Cover Image: Accomplished

Accomplished

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Accomplished is a YA novel inspired by Pride & Prejudice, and a modern retelling of Georgiana Darcy’s story via boarding school rom-com. This was the hook that sucked me in. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to expectations. 

DNF at 12% when the third chapter ends with a complete nonsensical plot point that supposedly kicks off the post-scandal Georgie redemption project. I cannot believe this whole thing starts because of a deal/bet/blackmail set up with Wickham. Maybe I could see a very naive teenager agreeing to this deal (or buying into it as a reader), but what purpose does it serve Wickham? Does this scammy drug dealer really need this side project? Come on now. No. Pass. Won’t be reading more because there wasn’t a lot to keep me going before this ridiculous plot point. Not for me, and wouldn’t encourage my daughter to read it.
Was this review helpful?
This is a heartfelt and insightful book.  Georgie Darcy is the latest in a long line of Darcys to attend Pemberley Academy — including her brother Fitz, three years her senior, who was a star at the school.  Her sophomore year started off strong, but went awry when there was “The Incident” with her boyfriend, Wickham — he was forced to leave the school but, because of her family, Georgie was allowed to remain.  

At the start of Georgie’s  junior year, it seems like everyone hates her — her brother, for being such a disappointment and forcing him to move back to the east coast for college to keep an eye on her; her fellow members of the marching band, for being the reason their star trumpet player, Wickham was expelled; and even her assigned roommate.  So Georgie comes up with a way to get back into her friends good graces and get her brother off her back.  But, like all things in her life, things don’t go exactly to plan — and along the way she must confront her family history, her own privilege, and her feelings for her best friend.  

This was a sweet and funny story.  The author offered a great new spin on Pride & Prejudice — applying the best parts of that story to a contemporary boarding school novel, and making something fresh and highly engaging.  

Highly recommended!
Was this review helpful?
Oh my goodness! Georgie Darcy cannot catch a break. This poor girl was used and cast aside and then STILL pressured by Wickham, and all of this at her high school? Agh! Wickham was awful in the original, and I can tell you that the modern look isn’t any better!! This guy is truly a villain and it was such an intense story to watch Georgie grow and become the young woman who didn’t need him! 

And that’s really the theme here. She has a lot to live up to, but she grows in such a way that she isn’t so self focused, and gains some self awareness.

Next— Fitzwilliam and Lizzie!!! I loved seeing them through Georgie’s eyes, and in a modern setting. It was so sweet. 🥹 And I don’t know if I was ever a Bingley fangirl, but this version of him was totally swoon worthy. I would love to see more of him in another version of this. 🥰 

And lastly, Avery! 🥰 He was such a good addition. He teaches Georgie her worth and is such a kind friend, so when it naturally takes the turn to romance, it’s so perfect.
Was this review helpful?
Georgie Darcy ended last school year as the social outcast of Pemberley Academy and an epic Darcy failure because of her naivety and her privilege.

She put her trust into the charming Wickham Foster and he betrayed her by selling drugs out of her dormitory. This year, her brother Fitz Darcy is breathing down her neck while she’s trying to redeem herself to him, recover socially, and prove that she’s impressive without her brother or Wickham’s stamp of approval. Oh and Wickham is back and up to his old tricks.

While I enjoyed this read I have to say that I’ve never actually read Pride and Prejudice, so can I compare it to the inspiration, no. On it’s own Accomplished is a fun coming of age, where our 16-year-old MC spends a lot of time trying to fix her past while learning some hard lessons and seeing herself and her life through the eyes of the few she trusts.

At some times Georgie comes off as hard to relate to, but I think that’s on purpose. She’s realizing that her life is not the norm, and her being hard to relate to sort of reinforces that realization. I enjoyed her interactions with her brother and Lizzie most. The moments with Avery were great as well. The dichotomy between them as humans and their experiences were a great lesson to Georgie in the end.

Anyway. I think if you want a YA coming of age story, that’s set in an elite private school, then you will love Accomplished.
Was this review helpful?
My review for this book comes from a non-Jane Austen reader who is in her later twenties, so keep that in mind. That being said, I have read several YA books that I have enjoyed. Okay, now on to the review. Without being educated on anything from Pride & Prejudice, I did enjoy this novel a lot. Its a young take on a privileged young girl at a high-end private school, which I was very intrigued by. Now, my biggest issue lies within our FMC herself. I know she is young but she felt YOUNG. Like younger than she was and it was insanely frustrating at time. I am all for younger coming-of-age stories filled with growth but oofta. I did really like how the story wrapped up but at times it felt a little too drawn out for my own liking. However, I know plenty of readers who will enjoy this. 

