, I loved the representation but even beyond that, I liked that the book focused on a deeper story than just the love story between Darcy and Leela. It gave a voice to the girls that didn't have voices in the original Austen books on how they were treated by men. It also did a good job of showing the differences between class structure that we still have in our society today; something Jane Austen also showed in her books but most retellings seem to ignore. Leela wasn't very likable at the beginning of the book, but I appreciated the way she was written to grow and learn from her experiences. I also loved that the neither Leela nor Darcy's families were written to be stereotypical, extremely over-the-top strict parents but instead seem to fit more of current times. Some of the dialogue and story taken straight out of the source material felt a little odd and misplaced in our current times and is the only reason this isn't getting 5 stars. But this is still a wonderfully fun and entertaining read that I would highly recommend to those that love Jane Austen retellings.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Syd L

    Ugh I WANTED to love this one. I love an Austen retelling SO MUCH, and this just looked like so much fun, plus I got to hear from DasGupta at ALAN 2021, and it got me jazzed. I think that DasGupta did a good job of revealing our "Lizzy's" (Leela's) flaws early on. Many retellings like to make Elizabeth annoyingly perfect, but Leela is appropriately blind to her prejudices (and pride). There are also some good places where DasGupta has made her more skeptical, such as when she prods our Wickham ch Ugh I WANTED to love this one. I love an Austen retelling SO MUCH, and this just looked like so much fun, plus I got to hear from DasGupta at ALAN 2021, and it got me jazzed. I think that DasGupta did a good job of revealing our "Lizzy's" (Leela's) flaws early on. Many retellings like to make Elizabeth annoyingly perfect, but Leela is appropriately blind to her prejudices (and pride). There are also some good places where DasGupta has made her more skeptical, such as when she prods our Wickham character more early on in his story for his Islamophobia and classism. I also appreciated that our Charlotte character was not overlooked! She had a great plot in this one! And our Lydia (Lidia) had more power! Yay for that! However, I was most bothered by the incongruous use of Austenian language. I think it can be done well, but in this case, it often made me cringe-- it just didn't quite match with how the characters spoke at other times. There were also some plot points that I found a bit hard to believe. This was clever and fun, but an imperfect adaptation. NOTE: Received my ARC in my ALAN 2021 box!

  15. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    rep: bengali-american MC, m/m side romance debating darcy captured the essence and spirit of the original tale of pride and prejudice. leela has always participated in speech competition while firoze darcy debated. although they come from different backgrounds and are competing in different categories, their paths crossed. from the start, leela didn’t have a great impression of darcy. he’s aloof, cold, and unfeeling. of course, with time, leela finds that that isn’t true. within the duo, the suns rep: bengali-american MC, m/m side romance debating darcy captured the essence and spirit of the original tale of pride and prejudice. leela has always participated in speech competition while firoze darcy debated. although they come from different backgrounds and are competing in different categories, their paths crossed. from the start, leela didn’t have a great impression of darcy. he’s aloof, cold, and unfeeling. of course, with time, leela finds that that isn’t true. within the duo, the sunshine personality belonged to leela who always take things in stride. despite that, though, she has moments when she totally believed one person’s perspective which i didn’t get. the person was just super suspicious from the get go, and everyone around her had such dubious reaction towards that person. i don’t know why she didn’t question that further. the setting is pretty interesting since it surrounds debate/speech competitions. and the author has incorporated elements of sexism and harassment within the community, especially for women in the debate contests, and discussions of racism by the characters. overall, i liked how this retelling kept the foundation of the pride and prejudice couple and included its own uniqueness as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amber Loyacano

    A P&P retelling with southern Asian American youth taking center stage. Dasgupta uses the competitive nature of high school forensics to weave the classic tail into a modern, very feminist context. Even the character we usually detest (Lydia and Mr. Collins) are given a fair and positive representation which I really enjoyed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kaylie McCorkle

    some parts were very cringy. the hamilton reference on the first page wasn’t a favorite of mine but the ending was adorable so it gets 3 stars. probably won’t read again

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie (kt-recs)

    I'm just a simple woman with simple tastes. I see a P&P retelling, I smash that TBR button. I'm just a simple woman with simple tastes. I see a P&P retelling, I smash that TBR button.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mjspice

    Why does the guy on the cover remind me of Fawad Khan?? Why does the guy on the cover remind me of Fawad Khan??

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Manuscript read - loved this so much! Will definitely be my rep pick for the season.

