Author: Becky Bird
Pub. Date: September 30, 2019
A quick read, this sweet YA romance is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
When Mia Baker begins at an elite school on a scholarship, she’s instantly besotted with the hot but arrogant Finn Davis. But when she overhears him commenting on her attractiveness compared to her beautiful sister Jade, Mia takes an instant dislike to him.
When Finn’s best friend Charlie takes an interest in Jade and invites both sisters to his family’s lake house for the weekend, Mia and Finn are forced into close proximity. Despite their differences, their attraction to each other continues to grow.
But Finn’s not about to admit he might actually like Mia. She’s on a scholarship, and she’s failing English. Then there’s Grayson Wang, his mortal enemy, who Mia can’t seem to get enough of.
When Charlie starts dating Mia’s sister, Finn begins to doubt just how genuine Jade’s feelings are for him, so he warns his friend to cut Jade loose. When Mia finds out Finn is to blame for her sister’s heartbreak, it only continues to fuel her harsh judgments of him.
But, if there is to be a happily ever after, Mia must overcome her pride, and Finn, Mia’s socioeconomic status.
This will be a spoiler free review.
I stayed up until 4:30 AM reading this the other night – that wasn’t my intention. I’d intended to start it and then finish it during daylight hours…
I legitimately just couldn’t bring myself to stop reading. This is my second Becky Bird book, and just like with Slumber, I loved Flawed. You can check out my review for Slumber, here.
It’s pretty much your typical contemporary romance, a little predictable (in a good way) and full of moments that make you giddy and excited! There are even a few moments that may make your jaw drop and you might whisper yell, “what!” I like I did. I was able to just turn my every analytical mind off and just enjoy and as someone who reads all of the time, it’s so nice when I can just simply enjoy and book and its characters. I didn’t realize how much I needed this kind of read and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. I should’ve read it sooner, but I’m so thrilled I finally was able to.
I really liked how while this was an adaptation/retelling of Pride & Prejudice the main character Mia, is also reading the book for a class at school. It made for a really interesting dynamic, and I totally understand where Mia was coming from in the beginning about reading classics.
I was the same way – more so in college, but that’s being English Major for ya. I definitely understood her frustration. There have been classics that have taken me forever to read, and held no interest for me, apart from a good grade.
If you love Pride & Prejudice and Darcy and Elizabeth, you’re going to want to check out this adorable, quick contemporary romance. I don’t feel like you need to know the plot of P&P to enjoy this – but it does help, (as does any kind of background knowledge when it comes to adaptations/retellings). Though, Becky makes it pretty evident who these characters are supposed to be, and the traits they have. I’ve never read P&P and I honestly don’t know if I’ve seen either movie version in full, and my extent into P&P (besides knowing the basic plot) is the Austenland movie – which you should watch if you haven’t – and I didn’t have any trouble understanding what was going on in the book.
I cannot wait to see what Becky writes next and I’m super excited to read it when it’s out! Flawed is out now, so make sure you check it out!