A modern trans-Pacific twist on Pride and Prejudice, from an authentic team of debut authors who know their material, and deliver it heartwarmingly and hilariously

Inspired by Pride and Prejudice this modern tale captures the spirit and energy of Austen's original satire of manners, while updating and developing it for contemporary audiences, coming of age in the 2020s.

The quiet coastal community of Pippi Beach is rocked when a party of young Hollywood movie stars and influencers arrives for the summer. Like most of the locals, mum Lydia is thrilled but her teenage daughter Lily finds the Hollywood types are superficial and arrogant – especially Dorian Khan, the most famous of them all. Lily’s opinion is confirmed by handsome backpacker Alex, who has quite the story about Dorian’s past. On a holiday to Los Angeles, Lily stays with family friend Wilson, an ambitious player who introduces her to powerful movie producer Stacy Black. Lily is in turns amused and appalled by the excesses of the movie business, and more than a little surprised when Dorian Khan seeks her out. Could they actually become friends? And what’s more, has she been what she hopes never to be ... stupid?


Angourie Rice is an actor with international feature film and television credits, including Mare of Easttown, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Black Mirror and Ladies in Black. Angourie also writes, produces and hosts a literary podcast, The Community Library.

Kate Rice is an AWGIE award-winning playwright with a PhD in ethical creative process and experience writing theatre with and for young people. Her work has been commissioned by Melbourne City of Literature, Curtin University, Deckchair Theatre, Barking Gecko Theatre, Darwin Theatre Company, Darwin High School and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts.


Stuck Up & Stupid is a light and easy read, perfect for a summer holiday or for a rainy day when dreaming of the beach.

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This book will hook readers aged between 12-15… A fun addition to the romantic comedy genre.

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Angourie and Kate Rice really captured the essence of Jane Austen’s classic and have managed to take a well-known story and make it their own. All the characters you know, and love are present, with a modern twist… if you’re looking for a fresh take on a beloved story, then this fun and ridiculous book is a hilarious, fast-paced read for ages 13+.


Light and fun.

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The depiction of the sun and surf lifestyle at the Aussie beach rings true, and adds authenticity to the setting… It is a light-hearted romantic romp and could easily be visualised as a film. It would make an easy summer read, and perhaps for the younger teen an entree to the complex world of Austen.

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Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children
Indie Book Awards - Young Adult
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