Book Title: A Date with Darcy
Series: (Bookish Boyfriends #1)
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
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Star Rating: – Pleasant teen novel
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I have to admit, as a lifelong reader I’ve had my share of bookish boyfriends. I’ve had cause to agree with the statement, “Boys are so much better in books”. You all know what I’m talking about, and we’ve all got our favorites. Mr. Darcy? Mr. Rochester? Name your poison. This book takes that very sentiment and runs with it. Here is the description:
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.
I will admit that this book is simply not written for me. I had hoped that the references to books and familiar heroes would carry me through this story but I am an older woman, and this book is very much for teens. I would even venture to say that it is primarily for younger teens, not college age readers. It was a pleasant and easy read, but I found it hard to generate any enthusiasm for the main character in particular. Merrilee is a girl who is obsessed with books, is quite boy crazy and as such she did not appeal to me. Merrilee is also astoundingly selfish. I found that hard to get past.
The book feels like an extended bookish meme come to life. The characters directly correspond to characters in Romeo & Juliet and Pride and Prejudice. Those similarities in characterization and plot can be heavy handed but are also somewhat superficial. It feels not so much like a re-telling as a direct translation into millennial terms.
I don’t think this is a badly written book. The author shows skill with pacing and delivery. She consistently held my interest and this book was never even close to becoming a DNF. In fact, I found myself anxiously waiting for bedtime when I could continue reading. I would like to see this author branch out and write something completely original and not tie herself to the confines of a plot and a reader that is expecting the same old story. I believe Ms. Schmidt will be good at something new.
Note: This book was originally reviewed under the working title of Bookish Boyfriends. That name has now changed and I have revised my review accordingly.
Song for this book: Hang with Me (acoustic) – Robyn