Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel. I will tell you the story of how I knew myself to be plain and therefore devoid of the one virtue which it behooves every woman to have. What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center st...

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Title:Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice
Author:Katherine J. Chen
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B076Z12VYV
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice Reviews

  • Nancy
    Jun 01, 2018
    It is a bold, and perhaps dangerous, mission to "reimagine" a much beloved classic novel like PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Ms. Chen demonstrated courage in taking on this challenge, as well as skill in presenting her story. Make no mistake, rabid Austenites may be outraged. The characters...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Apr 02, 2018
    Warning, a semi-spoilers rant ahead. The latest cash-in on Jane Austen, I think, might have been an okay book if it had been set in Austen's period with original characters, instead of wrenching and distorting the plot, characters, and moral substrate of Pride and Prejudice out of a...
  • Barb
    May 25, 2018
    Full review closer to publication date, but here are a couple of quick comments. In the JAFF world there are many unwritten rules which most authors follow. This story basically breaks almost all of those rules. Chen chooses to demonstrate a few things which may have been hidden fr...
  • Sharlene
    Jan 04, 2019
    When I found this on the library's "new books" shelves, I was intrigued. Why would anyone write a novel with Mary Bennet as the main character? In Pride and Prejudice, she's the middle daughter, very preachy, very serious, very down in the mouth. She seems to be surrounded by a perpetu...
  • Tammy Buchli
    Mar 20, 2018
    This book surprised me. Throughout the first third, I was convinced it was a 2-star book. I caught a number of anachronisms and the descriptions (a slovenly Longbourne and a diminutive Mr. Collins) made me think more of the Keira Knightly film than the original novel. But something hap...
  • Kathleen Flynn
    Aug 03, 2018
    Sometimes the disparity between the opinions of professional reviewers and ordinary readers is huge, and that has certainly been the case here. Reviewers seem to love the liberties that Katherine J. Chen has taken with Austen?s characters; an unusual number of early readers are outra...
  • Jeanne
    Mar 21, 2019
    DNF 65% Interesting idea but sloppy execution. Slow and wobbly with the characters. While I like this Mary?s spirit and sarcasm (totally in character to me), she comes across as aimless. Something I never associated with Mary. The later half is a haphazardly thrown together romanc...
  • Shawn
    Apr 09, 2018
    Okay... So, here?s what we?re not going to do... we are not going to take THE most beloved characters of THE most beloved classic, and rewrite them to be completely and utterly devoid of the virtues and morals that made Pride & Prejudice the masterpiece that it is. You want...
  • Liz
    Jul 09, 2018
    I still count Pride and Prejudice as my favorite novel of all time. So, it?s always with some trepidation that I tackle any book that?s meant as a continuation or spin off or story told from a different viewpoint. There have been some that have worked well. Longbourn comes to min...
  • Emer
    Feb 04, 2019
    People need to stop screwing with Austen. Face it. NO ONE IS EVER GOING TO IMPROVE ON THE PERFECTION THAT IS PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ...
  • Judy Lesley
    May 17, 2018
    This is not a sympathetic Pride and Prejudice variation. Readers for these books usually fall roughly into three categories: (1) the readers who want a new slant but keeping the main characters intact, (2) the readers who want to go completely off the rails from the original story, or ...
  • Suzanne
    May 26, 2018
    As I worked my way through the first third to half of the book, I came to the realization that its biggest challenge is Mary Bennett. She is just not that likable. You do feel a little sorry for her, but at the same time, she is her own worst enemy. Honestly, she's irritating. What...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jul 19, 2018
    Die-hard Jane Austen fans, those especially smitten with Pride and Prejudice, may find themselves in a fit of rage or tears (...or both) if they pick up this retelling covering the events before, during, and after the timeline of the original story. Told by overlooked middle sister ...
  • Cora
    Apr 11, 2018
    This made me so, so angry. I thought it might be interesting to read a novel from the point of view of the overlooked, oblivious Mary, and looked forward to reading it, but the characters and surroundings are so twisted around as to be almost unrecognizable - if it had been an original...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Dec 06, 2018
    Mary B is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice (before and after the original story) from Mary Bennet's point of view. It is well written and unique... and probably will be hated by any serious "Austenites". Katherine Chen takes major characters and adds to their stories in ways that ...
