Arc provided by Touchstone Books (a Simon and Schuster Imprint) through Netgalley
I had a hard time with this book, and part of it was my fault.
After all, this is Lydia's book. And Lydia is Lydia. Even in the aftermath of "Wickham's I wanna punch you in the nuts SOB" incident, she is still her same frustrating self piling mistakes after mistakes.
The thing is, this contemporary version of Lydia is also extremely adorb.
My biggest complaint about this story is that _for me_ it just felt as if it went on and on.
It's a very emotional, introspective tale of someone trying to pick up the pieces of herself, and trying to move on with her life. Basically, there is a lot of angst _ understandable one_ and a very new adult feel to it.
Thing is, my tastes don't run alongside the new adult/angst kind of stories, therefore there were some moments _ especially during the first half of the story _ in which I got pretty tired with this.
However, I just couldn't force myself to leave Lydia's tale unread. Because I actually like the girl.
I like her for that big heart of hers, and basically for the fearless way she lives her life. Even if sometimes things don't end working as she would wish they would, at least she tries her best.
As for the secondary characters, I loved her cousin Mary and her cat, Kitty. ;)
In case you're still not certain, Kitty is the one on the left...
Lizzie and Jane also make small appearances. Darcy not so much. -_-
So, all in all, this actually ended up being better than I thought it would turn out to be... considering how it started.
Oh, and I have to mention that this is the first case in which I wished I had read the audio version: I think it must be really good to listen to "the adorbs" front and center.