by Erin Butler
Release Date: 09/16/14
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When I began reading this, I was looking forward to reading a modern book with ties back to Jane Austen’s beloved book. And by in large, this is what I found. Thankfully, the book has no intimate scenes, and the profanity is fairly mild (but not necessary in a young adult novel). For the high school girl who wants a bit of a sappy romance with “Pride and Prejudice” references, this may very well be the book for you. The book comes across as authentic in its genre, and I believe the target age is around 14-17.
The strength of the book’s authenticity to its genre is actually what made this a bit of a difficult read for me at times. I struggled to connect with the female high schoolers in the book because I am far-removed and never was like that. Sometimes the way in which the story vacillates between the various points of view, but that is just a stylistic preference. For me, the book did not deliver as strongly as I wanted, but again, I am not a teenage girl.
In short, if you prefer young adult romances with ties to the classics, this is the book for you. It is an easy-to-read book, and possibly high school girls will connect with the characters.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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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