Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
by Erin Butler
Release Date: 09/16/14
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
About the Author
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.
I really liked this book; and it has nothing to do with the fact that I love Jane Austen (ok maybe a little bit).
Really I just loved how Liza was using all the lessons from each book to help her find her perfect match but along the way began to realise that not all lessons about real life can be taken from a book. Everyone has to figure these things out for themselves; no two people are alike in any situation.
I have to say though, I absolutely hated Janie. To me she was the worst best friend in the world. I have no idea how anyone could think of her as a friend when she had such horrible thoughts about her friend. It made no sense to me.
I'll be honest again and say I didn't like Will from the beginning. He just didn't seem like someone I would get along with.
To be honest, at times Liza really wrecked my head with some unnecessary behaviour.
There was one part of the story that was left blank and I am rather curious about what happened.
Now, I know what you're thinking, "How could you like this book with all that negativity?". Well, the answer is that there are a lot of people like these in real life and you have to navigate similar situations that Liza did to find the person for you. (Though maybe not in quite the same way)
I really enjoyed the ending because I was hoping and praying for it from the beginning. I would really like to see this story from another perspective and maybe with a bit of a prequel. ;) Just saying.
Overall I liked the lessons learned in this story. I liked the idea of them coming in the form of Jane Austen novels but with a twist. And I like the idea that no one really knows what they're looking for until it's staring them right in the face and even then it may take a while.
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