Book Type: Softcover
Publisher: Penguin Group
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date: June, 2009
To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up? More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.
Prada and Prejudice is a cute, sweet and funny read. Callie, the main character is a girl you can really identify with. Her “time travel” experience is so funny. The writing style is nice and the author’s 19th century descriptions of period are very well done, my favorite was the descriptions of the dance balls. I have two complaints about the story in general; there’s no explanation for Callie “time travel” experience and I use quotation marks because the reader never knows for sure if it was a time travel experience or a dream. That left me not disliking the ending but not loving it either.
This book can be used by teachers to show 19th century references in a fun concept. It could be baneful to drive dynamics about stereotypes, group cliques at certain ages and the ways each youngster battles for self searching.