A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.
When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla, the wildly successful—and single—entrepreneur. But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal—and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance.
I am so here for this retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I tend to love when my favorite classics are updated and retold, and this is no different.
Soniah Kamal set this version in Pakistan of 2000, when marriage was still considered the biggest deal of a woman’s life. Well. Every woman except for Alys Binat. She would much rather have her own career, and read, and dream about life outside of her shunned family.
Until she meets Valentine Darsee. He’s the best friend of her older sister’s love interest. He’s completely dismissive of her, of her family. And yet…the love is there.
I will say, this is pretty much an act-for-act retelling, so if those annoy you, you might not enjoy this book as much. But overall, it’s absolutely lovely and I adore the fact that it’s a diverse, own-voices read.
Overall lovely read, I give Unmarriageable 4 out of 5 proposals.