  21. 5 out of 5

    sophie nicole

    4.5/5 “If I’d felt less, I might have said more," SAYANTANI!!! GIRL!!!!! 😭😭😭😭!!!!!!! NOT ONLY DID YOU MAKE AN ADORABLE YA ACADEMIC RIVALS TO LOVERS HIGHSCHOOL ROMANCE WITH MCS MY AGE, BUT GAVE THE CUTEST FUCKING RETELLING OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICED😭😭 this book was literally so cute and now i'm sitting here sobbing in my airplane to california living a loveless life 😪 i loved this so much! this was by far the BEST academic rivals to lovers i've ever read and it was ACTUALLY rivals (unlike ttt). like n 4.5/5 “If I’d felt less, I might have said more," SAYANTANI!!! GIRL!!!!! 😭😭😭😭!!!!!!! NOT ONLY DID YOU MAKE AN ADORABLE YA ACADEMIC RIVALS TO LOVERS HIGHSCHOOL ROMANCE WITH MCS MY AGE, BUT GAVE THE CUTEST FUCKING RETELLING OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICED😭😭 this book was literally so cute and now i'm sitting here sobbing in my airplane to california living a loveless life 😪 i loved this so much! this was by far the BEST academic rivals to lovers i've ever read and it was ACTUALLY rivals (unlike ttt). like not that kind of fake hate, actual rivalry and competition. which i absolutely adored. something i immediately want to talk about after finishing this book is honestly all of the topics this brought up. like seriously. miss sayantani dasgupta literally ate and left no crumbs.... she hit literally all the targets. some of the topics that were addressed but are not limited to (phrase stolen from zoey) racism, xenophobia, colorism, sexism, feminism, sexual assault, classism, south asian prejudice, and homophobia. the representation in this book was absolutely insane. badass desi mc, mostly bipoc main/side characters, lgbtq+ rep with the main characters and within the storyline, and although i just listed a TON of important topics that were brought up, the main topics were sexism, homophobia, and sexual assault. it was so so good and i learned a lot about this book that i as a person of color didn't even know. there was also a lot about south asian communities which i thought was awesome. the character development was SOOOOO there. and thank god it was because some of these teenagers were getting on my last nerve. this book was literally centered around 16 year olds, and honestly the author did a great job of depicting what 16 year old's actually do. sometimes authors describe 16 year olds as drinking alcohol and partying (cough cough tsip jenny han) and truth be told that ain't what i'm doing as a 16 year old😭 but it wasn't boring at all. it was totally realistic while also having that god amazing unrealistic romance that i'll probably never experience 🙄 i also LOVED the writing in this book. it's literally so beautiful. i would DEFINITELY recommend for my YA fans.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth (tinybookfort)

    CWs: depictions of sexism, sexual harassment/assault, racism, colorism, and homophobia (approached critically and appropriately for YA readers) Many thanks to Scholastic Inc. and the author for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ok, Debating Darcy is one of my Top 2 books of 2022 thus far, which is to say I LOVED IT. While it’s an incredibly faithful retelling of Pride & Prejudice, it’s enjoyable in its own right because the characters have spark and wit, soft sides and sharp edges all t CWs: depictions of sexism, sexual harassment/assault, racism, colorism, and homophobia (approached critically and appropriately for YA readers) Many thanks to Scholastic Inc. and the author for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ok, Debating Darcy is one of my Top 2 books of 2022 thus far, which is to say I LOVED IT. While it’s an incredibly faithful retelling of Pride & Prejudice, it’s enjoyable in its own right because the characters have spark and wit, soft sides and sharp edges all their own. I’m not sure how DasGupta did it because it’s the perfect balance of Austen-inspired and originality. Leela Bose and Firoze Darcy are teenaged, Bengali-American forensicators, and that’s where their similarities end (or so they think). Representing rival speech and debate teams from public and private schools respectively, Leela and Darcy are flint and steel, always finding something to argue about. Their banter is to die for and this book has the most entertaining dialogue I’ve read in a long time. It’s *fireworks*. I appreciate DasGupta’s obvious respect for teens and their intellectual abilities. Her young characters are fully realized, with all their many-layered strengths and foibles. Never does she talk down to her reader, and I can only imagine how thrilled I would have been as a teen to read this positive take on teenagedom and all its possibilities. There are quite a few sensitive topics regularly mentioned or discussed, and I think this is one of Debating Darcy‘s strengths. Teens are already experiencing//thinking//talking about sex//gender//race//ethnic heritage//etc and all of the associated -isms. To present these topics in a thoughtful, supportive way, through an intersectional lens, is powerful and I applaud DasGupta for her sensitivity and skill. I’ve already pre-ordered a hardback copy of Debating Darcy and strongly encourage you to do the same or, at least, add it to your tbr! I only have one request for the author: a retelling of Sense & Sensibility next?! Please?? 😂💜

