The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning

37281873Title: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp

Author: Sarra Manning

Pub Date: September 2018

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A hilarious contemporary retelling of the classic society novel, Vanity Fair, featuring the irrepressible Becky Sharp

Beautiful, brilliant, ruthless – nothing can stop Becky Sharp.

Determined to leave her poverty-stricken roots behind her, Becky Sharp is going to take every opportunity offered to her to climb to the top. Whether it’s using her new BFF Amelia Sedley to step up into the rarified world of London’s upper classes, or seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, Becky Sharp is destined for great things – at any cost..

From London to Paris and beyond, the world is there for Becky’s taking – even though some people are determined to stop her along the way…

If you’re looking for a juicy chick-lit, this is it! The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp is such a fun read. It’s a retelling of Vanity Fair, but I’ve never read it, so I cannot judge how well the retelling is done. I can just judge the story by what it is.

Following the story of Becky Sharp and people around her is great entertainment. We’re starting in a Big Brother house and we’re ending the story in a place far away form it, not just geographically. All the characters go though quite a journey, but no one rises and falls like Becky does. It’s impossible to judge Becky on a white and black scale, even though at beginning I was trying to fight my fondness towards her because of how horrible her actions and motivations behind them seemed. But I couldn’t fight it, I just liked Becky and how confident and determined she is. I’d like to have a bit of her cunning abilities, her poise and boldness. I don’t think I’d like to meet someone like Becky or by any chance anger anyone like Becky, but I wouldn’t mind acquiring a bit of her qualities.

The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp is overall enjoyable read, but if after reading a few pages you detest Becky, don’t torture yourself in reading the whole book. It will get worse… But if you love gossip, rich people cunning among themselves, and rags to riches story with cast of unlikable characters, this is just for you!

3 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning

  1. Kate W says:

    Tempted by this although retellings are either fabulous or terrible! I loved Vanity Fair although years since I read it. I’ve read a few retellings in the past year – the Hogarth Shakespeare series and Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride & Prejudice retelling, Eligible (which I loved and sounds like this book is similar style).


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