Initial Thoughts: When I was a teenager, my bookish crush was Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre. Though, when I got to university and studied Jane Eyre in depth, I was constantly reminded by just how shady Mr. Rochester truly is. I probably should have picked Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
In this contemporary YA, a teenager’s favorite literary heroes woo her in real life.
The first of two books in an intended paperback original series about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.
Merrilee Campbell is a bubbly teenager and voracious reader. Every once and a while she will find a new book boyfriend after devouring yet another romance novel. Merrilee believes that boys are better in books. Her friends, Eliza and Toby, have accepted this quirk about their long time friend. When Merrilee and her friend Eliza transfer from an all-girls school to the prestigious Hero High, Merrilee is finally ready to find romance. But will she be able to find a boyfriend just as captivating as the ones she reads about in books?
A Date With Darcy is a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice with quite a few twists. Merrilee is just as loveable as Elizabeth Bennett, and she has way more quirks, such as wearing socks that do not match, and getting easily swept away by romance. Although I have never been a bubbly Merrilee, I could definitely identity with her. As a fellow bookworm, I definitely had many crushes on characters from books or t.v. shows when I was a teen. My enthusiasm for Pride & Prejudice got to such a high intensity that my friend gave me a notebook for my birthday so that I could rant about classic novels instead of ranting about them out loud.
Out of all the retellings of Pride & Prejudice I have read, A Date with Darcy is by far my favorite. A Date with Darcy captures the humour of Pride & Prejudice without having to religiously stick to the storyline. I find it a little annoying when a retelling tries to incorporate elements of the original just so that it “seems” like a retelling. The best thing that any author can do with a retelling is to use it as a springboard. Whenever I read retellings, I find the strength of the retelling is in its differences from the original and not in the similarities. A Date with Darcy accomplishes the requirements of a retelling by having some similarities with the original, but it is very unique on its own. Each of the main characters in A Date with Darcy are fully formed and they have history with each other. Merrilee’s friendship with Eliza is given a lot of background history, as with her friendship with Toby. I felt as if I were a fly on the wall watching the lives of these characters in-progress instead of as if they just popped into existence for the purpose of the story.
I can’t wait to read the sequel in the Bookish Boyfriends series. I really hope that the author will stay in the same “universe,” and explore the relationships between the other characters, and maybe check in on Merrilee. Merilee is such a fun character and I hope I get to see more of her in the next book.
I would recommend A Date with Darcy to those who are looking for a light read. For me, it was a nice change of pace. I would also, of course, recommend this book to those who love Pride & Prejudice, or want to read Pride & Prejudice in the future.
I received an advanced copy of Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by: Tiffany Schmidt from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A Date with Darcy is available now.
About the Book
Title: A Date with Darcy Author: Tiffany Schmidt Series: Bookish Boyfriends (Book #1: A Date with Darcy, Book #2: TBA) Date Published: May 1, 2018 Received: Netgalley Recommended? Yes Genres & Subjects: fiction, young adult, contemporary, romance, retelling
Where to Buy…
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