Based on the Emmy Award-winning “genius” (The Guardian) web series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, this is a new novel starring Lizzie’s spunky sister Lydia as she navigates the joys and pitfalls of becoming an adult in the digital age.
Before her older sister, Lizzie, started her wildly popular vlog, Lydia was just a normal twenty-year-old plotting the many ways she could get away with skipping her community college classes and finding the perfect fake ID. She may not have had much direction, but she loved her family and had plenty of fun. Then Lizzie’s vlog turned the Bennet sisters into Internet sensations, and Lydia basked in the attention as people watched, debated, tweeted, tumblr’d, and blogged about her life. But not all attention is good…
After her ex-boyfriend, George Wickham took advantage of Lydia’s newfound web-fame, betrayed her trust, and destroyed her online reputation, she’s no longer a naïve, carefree girl. Now, Lydia must work to win back her family’s trust and respect and find her place in a far more judgmental world. (synopsis from Goodreads)
Overall Impression: A great continuation of Lydia’s story after the events of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. You end up loving her even more after you’re done.
Recommend for: Anyone who has watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and loved Lydia.
Lydia’s back and ready to get back to her life after the events that occurred very publicly on her sister’s video blog. In this continuation, Lydia has to do a lot of soul searching, and as many know, this isn’t the easiest thing for someone to do. We read as Lydia has revelations about not just herself, but about the world. Both the good and the bad.
Lydia has to learn to forgive herself for what happened while simultaneously learning how to avoid that situation again. She also has to struggle with becoming comfortable in her own skin. How can she combine the fun, party girl that she used to be with this new, adult Lydia who wants to use her insightful nature to become a therapist.
As she deals with the issues of growing up while also mending after a horrible experience, we can relate to her doubts about the path she has chosen for herself. This happens a lot in college. It’s why so many people change majors while in school. And having moments of doubt can be pretty crippling. I’ve been through a couple of them myself. So when Lydia begins to doubt her plans, I’m totally with her, and it was impossible for me not to root for her.
I loved watching Lydia find herself as the book went on. I know that this sounds a little cliche, but it’s true. She learns to stick up for herself when people try to bring her down. And when it seems that she might give up, she picks herself back up and fights on. Be it dealing with a guy who tries to take advantage of her to getting the courage to the apply to the college of her dreams, Lydia becomes someone who takes the unfortunate things that has happened to her and uses them to become stronger. She doesn’t let what happened ruin her like it could have. While it gets a little rocky at times, she pulls through and ends up being someone that could teach people a thing or two about bouncing back, and not letting the bad times stop you.
All of this happens while still keeping Lydia’s voice very much intact. She still sounds like the old Lydia. Just a little more mature and insightful. Lydia, by the end of the book, is very well on her way to the path of recovery, and it warms the heart to read it. She’s brave, smart (smarter than she sometimes gives herself credit for), and loving. Essentially, Lydia is an awesome person that I would love to know in real life, and I believe that this book does a great job of solidifying Lydia in our hearts.