Pride and Prejudice and Passports: A Modern Retelling

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As you can tell from the title, this is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I am a massive Jane Austen fan, and Pride and Prejudice is my favourite Austen novel, so I approached Garrett's retelling with some trepidation. Which I was correct to do.

All of the plot elements are there (which were fun to identify) but jammed into a modern interpretation combining immigration issues, the race for the US presidency between Trump and Clinton and other 'hot topics'. The plot was driven by these issues and was (mostly) unbelievable. The number of coincidences required to make modern-day Elisa and Darcy meet up, hate each other, fall in love, experience blockers to their relationship, and finally get together (along with the sibling sub-plots) just didn't work for me. 

Not for me.
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I haven't read the original, Pride and Prejudice, because it intimidates me. LOL! So I opt to read modern retelling such as this. I enjoyed reading the story about Elisa and Darcy. It speaks about immigration, aliens, and politics. Although I had struggled on the writing style used, since it was told on a third-person's perspective, it was kind of confusing in the middle. First five chapters were easy to follow because each chapter focused on the main character, (example: the first chapter focuses on Elisa's story, while next chapter is Darcy's, they alternate) but in the middle, it was kinda hard to follow.
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5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! 
Oh what a pleasant surprise this was! Those of you that know me know that I love me some JAFF! I’ve been reading it for about 3 years and this one was really special to me because I’m from California and I could identify with everything going on. And I also love DC. The modernization of this story was brilliant. I loved it! 
It really worked for me the author set up the story with all the main characters of P&P. The angst and romance was wonderful and these two might be my favorites of JAFF.... If you haven’t had the chance to read this yet then let me just say that it’s worth the read. 
Happy Reading! ❤️

This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own!
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I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

This book felt like a retelling of Bridget Jone´s diary, but that is a Pride and Prejudice retelling so it makes a lot of sense. I loved the characters in this story, even I did not always agree with all of them on their actions I do feel that they were well written and full of personality.
This story follows Elisa and Darcy, who come from two different social backgrounds but they colide once Darcy spends a week on a cabin where Elisa´s family work.
The book is set up during US presidencial Elections where Trump is one of the candidates. He has an strong policy against inmigrants, which will be the main topic here. Darcy is a political advisor and his company is deciding where to send the support and which candidates to back up, and of course, Trump is between the options.
Elisa´s mother & father came into the US many many years ago on a tourist visa but they remained in the country and never left, so they are kind of ilegal and they may have problems staying in the country if Trum wins the election.
So, you may imagin where this starts from, they are on two opposite sides and they cannot reconcile their ideas. Darcy is super stubborn and full of pride, he knows he will never be with somebody like Elisa because that would not be a great image but he cant deny he feels something for her. Elisa hate him from the moment she met him because his super close and awefull with people and she has a huge pride for her roots and her family. 
Theres another paralel story between Elisa´s sister and Darcy´s friend which I think it did add more to the plot and I really liked how it all worked out.
The only reason why I didn´t give 5 stars was because I think the end was a little rushed and I would have liked to know what happen after the election with Elisa´s parents, but anyway I think it was a good retelling and I liked a lot the writting style of Corrie Garrett.
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I received a copy of this story from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I adore Jane Austen and I think she'd be flattered by all the retellings out there! I've read my fair share and while some are less-than-great, this one was FANTASTIC! I could not read it fast enough.

I think the casting and general plot were incredibly innovative and refreshing. The framework of the original story lends itself quite well to this idea. It takes a polarising, popular topic and gives voice to a side many people wouldn't consider. It forces the reader to think about the situation from circumstances that are likely not their own. And I think Corrie Garrett handles things appropriately in her narrative. Great job, striking that balance!

The characters are wonderful. Never once was I put off by a character's portrayal. It all fit with the story - this one and the original. Elisa is just as fiesty and independent and loyal as Elizabeth; Noa is just as sweet, kind, and caring as Jane; Letitia is just as stupid and immature as Lydia. I really appreciated the expansion of Georgiana's role. I felt like it added another element and a unique twist that helped this story stand on its own.

It was difficult to read at times because I knew the outcome of the election (it's set in 2016). I kept wanting to reach through the pages and shake them all because they seemed to have their heads in the sand. Also, on a separate note: I struggled with the age difference a little, too. While Darcy's age is never explicitly specified, he has the air of someone significantly older than Elisa. It seems a little weird, that's all.