Georgie Darcy has had a hard year. She's from the notorious Darcy family but half the time that isn't all it's cracked up to be, in fact, some people at her school hold it against her. Not to mention, the trouble she got in last year. But now, she is trying for a fresh start. She is willing to do anything to get back in the people's good graces while also trying not to stress out her older brother so much. But her peers aren't making it easy on her. It seems that everything she does is the wrong thing. At least her friend Avery seems to be on her side. She's torn between trying harder and just giving up. Can she really fix all these problems AND still get good grades? All her family's money sure won't help her here. 

Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for early access!
Was this review helpful?
Accomplished is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice—kind of. Lizzie and Darcy are side-characters (Lizzie more-so) since our main character is Georgiana (Georgie) Darcy. Georgie is 16 and Wickham, an old family friend, has set his sights on her—and her single dorm room so he can peddle pills out of it. The story starts after the aforementioned drug peddling and Georgie's reputation is in shambles. She concocts a plan to fix her reputation, get her friends back, and get her brother off her back (forcing him and a classmate to fall in love [Lizzie]). It was okay! Very, very standard YA. A decent amount of privilege-talk but I'm not sure any of the characters really learned anything? The story felt a lot younger than I expected, but there wasn't anything glaringly wrong with it.
Was this review helpful?
Author Amanda Quain embraces a contemporary background in order to reimagine Georgiana’s story. Told from Georgie’s point-of-view, readers gain a different view of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett, Charles Bingley (a frat boy) and Wickham. Their motives are all similar to source material, but told with a real behind-the-scenes point of view.

And, of course, the story’s main player is Georgie. And because there’s not a whole lot of background material on her, Quain gets to really make Georgie her own. In many ways, Quain sticks to the presumed — Georgie’s sheltered and naïve and much loved by her brother. She’s also a band geek — she loves playing the trombone — bright, but not exactly book smart, and defiant.

Georgie learns that she can’t depend on her brother to fix everything — she’s got to make up for her own mistakes.

Accomplished is a successful foray into Jane Austen’s world that can be read with or without reading the original. (Although knowing the story makes for some inside elements that just won’t be as fun without prior knowledge.)

Quain has created a unique narrative that remains true to the heart, wit and romance fans have come to know and love. While not my favorite retelling, Accomplished is still enjoyable and features a few “swoon worthy” moments.
Was this review helpful?
This was a creative retelling of Pride and Prejudice turned into a contemporary YA, so I couldn't wait to pick it up.

The story centers on Georgiana Darcy, who has made a true mess of her school year. There was an incident surrounding Wickham Foster, who Georgiana was involved with, that would have gotten anyone else expelled ffrom Pemberley Academy. But due to Georgiana's family name, she was still there even though the other students ostracized her. Georgiana was determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her big brother Fitz and her former friends. She will become the perfect Darcy by following a plan to rebuild her reputation with the marching band, forget about Wickham and all his lies, and distract her brother Fitz by getting him to fall in love with his classmate, Lizzie. Nothing ever goes as planned and Georgiana is having difficulty with following through with being the perfect Darcy. She has to get a handle on this before she loses it all permanently, including the one guy who truly understands her and cares about who she really is.

This was a fun YA read. Teenage angst and blowing things out of proportion is par for the course of growing up but there are some real reasons for it in Georgiana's case. Her rebellion just makes things more difficult for her. She struggles with her choices and tries to do what's right, but sometimes gets side-tracked. I think all teens deal with this to some extent - it's part of growing up and finding out who you are. I had some trouble really liking Georgiana though, but in the end I did.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published on July 26, 2022.
Was this review helpful?
I love an adaptation. Even more, I love that it’s only the essence of the original characters that are used, and not a play-by-play remake. Wickham is literally the worst, Darcy is stoic, Lizzie is delightful, and Georgie lacks confidence and has a lot of growing up to do. And it’s all set at a super prestigious private boarding school - genius. Avery is definitely one of the best OCs introduced into a P&P adaptation, too. Just a great story.
Was this review helpful?
This was such a neat idea, a YA spin on Pride and Prejudice. Rather than a retelling, it focuses on Georgie Darcy, Fitzwilliam Darcy's younger sister. In a contemporary boarding school setting, it picks up the year after The Incident with Wickham. All of the Lizzie and Darcy plot of the original book becomes a side plot while we focus on how Georgie fares.

Some of the set up required a large suspension of disbelief. I didn't understand why Georgie was blamed for The Incident or why Fitz felt the need to transfer schools, rather than having her transfer. That made it tough for me to get behind her quest for perfection, as it seemed rather unnecessary. Reading from her first person POV was difficult, as Georgie had such negative self-talk. 

