I Can't Wait for... Being Mary Bennet by JC Peterson (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #yalit #yabooks #austen #retelling @JenC_P @harperteen

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In case you're not already aware, I'm a bit of an Austen fan. I've read all her works and tend to read and watch Pride and Prejudice at least once or twice or several times a year. I also definitely lean towards books that are twists on hers or reference hers or are in any way related. Yep. I'm one of those. This book takes the less-than-usual twist by not being about Lizzie, but instead being a twist off of one of her sisters, Mary. I think a lot of us want to be Lizzie, but can very much relate to the bookworm and wallflower that is Mary. Obviously, it's a book that has peaked my interest and I'm very much looking forward to. I hope it's the start to a whole series of Austen-based YA books. It's my pick this week...

Being Mary Bennet
By JC Peterson
YA Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
March 15, 2022 by HarperTeen


It is a truth universally acknowledged that every bookworm secretly wishes to be Lizzy Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.

A less acknowledged truth is that Mary Bennet might be a better fit.

For Marnie Barnes, realizing she’s a Mary Bennet is devastating. But she’s determined to reinvent herself, so she enlists the help of her bubbly roommate and opens up to the world.

And between new friends, a very cute boy, and a rescue pup named Sir Pat, Marnie finds herself on a path to becoming a new person entirely. But she’s no Lizzy, or even Mary—instead, she’s someone even better: just plain Marnie.

With a hilariously sharp voice, a sweet and fulfilling romance that features a meet-cute in an animal shelter, and a big family that revels in causing big problems, this charming comedy of errors about a girl who resolves to become the main character of her own story (at any and all costs), is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Becky Albertalli…and Jane Austen, of course.

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Will you be reading this one?

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