‘Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy’ by Tiffany Schmidt was hilariously adorable.
Published: 31st May 2018
Format: Paperback, 392 pages
Synopsis: 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.
This is gonna be a quick review, basically because it was just pure smiles. Its best suited for younger YA readers but even nearing the age of 25, I still really enjoyed it and can only imagine how hard I would’ve fallen for this book when I was 13. It’s actually hilarious! I cannot tell you how many times I physically laughed out loud whilst reading this book, I really have to commend Schmidt for her ability to make an adult laugh when her intentions were geared toward a group of people over a decade younger than me.
So the title and the cover of the book kinda give the plot away. However, despite knowing who Merri would end up with, I found the journey completely captivating. I enjoyed the parallels between the two classics (yes, two!) and I think the author did a really good job with matching the personalities to key characters, even down to the type of language and body movements.
I liked Merri for, mostly for her erratic thought processes and her witty comebacks but also because we get to see her build her inner strength and find her spine. However, the reason why I docked half a star is because of her naivety – this is probably the only bit of the ‘younger-ness’ of the book that I disliked but she over came it all so I guess I forgive her in the end. I loved Fielding (I loved Darcy too so no surprise there) but I wish Eliza was getting a sequel and not Rory (though I’ll read that for sure, fight me).
Overall, I loved it and will recommend to all teenage girls (I only know one…) because it’s informative: you know have to have read Romeo & Juliet or Pride & Prejudice to understand the plots. It’s also empowering to women and just hella good fun!
“When I stopped laughing and took him in as a whole, he was wearing the type of smile I’d wanted to see on him for so long. One that was open and warm and made it feel like the sunrise was tracing its was up my skin leaving a path of heat behind. ‘So that’s what your smile looks like.’ I said.”
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