Debating Darcy

by Sayantani Dasgupta are a witty Pride and Prejudice retelling set amid dueling high school debate teams and featuring two Desi romantic leads. At Longbourn High, Leela Bose is a talented debater with a good dose of Elizabeth Bennet’s high spirits and sense of humor. She meets Firoze Darcy, the handsome but snobbish forensics team president from rival private school Netherfield Academy, as she’s standing on a table in the school cafeteria belting out her favorite songs from Hamilton. After teasing Darcy playfully about his obvious wealth, Leela hears him scoff about her attractiveness in a way that readers familiar with the original Pride and Prejudice will immediately recognize. From then on, the two are rivals in debate and in romance, at least until Leela realizes that first impressions may be misleading. Dasgupta updates the original text in a lively, refreshing way, while still hewing closely to the spirit of Austen’s work. This is such a fun treat. (Young Adults)