Author: Mandy Hubbard
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, Fantasy
First Line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a teen girl on a class trip to England should be having the time of her life."
Summary: Callie is tired of being a clumsy geek-girl. So during a school trip to London she buys her ticket to popularity: a pair of real Prada pumps. But then she wobbles on the cobblestones, trips in her too-high heels, and conks her head. When she comes to, it's the year 1815!
Luckily she meets kindhearted Emily, who mistakes Callie for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon ignite--of the nice and not-so-nice variety--between Callie and Alex, the handsome but totally arrogant Duke of Harksbury. Too bad Alex seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve...
Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she's more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time in the past is up?
(Source: Back of book)
Review: This wasn't too bad. It was very similar to other Austen spin-offs I've read, though there are few spin-offs that are about teens (well, teens who act like teens and aren't in the 1800's and...well, you get it). Still, it was a quick, cute read that was one of those enjoyable Chick-Lit books. I will say the character was a pretty big snob (and not in an acceptable Elizabeth Bennett way--no, no), especially for someone who was in all these AP classes and stuff--she was incredibly immature. Still, there were some unexpected plot turns and the characters, while not well-rounded, were cute. I might recommend it for a day at the beach, but don't go crazy looking for a copy. The ending wasn't super, but it was okay--kind of predictable.
Worst part: Callie was a conniving snob. And I hated that she called him "Alex" because it seemed too improper, even if she is from the modern day--it didn't work.
Best part: I liked the party descriptions. I wish there had been more.
Other Books by This Author: No others at the moment.