While I knew that it was love the minute I saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it took me a month and much persuasion from the little person inside me to read this. Yes, it looked cute. Yes, it seemed funny. But it seemed very… chick-flick-y, and I wasn’t in in a chick-flick mood. Still. It wasn’t until I was halfway through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that I decided to open up Natasha Farrant’s The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet. It took me less than the first chapter to realize that I would not regret my decision.
I’m generally a sucker for books written in journal or letter format, and this didn’t change my mind. It was fresh, funny, and clever. Ms. Farrant approached Lydia and her story with the original novel in mind but stayed true to herself. Her voice shone through. She oh so kindly made not only Lydia but Wickham as well have, dare I say it, enduring qualities. Their interaction were both heartwarming and agonizing. Throughout the ups and downs, I found myself simultaneously rooting for them and cursing their names. They went from being two of the most disliked characters in Pride and Prejudice to being the stars of their very own story. They were humanized.
The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet has earned a place in my heart. I consumed it in one enjoyable sitting and would happily do so again. It was monstrous fun.
I rate it four out of five stars.