Book Review: “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet”

“The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet” by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Genre: Adult Fiction, Retelling, Contemporary

Source: Library

Summary from Goodeads:

Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera—from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.

Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like never before.


Sigh This book made me just as happy as I thought it would. The web series was hilarious and had a lot of heart and the book managed to capture that as well.

The story follows the web series perfectly as most of the diary entries are written the day before or the day after Lizzie posts a video. The book simply fills in what’s happening between videos. I guess I shouldn’t say simply filling in because there’s a lot of good, juicy details that we’re learning. Jane’s 48 hours of worry which set her relationship with Bing on a rocky path. Mr. Bennet passionately telling Lizzie to ignore her parents’ financial struggles and make important life decisions based on what’s best for her, not them. Caroline’s annoying behavior coming from the fact she that felt like a failure because she convinced Bing to go back to school only for him to quit again. Darcy’s letter to Lizzie was as wonderful as I imagined it being.

We’re also filled in on the things we already know from the series. Charlotte’s financial struggles, Lydia’s…craziness, Jane’s sweetness, Darcy’s awkwardness and Lizzie’s uncertainty. It was good to see these characters in a different light. By taking them away from the camera, they were allowed to behave more naturally. I felt like I got to know and love them better.

The bottom line? If you love the web series or you’re in the need of a fun book, this is a great pick.

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