Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer
Publisher: Viking Children's
Published: July 12th 2016
She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?
Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.
The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.
I won’t lie, I was kind of hoping this book was going to be more… Pride and Prejudice-y? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I did get the hints of it throughout, but it just never really stuck in with the plot. However, if you don’t get caught up on the fact that it’s supposed to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and you just read it for the book it is, then it’s definitely a good contemporary read. The romance is adorable, the main character is actually likable (thank god), and I loved the sister/family dynamic in it.
I do gotta admit, it was weird reading about a book set in Dallas because, for once in my reading life, I actually knew every place they were talking about. I get why people get so excited to have books set in their hometowns now, because you can actually picture it.
But, contrary to what pretty much anyone who even knows me slightly would think, the “Darcy” of this book wasn’t my favorite part. I know, shock and awe, but it was actually the “Elizabeth & Jane” relationship we got to see. I’m all for sisters being close, which is why I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series so much, and this book does it wonderfully. Of course, the characters and relationship was changed and they were the same age versus older and younger sibling, but I’ll take what I can get.
But can we just talk about our “Darcy” for a second, because I’m not a happy little camper here.
I’m expecting swoony worthy, 1995, Colin Firth Darcy, and honestly, we got a more awkward version of the 2005 one. I just… why.
I mean, pardon my language, but come the fuck on. I’m convinced there isn’t going to be a Darcy that matches up to Colin Firth’s, and I’m not okay with it. /rant
There isn’t a romance book that’s ever going to top the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth, and anyone who says differently can post up. I read Pride and Prejudice adaptions/retelling solely for that relationship to be shown again and again, and I just didn’t get that from this one.
So as a Pride and Prejudice retelling, it’s gotta be 2 pumpkin cats. But, as a contemporary novel itself, I’ll give it 3.5.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!