Review—The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

In this modern Pride and Prejudice spin, Eden Moore and Ash Gupta hate each other, until they don’t.

Eden Moore is a loner at her high school from the “wrong neighborhood,” and none too keen on being put into groups with her wealthy rival for Valedictorian and the Peyton Scholarship, Ash Gupta. To her, Ash is snobby and distant, and always has to get his way. Eden is brash and caustic, and gives Ash a piece of her mind every time she can.

But as they begin to work together on more projects, including a “Make it Modern” assignment for a proposal scene from Pride and Prejudice, their interest in—and understanding of—each other increases. So, coincidentally, does their attraction.

The two become more connected and involved, even as their scholastic rivalry continues. When forces within their individual lives and families threaten their connection, though, it becomes apparent to both them of that they’ll have to fight for more than just grades and a scholarship.

This retelling of Pride and Prejudice makes clear all of the social commentary that Jane Austen left for us to find between the lines. But that doesn’t make it a bad thing. Eden is brash and Ash is haughty, so they are a perfect modern representation of Darcy and Elizabeth.

I did like the book, though there were some narrative pieces I thought it could have easily done without (but honestly, that is nitpicking). Regardless, I couldn’t put it down, nor did I want to.

Fans of any of Austen’s original works would enjoy this, as would those who love “modern” takes on classics, or books that speak to issues present in today’s society.

Jacket Copy:

Together is somewhere they long to be.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore―the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college — and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . .When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream — one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

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