However, I really enjoyed some of the jokes, especially those that played on Pride and Prejudice. And I loved the descriptions of Bingley and Avery. The second half of the book opened up and started being more interesting to me. 

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy. These opinions are my own. 

3.5 stars rounded up
Was this review helpful?
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. 
Georgiana Darcy has always been an underrated character in my opinion, given how little time she’s given to shine in her own right in the original. Subsequent reimaginings and sequels have done a good job giving her a bit more grit, but Accomplished allows her to take center stage, transplanting the action to a modern elite prep school. 
Amanda Quain depicts a modern Georgie as a flawed teenage girl, dealing with the aftermath of what she calls The Incident with Wickham. The darkness of P&P!Georgiana’s narrative is alluded to in the original, so it spins off from that, with Georgie reeling from being taken in (and steal being in the orbit of) Wickham and his drug dealing and control, and chafing at the large presence of her overprotective brother, Fitz and the judgment of her classmates. I really liked that she was allowed to be a bit messy and grapple with what she had gone through. She also imparts a lot of insight into what it’s like to be a “legacy” student in one of these prestigious schools, and how you have your family name to live up to (much like in the Regency era), so switching schools wasn’t an option, even if it meant she would save face. 
I really liked how her relationship with Fitz evolved over the course of the book. There’s a lot of tension between them at the start, but over the course of the book, Georgie comes to appreciate that Fitz wants what’s best for her and helps her put things into perspective. 
While the book does veer more toward the serious side (much more so than the marketing lets on), there are some cute elements too. It’s fun to see Georgie’s perspective of Darcy and Lizzie together and how she meddles to get them together. And while the book is largely about Georgie‘s journey toward healing on her own terms, she does also develop a romance with one of her classmates, Avery, who is the sweet antithesis of manipulative Wickham. 
I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Austen retellings and reimaginings.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for ARC, in exchange for an honest review* 

Splendid. 

Unlike many others, I never read Pride and Prejudice; it was on my list, but I never got around to reading the book. I am aware of some of the information, but not too much. However, I had always loved retellings, and after reading the summary of the book, I became curious about book. Not being familiar with  Pride and Prejudice  didn’t stop me from falling in love with the story.  Accomplished  made me want to go and read Pride and Prejudice and learn more about her brother Fitz and what had happened between him and Lizzie. I loved watching the character’s development, especially Georgie. Despite everything that happened to her, she didn’t give up, I know that she wanted to at the beginning, but she didn’t. Of all the characters from the book, Georgie was one of my favorites, and I found myself rooting for her; I wanted everything to turn out for her in the end. I was curious about the title,  Accomplished from the moment I came across the book, and when I started to read the book, the title fit perfectly.  

I loved the friendship that formed between her and Avery.  It seemed as if he was the only one that didn’t judge her entirely on what had happened with Wickham. Instead, he listened to her and even helped her play matchmaker for her brother.  Georgie needed a friend like Avery.  I believe that having Avery in her life that year helped her more than Avery might have realized.   The two had their moments throughout the book, but they were always there for each other in the end. Although I am curious about what happened to them once the book ended, I couldn’t help but be curious.  I loved the jokes and how the two of them teased one another without taking it personally.  It was impossible not to love them.

There is also Fitz, and I could go pages listing everything I loved about him.  There is a reason that I want to read Pride and Prejudice  and find out more information about him.  I loved the relationship that he had with Georgie.  I did feel that he was a bit overprotective and hard on Georgie, but I knew he did that because he loved her.  I had a feeling that he was afraid to lose her.  There are not many siblings out there that are close like Fitz and Georgie were.  I loved reading about their relationship.  I’m hoping that the two of them would stay that close for long after the book was over.   I loved so many things about Accomplished  making it hard for me to put the book down.  All the characters came to life for me and had me transported right into the story.  I wanted to see how it would end, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end.  

Accomplished  did have a slow beginning, but it didn’t take me long to get engaged in the story. A fantastic debut novel by Amanda Quain, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next.  I’m excited that I got a chance to read an early copy of the book.   Even if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice it’s a story you will fall in love with, a book that will stay with you long after turning the last page.
Was this review helpful?
This was cute in its way, but I'm not the target audience. Wickham's bullying of Georgie was too disturbing for me.  DNF.

Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Was this review helpful?
This was a cute modern Pride and Prejudice-adjacent retelling centered on Georgiana Darcy. Georgie attends Pemberley Academy, but has gotten herself into some trouble with, you guessed it, Wickham. She needs to find a way to redeem herself in the eyes of her brother and rebuild her reputation at school. I enjoyed this modern take from Georgie's perspective. It was fun to see the characters from a different angle and Quain did a great job of keeping them pretty true to their character profiles for the most part. A great summer read!
Was this review helpful?
Unfortunately had to DNF this one. I would LOVE to say that its just because it feels to juvenile for me as a 23 year old, but there is still PLENTY of YA fiction that interests me so it's clearly not just the genre. I sincerely hope this novel is able to be enjoyed by a 13 year old somewhere and this opens the world of Jane Austen up to them. Just wasn't the book for me.
Was this review helpful?
A modern telling of Pride and Prejudice with the new added twist of being told through Georgiana Darcy’s perspective? Whats not to love?

A fair amount for me if I’m being honest. I wanted to love this book so much more than I did. I will say that had I gone into this with the fresh eyes of an actual “Young Adult” who had not yet read Jane Austen’s work; I would probably have quite a different take on this. I also think if I was a younger adult than I am, the traits of Georgie might not be ticks in the negative column. 

Georgie is 16 going on 12 in this story; she comes off as whiny and immature in ways that I could forgive in a pre-teen and can’t tolerate in a “pre-adult”. The near constant “whoa is me” perspective and her way of making Fitz the bad guy feels false in a way I can’t move passed. Straying so far from the original work is bold but this book felt like a little bit of a letdown for me.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you so much for an advanced copy of this book! I'm a huge Pride and Prejudice fan, and I really liked this one!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Genre: YA Fiction
Pub Date: July 26, 2022

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, and I am always down to read a reimagining based on the characters I love. What I was most excited about with Accomplished, though, is that it focuses on an underdeveloped and underutilized character from the original - Georgiana Darcy. I thought Amanda Quinn captured Georgiana perfectly in this one, and I'm so glad her character is getting the attention she deserves! :)

This story is fun and interesting, and truly, it kept me engaged from start to finish. I loved Amanda's portrayal of Georgiana, Darcy, and all of Pemberley. It was everything I hoped it would be and more! The story had enough of the original and enough of the new to make it truly unique. 

I think any fan of YA fiction should pick up Accomplished!
Was this review helpful?
I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen fanfiction/retellings so when I heard Georgiana Darcy was getting her own YA novel I immediately had to read it! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity…⁣
⁣
Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy my experience with ACCOMPLISHED. Georgie is very precious, but her story is downright bleak. She’s been ostracized at her fancy high school over a debacle with a certain Wickham and is on the outs with her brother Fitz. In order to get Wickham to leave her alone, she makes a bet that she can regain her reputation and prove herself a fitting member of the Darcy line.⁣
⁣
Georgie has about five minutes of happiness across this novel including a sweet romance with a fellow band member, but that’s about it. She spends most of the novel doubting herself, making mistakes, and recovering from her toxic relationship. While I think this is a legit and reasonable storyline for Georgie considering the original novel, it’s just not that fun to read about nor do I feel like it breaks new ground!.
⁣
There’s an additional storyline about Georgie matchmaking for Fitz and Lizzie and I couldn’t help but feel like a book about that would be much more my speed. I think this novel will be enjoyable for a lot of people, but it was just not for me.
Was this review helpful?
Accomplished is a very cute and Lightning read that touches upon darker subjects like death and feeling like you are disappointing the ones you love, I actually loved  when they talked about Darcy’s and Georgie’s relationships because it had so many levels and I whine it resembles a lot of relationships I know and the need Georgie had to please her brother and make him proud of her is something all of us have experienced at least once. I also thought their father was a very interesting character because while in their memories he sounds like a good dad he is also a snob and there are a lot of comments about this, for me the most interesting thing in the book was the relationship between the characters. It was a fun read that gave a complexity to adorable characters.
Was this review helpful?
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you.

I a sucker for P&P references, spin offs, and retellings.

In Accomplished, Georgiana—George—is at Pemberly High while Fritz, Charlie, Jane, and Lizzy are at a nearby college. Instead of ballrooms, we peek into Frat parties. Instead of almost eloping with Wickham, George becomes his girlfriend and is harmed in a different way.

This was a satisfying read of an alternative P&P. George's angst came through with flying colors. Both Fitz and Charlie are true to the original characters but through different circumstances. I had so much fun seeing how George would handle the pressure.

This tale deviates from the original, but in a great way. It's also not necessary to ne familiar with Austen's book to enjoy Accomplished. I think teens and adults will love it! There are sexual references, but nothing on the page. I hope you enjoy it too!
Was this review helpful?