Title: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp
Author: Sarra Manning
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…
This is such a fun, humorous novel which is extremely relevant to today’s social-media, celebrity-obsessed world, but with an extra layer of bite – Becky is no silly airhead. She’s mean, conniving and completely harsh in her treatment of other people to get to where to wants to be… and I both hated and sort-of-loved-her for it!
This is one of those novels that are perfect for when you want something that’s easy to read but not too light and fluffy. The story joins Becky in her early adult life (she’s only early twenties though at times feels a lot older) as she’s just come out of the Big Brother House, of all places, and her sunsequent highs and lows…
I really enjoyed this modern twist on Vanity Fair (I didn’t realise this was based on that story until after I’d finished it) and thought that the author, Sarra Manning, did an excellent job of crafting Becky as a mostly-likeable bitch! I really liked her long-suffering friend Amelia, despite her timid personality and meekness, and thought the characters were really amusing to read about.
It’s a lot of fun and certainly kept me entertained as I raced through it!
Many thanks to HarperCollinsfor providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.