Prada and Prejudice
About the Book
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.
I was disappointed in Prada and Prejudice, and only gave it two stars because I believe someone somewhere might enjoy it. But I did not.
Callie, the main character, is not relatable. I understand that she's a teenager and she doesn't have many friends, but she's shallow and selfish. She uses her mother's credit card - strictly for emergencies - to buy a large number of designer clothes and $400 Prada shoes so that she can fit in with the popular girls.
When she goes back in time, it gets even worse. She finds incriminating letters addressed to the Duke of Harksbury and immediately assumes the current Duke is the culprit. She argues that she should be introduced as a Lady because she's just as good as everybody else - not understanding that it's a title. And her brilliant plan to rescue her new friend from an unwanted marriage is to "ruin" her. She tries to destroy her friend's entire future because she thinks the scandal will be forgotten in a few years.
I enjoy time travel antics, but the time traveler should at least try to understand the time they're in - not defy everything on modern principle. Worse, there wasn't a single negative consequence for her actions.
Again, someone might enjoy this book. But I would not recommend it.