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kassy Nicholson

    This was the perfect Pride & Prejudice retelling! I loved how the author took the P&P characters and made them modern and diverse, while staying true to the spirit of the original. Naming all the different schools after the places in P&P (Netherfield, Pemberly, etc.) was clever. And the way she updated the plot! *chef's kiss* This is basically the exact same story as P&P: Lizzie/Leela and Darcy meet and instantly make assumptions about each other based on their, well, pride and prejudices. Misund This was the perfect Pride & Prejudice retelling! I loved how the author took the P&P characters and made them modern and diverse, while staying true to the spirit of the original. Naming all the different schools after the places in P&P (Netherfield, Pemberly, etc.) was clever. And the way she updated the plot! *chef's kiss* This is basically the exact same story as P&P: Lizzie/Leela and Darcy meet and instantly make assumptions about each other based on their, well, pride and prejudices. Misunderstandings and hijinks ensue. Setting this book in the world of competitive speech and debate allowed the author to introduce a lot of modern social issues that would be out of place at a ball (and who goes to balls these days, anyhow?). The avid Austen fan will recognize many direct or tweaked quotes from the original, but it rarely feels forced. The main thing that impressed me is that this story has a very high likelihood that the reader will hate either Leela/Lizzie or Darcy (or both) for their stubbornness. But the author wrote both characters so well, that even when you were frustrated with them, you still found yourself liking them and rooting for them. I need that in a story, and a lot of time, I don't get it in Austen retellings. My only real quibble with the book is that I felt Bingeley's disappearing act wasn't sufficiently explained. But since that's a minor subplot, it doesn't detract too much from the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolyne | Jane Austen Bookstagrammer

    Debating Darcy by Sayantani Dasgupta is an entertaining and thought-provoking feminist retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in the world of high school forensics competitions (speech and debate). The forensics setting is a great fit for Leela and Darcy's fun and antagonistic relationship. Their debates about immigration, school choice, and musicals are smart and thought-provoking. The Bennet family is also playfully reimagined as Leela’s team: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are its bumbling co Debating Darcy by Sayantani Dasgupta is an entertaining and thought-provoking feminist retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in the world of high school forensics competitions (speech and debate). The forensics setting is a great fit for Leela and Darcy's fun and antagonistic relationship. Their debates about immigration, school choice, and musicals are smart and thought-provoking. The Bennet family is also playfully reimagined as Leela’s team: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are its bumbling coaches, Mary is an introverted emo/goth teammate, and vice-president Colin is perfectly pompous yet surprisingly kind. However, I particularly enjoyed the very satisfying and ultimately empowering feminist twist on Lidia’s storyline with Jishnu (Wickham) and how it speaks to both the lack of agency for Regency women and our remaining 21st century prejudices. Jane Austen and YA fans will want to add Debating Darcy to their tbr. Thank you to Scholastic for providing me with a copy of Debating Darcy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    After reading a lot of nonfiction of late, I wanted to add a light and easy fiction read. Unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me. I love retelling of classics, but this one really fell flat. The writing was not fantastic and it felt very contrived. The direct Pride and Prejudice quotes in the very modern setting felt awkward. I did like the author's aim in making the main characters more culturally diverse. However, the characters were so bland and didn't shine a candle to the origina After reading a lot of nonfiction of late, I wanted to add a light and easy fiction read. Unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me. I love retelling of classics, but this one really fell flat. The writing was not fantastic and it felt very contrived. The direct Pride and Prejudice quotes in the very modern setting felt awkward. I did like the author's aim in making the main characters more culturally diverse. However, the characters were so bland and didn't shine a candle to the originals. Leela is nothing like Elizabeth Bennet and wouldn't be placed as a retelling if the story wasn't obviously a retelling attempt. Despite the boring personalities, I may have still been able to classify it into entertaining fluff, but the author made it so political and ended up taking some liberties that wasn't in line with the classic at all. I really wanted to love this so it was a bummer the actual execution of this book didn't work at all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary (bookstorevibe)

