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Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice by [Farrant, Natasha]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HIP20BQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan like me, then you only need take one look at the title of this book and know that you just have to read it. I will take any excuse to delve back into one of my favourite books of all time.

As you may have already guessed, this is the untold story of Lydia, the youngest and at the time unruly of the Bennet sisters. These types of stories are really growing in popularity with me and it does not matter at all that it is not from the original author. Also it's clear that Natasha has kept to the original story as much as she could and really did feel like dipping back into the beloved story, but it was still fresh and unique to Natasha's writing style and it worked so well being told through Lydia's diary.

I must admit, with the way Lydia is portrayed in the original story, I did find her a bit annoying. She was often called silly and wild and compared to her sisters at the time, yes she was. This new story however with Lydia's perspective has got me looking at her very differently. What I came to quickly realise was that in fact Lydia was a girl ahead of her time. She wanted to have fun, she wanted to explore the world and not be confined by the constraints of being a woman in the 1800's and it is very safe to say that my opinion of her has greatly changed. It was a real treat to get to see Lydia's point of view and give her voice to what really happened in Brighton with Wickham.

Lydia turned out to be such an enjoyable and fun-filled read and completely got me out of a reading slump that I was in. I would love the other sister's untold stories now.
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It's my favourite book, Elizabeth my favourite heroine, and Lydia Bennett was and is, for me, always the flighty and immature sister whose irresponsibility brought Lizzie and Darcy together at last. But what is this? A tale behind the pages - with Lydia's untold story? What on earth could she possibly have to tell us?

Narrated as a diary, this begins and ends with tailpieces from P&P, then heading for the majority of its length to Brighton, where the scandalous doings of Lydia and the soldiers are uncovered and told by Farrant.

Except - what if they aren't so scandalous? I have to say that, for me, Lydia is always a "determined little flirt", her character is "set" from Austen's own writing, but I quite happily turned off my own prejudices and sat back to enjoy Farrant's take on the youngest Miss Bennett.

Lydia feels here like a teenage girl out of today's world, though in carefully written language that isn't QUITE Austen's but certainly doesn't stand out as being the words of today's young people (it will be much easier for readers to get to grips with than P&P can be).

Lydia herself knows how her family see her, and her story in Brighton develops nicely with Wickham of course present, but other new faces brought in, loves and friends, balls and gowns, and her character develops far beyond anything an Austen fan would ever have supposed possible.

I really enjoyed Farrant's direction, and how it all tied up in the end with what we know of the original (very cleverly tied together as well). Even Wickham comes off well, which I never dreamed possible!

One for fans of P&P, but may also help Austen-phobes get a feel for the period (sea bathing scenes are fascinating!
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This book was tricky for me, I admired how the author created Lydia, or rather gave her more of a voice and kept the essence of the original story. I liked that Wickham wasn't romanticised and wasn't redeemed, I still don't like his character, and I liked the way the author filled in Lydia's time in Brighton and brought it to life. It was authentic and intriguing and towards the end I really felt for Lydia. I mean....she and Wickham where kind of suited to each other in a strange way, he was there for her a lot, but I still couldn't bring myself to like him, or their romance all that much. Yes there was the odd cute moment, but at the same time...they where settling for each other because they had to, to make the best of things. Because of money.

When I read Pride and Prejudice, I dubbed Wickham "Dickham". That's how much I didn't like him, and nothing in this book makes him redeemable at all. He finds money and he goes after it, but I can admit that at times he was a good friend to Lydia, in his own self serving kind of way. I mean at the end I was like "aw this is cute...maybe he's not such a douche" but then the other shoe dropped and it was like ah Dickham. Still alive and well I see.

I also didn't much like Lydia when I read Pride and Prejudice, I thought she was selfish, among other things. Reading Lydia reminded me how childish she was, and how shallow. I loved the diary entries and I loved reading about the world Lydia inhabits. I understand and can relate to how she feels, I can see her logic and her reasoning but I still couldn't quite like her in this book. But then she'd have her moments and I'd start to like her but then she'd screw it all up by being selfish or shallow and she'd start to bug me all over again. That's what she does. She bugs me.
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