Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I just recently finished the audio book for Tiffany Schmidt’s “A Date With Darcy” and I am here to share my thoughts with everyone.
Title: A Date With Darcy
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Merrilee Campbell loves books and she believes book boyfriends are better than any possible real boyfriends. However, when Merrilee, her sister, and her best-friend transfer to Hero High she begins to see the appeal of real boys. Merrilee finds herself pulled into a romance with Monroe Stratford, an overly enthusiastic theater student but soon learns that Monroe may not be what she wants. Plus, there’s Fielding the stiff and formal son of the headmaster who may be destined to be more than just a classmate.
Review: I will admit that this book was super cute however there were parts that I found more than a little annoying. Merrilee has all the markings of a classic bookish heroine but I found something surprisingly naive and slightly frustrating about her. She repeatedly reminds everyone how much she enjoys reading but she never seems to learn anything from the books she is reading. She falls into every classic romantic trap to ever be featured in literature which would be fine but it’s not. Merrilee is supposed to be a savvy reader and any savvy reader would be able to spot a Darcy or a Wickham a hundred miles away. Also, frustrating was the tone of the book. The novel felt very over the top with characters being forced into the literature role that each are playing. They talk like characters from classic lit however the book is supposed to based in reality. The meshing of modern teens with class lit characteristics didn’t quite feel as if they fit together and left parts of the book feeling disjointed. Plus, the novel felt unnecessarily long because of the unneeded Romeo and Juliet misdirection. The book is title “A Date with Darcy”. The reader know that this is a take off of “Pride and Prejudice” so why did the author spend almost a third of the novel building up a false “Romeo and Juliet” connection? The whole misdirection just made the book longer than it really needed to be. I’m sure the book has an audience however I am very unsure of who that audience will be however I am sure that I will most likely not be choosing to keep reading the series.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5