Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"finding mr. darcy: high school edition" by erin butler

Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition

Release Date: 09/16/14

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Jane Austen reboots are a dime a dozen ... and I'm a sucker for all of them! Some are definitely better than others, and I feared Finding Mr. Darcy was headed for mediocre territory. Fortunately, this novel is a twist on Pride & Prejudice that I didn't see coming.

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition is not without its flaws, but it has such a fun, winning spirit about it that you end the novel with a smile on your face ... and you have trouble remembering what exactly you didn't like in the first place.

Never fear, though: I do remember one thing I took issue with. Most of the time, I give the author a lot of leeway when it comes to realism. But the instant the principal sent Liza and Will to New York City together—with Will driving and no adult supervision—in the middle of the school day and without parental permission, I wanted to chuck the book against the wall. (Or in this case, my Kindle ... which is why I refrained.) I work at a school. A high school principal would never do that. Talk about liability issues! If something like that happened at my school, heads would roll.

Aside from that one glaring annoyance, I did enjoy the novel. As I said before, it's a twist on Pride & Prejudice that I didn't expect. I think the author is actually quite clever here, as she assigns names to the characters that cause you to assume one thing (provided you know P & P), but you find, as Liza does, that you really can't put characters in a box. (In that way, Finding Mr. Darcy reminds me of the fabulous BBC miniseries Lost in Austen, which you can watch the first episode of free.)

Finding Mr. Darcy won't change the world, but it is an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon. Sometimes, that's all you need. 3 stars.

Content note: There are a few mild wear words sprinkled throughout the novel, and some makeout sessions get a little hot and heavy. If this were a movie, it would be a mild PG-13.

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Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.

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