  • Ino
    Aug 16, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Chen described the angst of being an ugly child among beautiful siblings perfectly. She also got how being siblings does not make you friends or guarantee that you will like each other . Relationships need something to work with even with family. I took...
  • Linda Zagon
    Jul 11, 2018
    Katherine J. Chen, Author of "Mary B" An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice, writes her novel on Mary Bennet the middle sister.  The author deals with "What if"about Mary  using a unique and fresh perspective. In the original "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin, there is very littl...
  • Tonya
    May 16, 2018
    This story is about exploring different endings than what was envisioned in Jane Austen?s beloved Pride and Prejudice. The middle sister, Mary, is perceived as plain and that is how she lives her life. Until one day, she decides to escape her boring life and start writing? The writ...
  • Jessica
    Jan 09, 2019
    Somewhere between a 2.9 and a 3.3? The writing and storytelling were great, but her handling of characters questionable. ...
  • Erin
    Jul 28, 2018
    Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review It is a truth that must be universally acknowledged that Jane Austen retellings don't always leave me satisfied. Earlier this summer I felt myself very giddy after reading about Kitty Bennett in What Kitty did Next...
  • Amy
    Jun 10, 2018
    An untold story of Pride & Prejudice? More like the most twisted untold (that no one wants to know) story of Pride & Prejudice. There's an appeal with a book like this, because first, that cover and title snagged my attention hook line and sinker. Mary suffers from the plai...
  • India
    Aug 02, 2018
    Like the author, I was (and still am) very sympathetic to Mary Bennet in the original novel. I always thought there was more to be explored with her, so I was thrilled try this book. However, while reading this book, my sympathy and curiosity about Mary evaporated. It's entirely po...
  • Kristin Davison
    Apr 13, 2018
    2.5 stars I would like to thank netgalley and Random House Publishing for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Just about any tragic thing that could happen to the Bennets did happen to them in this book. The plot became ridiculous and the only redeeming fe...
  • Talia
    Nov 17, 2018
    Ok, I know, I know. I hear you. But...I thought that the taunting and downright cruelty to Mary in part one was not so much a stretch. I loved the awful interaction or lack of thought of Mary by her sisters. It reminds me of stories where D is portrayed with more accuracy in regards to...
  • Juli
    Sep 18, 2018
    I have to admit that I never really wondered what happened to Mary Bennett after the closing lines of Pride & Prejudice. And I smiled and laughed at the subtle humor Jane Austen used in portraying Mary's opinions, her unattractiveness, and sullen behavior in social situations in co...
  • Tara
    Sep 30, 2018
    If you enjoy seeing beloved characters butchered beyond the point of recognition, then I highly recommend this book. Even Mary, whom I never felt any animosity towards, is rendered loathsome. It?s very difficult to read a book when you dislike the main character and almost every othe...
  • J. W. Garrett
    May 26, 2018
    ?Gloom, despair, and agony on me? Deep, dark depression, excessive misery?? GLOOM, DESPAIR AND AGONY ON ME From the TV show ?Hee-Haw? (1969 ? 1992) Buch Owens & Roy Clark Warning: To those who love P&P and Austen?s characters? this could be hazardous to you...
  • OLT
    Jun 26, 2018
    (If you are a Janeite like me, you may well feel that this well-written "untold" story of P&P should have remained untold.) Was it Orson Welles who said, "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story"? So author Katherine Chen wants a happy ...
  • Mary Dolan
    Aug 06, 2018
    THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN HEAVY SPOILERS AND A RANT. I was SO excited to read this one when I read an interview with the author online. If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan, I do not recommend this book as it will probably anger you, as it did me. I do not mean any offense to the a...
  • Amanda
    Jun 04, 2018
    Does the B stand for Bennett or B***h? I love Pride & Prejudice and enjoy reading the various spin-offs, sequels, and fanfics in Austen World. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. It's a depressing, ridiculous tale with characters who bear no resemblance to Jane Austen's...