All in all, this was such a good book!

I'd happily recommend this to anyone who:
- loves Jane Austen
- falls on Darcy/Ben/Caroline's side of the political spectrum
- should feel seen in today's climate
- needs another book to read
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I love Pride and Prejudice so when I saw this new version I knew I had to read it. I wasnt sure about this at first but I kept reading and couldnt put it down. The setting was a great modernization of the story. As with all things I'm sure there were some liberties taken but the facts remain unchanged in terms of DACA, immigration, and the path to citizenship.
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I really enjoyed this book! The modern retelling of a classic book from a Mexican American family in the Trump era was a story line I did not see coming! This is exactly why diverse authors and characters are so important in literature. Diverse stories are important, valuable, and need to be told frequently and widely. 

No matter your stance on the political issues of the day, this is an important read so that you can see a glimpse into the lives of others with vastly different experiences than your own. 

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for provided and eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Pride and Prejudice and Passports: A Modern Retelling by Corrie Garrett.  I love Jane Austin, and usually adore the retelling of her books, but not this one.  The writing was not bad, but I didn't like all the politics in this book. 

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.
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Fantastic book! Loved the Latino Lizzy! This book did a great job taking the original Pride and Prejudice and modernizing it according to our times. The author did a wonderful job pulling me into the story and the issues and fears the various characters had. She did an incredibly clever job of being true to the original using all modern elements. For instance, Darcy was still ridiculously wealthy and his sister still somewhat shy, but also a musician. In this story, she was a famous singer, having to deal with Wickam's evil in a modern way (drugs, human trafficking, etc). With the Latino element, there were also the issues of immigration and prejudice with that. There are a terrific and beautiful Jane character and a dear, kind Bingley. In this story, however, he is a politician. Falling in love with a woman who doesn't have full citizenship could be very tricky. Great book with even a faith element. Highly recommend.
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Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books ever so when I found Pride and Prejudice and Passports I had to read it. And I loved it very much. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

The story sucked me in from the very start. There are some changes of course but they make sense.
Our two lead characters are Darcy and Elisa. Her parents are immigrants from Mexico and they live in Spear Lake, California. They manage vacation cabins. And that is where they meet. Elisa has 2 sisters instead of 4, Noa and Letitia. Elisa is a personal trainer, while Darcy is in politics. They come from very different backgrounds but they find each other in the end.

The main points remain the same but the circumstances are obviously different. But that’s fine because this is a modern retelling. 

If you love the original book you must read this.

Thank you to Corrie Garrett and NetGalley for my copy. All opinions are my own.
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It had been a while since a book truly spoke to me. This one did. I'm a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice. This retelling's amazing. As a daughter of immigrants and of Hispanic decent myself, everything Elisa felt and lived hits close to home.

Elisa tries to be the perfect daughter while at the same time trying to build a life of her own. She's home for summer break helping her parents run their business when she meets Mr. Darcy. Like in Pride and Prejudice, they don't hit it off right away. It takes time for feelings to develop but when they do. Boy oh boy. Mr. William Darcy will be fighting for the role of my favorite Darcy with Matthew Macfadyen and they're neck and neck. 

I truly recommend this book to Jane Austen lovers, Pride and Prejudice believers and all DACA Dreamers!
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A modern retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice story. Elisa is from an immigrant family that has struggled through life while Darcy has inherited power and influence. Can they find common ground?
A very well-done retelling set in present political times and with appropriate social issues. I loved the characters; well at the beginning I really didn’t like either of them but that just means they were really well written!  I liked how they came together and how the story stayed true to the original while still making it relevant in the 21st century.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, I actively seek out retellings and I was excited to dive into this book.

While the characters are familiar and the general storyline stays true, this felt like slapping the name of a classic novel on a soapbox platform for politics.

Even when I agreed with opinions and views on many matters, it felt forced. The topic of immigration was shoved down my throat at every turn, the word 'Trump' was used throughout the book more than several prominent P&P characters.

I read through the authors notes at the end of the book stating that she wanted to share the story with arguments from both sides of this important issue, however that didn't ring true to me. Only one side was well represented, the other was either demeaned as irrational and hateful or needing to be changed. I also found it interesting that in the author's notes she mentioned the higher importance beyond the characters political beliefs to be their spiritual beliefs. However in the novel there are only two mentions to spirituality, once it is mentioned that a character attends church and another time it is mentioned that two characters are Christians. If this was actually an important topic for the author I would have expected it to take a larger role.