    3.75✨ i went into this with zero expectations and was surprised by how much i enjoyed this?? really liked the characters and it was just so fun!! loved the banter and how well it dealt with serious themes i haven’t read pride & prejudice but i know the characters and most of the plot from memes and movie clips so i feel confident in saying that this was quite close to the source material. it was definitely fun to have so many references but i feel like (especially in the end) it ended up forcing t 3.75✨ i went into this with zero expectations and was surprised by how much i enjoyed this?? really liked the characters and it was just so fun!! loved the banter and how well it dealt with serious themes i haven’t read pride & prejudice but i know the characters and most of the plot from memes and movie clips so i feel confident in saying that this was quite close to the source material. it was definitely fun to have so many references but i feel like (especially in the end) it ended up forcing the plot to do things and the characters to say things that didn’t fit into the story quite that well. i loved the very unique and original take on the story and kinda wish the author had let herself stray a bit further from the source material at times still definitely recommend it!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dayla

    I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! This was a very quick adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE and I thought it was entertaining to see the story presented in such a unique setting. I found the quotes from P&P put into the book hilarious because it worked really well with the whole theme of elocution. Especially that last monologue from a certain character we all know has a big speech at the end that Elizabeth puts in her place. I enjoyed the discussion of sexism in debate competitions I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! This was a very quick adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE and I thought it was entertaining to see the story presented in such a unique setting. I found the quotes from P&P put into the book hilarious because it worked really well with the whole theme of elocution. Especially that last monologue from a certain character we all know has a big speech at the end that Elizabeth puts in her place. I enjoyed the discussion of sexism in debate competitions because I had no idea. I also found that since this theme was explored in this book, a certain situation played well into the message. The MC was spectacularly prideful, to the point where I was thinking, "Girl, again?" Is this a perfect read? No. Is it fun with some cute characters and some interesting commentary that teens might have (because teenagers are more vocal than some adults think they are--stop underestimating them)? Absolutely. Happy reading!

  28. 4 out of 5

    ♡Ellie

    Retellings are one of my fave topics to read in modern storytellings. Whether that’s YA, or Coming of Age Lit. There’s something about a comfort story, being told as if it was happening today. Debating Darcy did not disappoint. It brought me back to high school in the midst of Leela’s story. I was invested early, and with every page turn. a wonderful retelling of Pride and Prejudice, with a modern twist, the author absolutely made it her own! So much to love within this novel, lots of cute bante Retellings are one of my fave topics to read in modern storytellings. Whether that’s YA, or Coming of Age Lit. There’s something about a comfort story, being told as if it was happening today. Debating Darcy did not disappoint. It brought me back to high school in the midst of Leela’s story. I was invested early, and with every page turn. a wonderful retelling of Pride and Prejudice, with a modern twist, the author absolutely made it her own! So much to love within this novel, lots of cute banter, humor, and a journey of listening to your heart!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Library copy As a high school speech team member, I enjoyed this tremendously. Just not sure my middle school students are going to be as invested, since this adheres fairly closely to Pride and Prejudice. Also, I don't think any of our high schools even have speech teams anymore. Glad to see they still exist! (I was Prose and Poetry, but most of my friends were on debate, and carried around file boxes of clippings because there was no internet! Library copy As a high school speech team member, I enjoyed this tremendously. Just not sure my middle school students are going to be as invested, since this adheres fairly closely to Pride and Prejudice. Also, I don't think any of our high schools even have speech teams anymore. Glad to see they still exist! (I was Prose and Poetry, but most of my friends were on debate, and carried around file boxes of clippings because there was no internet!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    This is really a 1.5, not a 2. + Brings to light sexism and misogyny. - The writing. The writing is like whiplash from these weird old era conversations full of unfunny unquips to a normal modern conversation. So many of the long conversations were just cringey to read. Like what was the point of Colin and Catherine De Burgh speaking the way they do - it was pointless and so over the top and unrealistic. - Leela. I couldn't like her. She is one of the most unlikeable versions of Elizabeth Bennet This is really a 1.5, not a 2. + Brings to light sexism and misogyny. - The writing. The writing is like whiplash from these weird old era conversations full of unfunny unquips to a normal modern conversation. So many of the long conversations were just cringey to read. Like what was the point of Colin and Catherine De Burgh speaking the way they do - it was pointless and so over the top and unrealistic. - Leela. I couldn't like her. She is one of the most unlikeable versions of Elizabeth Bennet and I've read quite a few retellings. - All the characters are so flat.

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