I've quoted Company magazine's view here from the book cover, but it's not one that I particularly share as I found this hard to get into at first.
A very bitter twist is that the main plot device features characters performing a charity version of Pride and Prejudice to raise funds for breast cancer and later Melissa herself becomes ill with the same disease, which she would have had no knowledge of when writing this book.
Back to the story. I thought it predictable, but then a "reworking" has to be to an extent. I felt that using the "play within the book" style, Melissa made it a little too obvious for us to work out who is meant to be who, and how they mirrored Austen's characters, though she does include others who don't have direct parallels and thereby avoids the story falling into parody. She uses a very light and witty tone, which generally makes for easy reading. Unfortunately I didn't really grow to connect with or care much about any of the characters. I was unable to truly get the measure of Jazz other than to understand she is very feisty, but much rougher around the edges than Lizzy Bennet. I was disappointed in Mo; some friend, hey?! And the prologue seemed completely pointless.
I think she presented an interesting take on the Lydia Bennet "scandal" for modern times (as Lydia's tale wouldn't raise an eyebrow today, would it?) and the discourse between Lizzy and Darcy was well replicated in a contemporary setting.
I loved the very cute and quirky cover with its 1960s style graphics and typeface, which reminded me of the old Bewitched show. A lukewarm read which got better about halfway through and being a huge Pride and Prejudice fan I was compelled to finish it. A quick, fun read that should interest, if not exactly delight, most Austen fans. I have The Waitress on my to read list and will look forward to that with anticipation.