What originally caught my attention about this book was the cover. It has such interesting cover art, don’t you agree. But also, it seems like it would be hilarious. Let’s begin, shall we?
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.
So I originally read this novel during the summer of 2016. And I was amused. This reminded me so much of Pride & Prejudice, but funnier.
This time around, I couldn’t help but think that the book was going to quote some of the most famous lines from P&P. But then there was a twist. There was always a twist to what I thought would happen.
The novel follows Megan, a hilarious character with a little naivete and a whole lot of sarcasm. She’s a little difficult to like at the very beginning, a little selfish, reminding me a little bit of Sam Kingston from Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. Actually, several characters call Megan out on her selfishness, which makes Megan think about her actions. But by the end of the novel, she grows a lot, not losing her sassiness even after the debutant business.
This novel is basically Pride & Prejudice but very modern. Megan is basically Elizabeth Bennet, Julia is a combination of all the other Bennet sisters, and Abby, their cousin, is basically Charlotte. I mean really. Julia goes through a whole scandal with an ex-boyfriend that caused many problems for their family.
And then there’s the Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Wickham of the classic novel in this rendition. There’s Andrew Gage and Hank Waterhouse, these guys are the Darcy and Wickham of P&P. And their rivalry is super obvious when they are in the same room.
I actually enjoyed reading about the whole debutante society in Texas. I get the feeling that it’s a lot more intense than it seems in the book. Between several dozen parties, school, soccer, and this whole debutante thing, how does this girl have time to have a relationship? Seriously, though. I mean I can barely handle being a full-time student and a part time employee. I don’t know how Megan handles it all.
Hank Woodhouse is a piece of work, to say the least. But it does give the classic tale of what happened in P&P a more modern, and risque, take. I actually love a lot of the characters from this story.
This was a fun read, I wasn’t sure if it was Young Adult or if it was adult, because it does have some very risque topics that aren’t often in many YA novels.
But I do hope you enjoy this novel and have a fun time with this modern take on a classic.
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