If this had been any other story with the politics thrown it I probably would have rated it down a star. As it stands I did not like Elisa as a character in this book and that is an issue for me as I love Elizabeth in just about every version I've ever read/watched.
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I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and will read every Austen retelling out there. This novel started out fun. However, politics quickly became the focus in this story rather than romance. I am not the person that likes to read about politics. Thus, it took the fun out of reading. I will recommend this for fans of Jane Austen.
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I very much enjoyed this modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. The author did a great job of bringing the concepts and events from the original into modern times. Also, I appreciate the fresh look on current political issues. I felt the book flowed well and I was eager to move into each new chapter despite knowing the original story so well. One area I feel it fell flat was the wrap up, it all happened rather quickly and with little explanation.
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Our beloved Jane Austen classic gets a retelling in Pride and Prejudice and Passports. The story is set in the 2016 election that led to Trump becoming US President. Elisa is a hispanic born in the United States. Her parents are undocumented and her older sister Noura is a dreamer. As the election looms near, they become more weary of the threat of their family being torn apart.

It did not come as a surprise when Noa's romance with Ben did not last over the summer. Ben is a politician. When he discovers that Noa is a dreamer, he believes that they are not a good match. Unbeknownst to Elisa, she also caught the admiration of Darcy. Darcy is Ben's closest friend. Elisa did not like him at all. Not only is he a Republican, he is also arrogant.

The thought of retelling a classic doesn't suit me well but Corrie Garret's version gave me an entertainment that I was not expecting. While the classic navigates on social interaction, Garret's retelling focuses more on a political issue with a few touches of human trafficking and drug addiction.

Mrs. Benitez does not resonate much the air of Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. Bennet is a social climber whose only aim is for her daughters to marry well. Her interactions with other people are quite humorous and also embarrassing to the girls. Mrs. Benitez, however, simply wants her family intact. There are very few pages dedicated to her that her character seems rather flatter than the classic. Garret's version of Darcy and Elisa are still brilliant. They are both smart, proud to a fault but are willing to change when circumstances  require them.  P&P lovers and non-lovers alike will enjoy this read.
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Currie Garrett has written a unique retelling of Pride and Predjudice without taking away from the original work. This is a new perspective with the current political climate. The characters are enjoyable and I enjoyed the writing.
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I surprisingly liked this retelling of Pride & Prejudice. It dealt with hot button issues of today and did so with a care that I appreciated. It kept the original spirit of Austen's work and it still could stand on its own. It was also  interesting to see how Elisa & Darcy tried to make it work while being completely different from each other especially their stance on immigration.

Overall, I would recommend this modern and realistic take on an Austen classic.
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Pride and Prejudice and Passports is a new take on the Jane Austen classic centered in today's political climate. Elisa is the daughter of "illegal" immigrants with 2 sisters: Letitia and Noa; Noa being a DACA recipient. Elisa is very opposed to the politics of Donald Trump due to his stance on immigration and can't see how anyone can support him or vote Republican. Enter Darcy: the head of a conservative PAC inherited from his father, deeply entrenched in the Republican Party, and a bit socially awkward. Life keeps forcing them together through mutual acquaintances such as a pop star sister, best friends dating, and a reckless younger sister. Can they see past their political differences to the person underneath? 

I really enjoyed this retelling of the story and the fresh take by the author. Darcy was lovably shy and awkward and Noa and Ben were absolutely adorable together. The only issue I had with the story has Elisa. I had trouble rooting for her because she was so judgmental that I found her unlikable. While that is a major theme in all Pride and Prejudice stories, it seemed over the top with Elisa. She harshly judged Darcy (and Collin) and never really met him in the middle on any issues. He moved heaven and earth to help her and explain his political views but she did not change her mind on anything it seemed. The chemistry between Darcy and Elisa was also lacking for me. I wanted more fire and spark, but it fell a bit flat. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it if you are interested in politics and love Jane Austen. While Elisa was unlikable, the story made up for that and made it a fun read.
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Trying to catch up on some @NetGalley reads, so I binge read this in one sitting!
I really enjoyed this book! It was a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a modern and unique twist. I think that talking about love across a political divide is a modern and realistic issue to have, and I really appreciated the point of view from someone who DACA and immigration legislation directly effects. A quick and fun read! 4/5⭐️’s
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