Coming-of-age Story, Fiction, Young Adult


Rating: 4 out of 5.


It is a truth universally acknowledged that every bookworm secretly wishes to be Lizzie Bennet.

A less acknowledged truth is that Mary Bennet might be a better fit.

For seventeen-year-old Marnie Barnes, who’s convinced she is the long-suffering protagonist of her life, this revelation comes at the end of a series of self-induced disasters that force her to confront a devastating truth: Marnie has more in common with Mary Bennet—the utterly forgettable middle sister—than the effervescent Lizzie.

Determined to reinvent herself, she enlists the help of her bubbly roommate and opens herself up to the world—leading lady style. And between new friends, a very cute boy, and a rescue pup named Sir Pat, Marnie realizes that being the main character doesn’t mean rewriting your life entirely. It’s about finding the right cast of characters, the love interest of your dreams, and, most important, embracing your story, flaws and all.

My Take

This is such a cute story, with a heroine who is super relatable to all those bookworms out there. She awkward, introverted, stubborn, and would chose books over people any day of the week.

The author’s writing is witty and refreshing, and this is definitely my favorite reimagining of the Bennet family as a whole (PRIDE AND PREMEDITATION has my heart when it comes to reimagining Lizzy). I actually found myself laughing out loud a couple of times.

I’ll definitely be recommending this to my students, and I might even assign it for summer reading along with the original novel.

Being Mary Bennet comes out on March 15th, so go ahead and pre-order it!


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