A fun retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan.
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AUTHOR: Soniah Kamal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 384 pages (paperback edition)
FIRST PUBLISHED: 2019
Unmarriageable was one of my 5-star reads from 2020. Why? First, it checked a lot of my boxes. Jane Austen retelling – check. Fun & sometimes quirky characters – check. Heart-warming love story – check. A setting that will take me to another part of the world – check. It was all there.
Unmarriageable, dubbed “Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan,” tells the story of Alys, the second oldest of the five Binat sisters and the most practical (the books counterpart to Elizabeth Bennett). And, you’ll recognize all the other Austen characters in this book as they weave in and out of the story.
The story was familiar, but also completely unexpected at times. It didn’t delve far from the original story, but that’s something that I really loved about the book. I liked seeing just how universal Pride and Prejudice is. (No wonder it’s stood the test of time so well!)
Despite the book being a fun rom-com, there were definitely deeper parts that dug into some issues from modern-day Pakistan.
This book is perfect for readers who love Jane Austen retellings, who are looking for a contemporary book set in the Middle East, as well as anyone looking for a fun, light (and clean) romance.