Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Tour: Review: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition

Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
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.

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I received Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by YA Bound. Liza is obsessed with Jane Austin particularly Pride & Prejudice which she gets from her mom. She even has her mother’s copy of the complete Jane Austen works. With a new guy in school her best friend is determined that one of them will be the one. While her best friend is focused on the new guy Liza still has a thing for her ex-boyfriend Ryan who is off limits. When Liza is caught sneaking around with Ryan her friend Will (The new guy) claims he’s using her as a Friend with Benefits causing Liza to break it off.  

When Liza learns that her teachers have entered her into a contest to visit England and all things Jane Austin she’s thrilled to learn she’s won.  Only she won’t be going to her dream trip alone, Will the new guy is going too. While Liza is torn about her feelings for Ryan she heads off on her dream trip with Will not expecting anything to happen but things suddenly change. And when she makes new friends with a local guy what’s Liza to do. She’s gone from being the nerdy JA girl to having all the guys’ attention. Who will capture her heart and be her Mr. Darcy? After that’s always what she’s been looking for her Mr. Darcy just like the book.

I loved Liza right from the start we have a lot in common like we both lost our mom to car accidents, and love Jane Austin books. She’s one of those characters who’s innocent and na├»ve in the beginning but grows thoughout the book. I liked Janie even though the way tried to manipulate Will into liking Liza frustrated me a bit. Both the guys each have their own positives Ryan and Will but in the end I think she’ picked the right one and it worked out in the end.

I’m a huge fan of re-tellings of Jane Austin books and have read several of them over the years but this is my favorite so far. The author does a fantastic job taking the old concept and putting her own unique twists on a classic story. I think all of us girls are secretly searching for our own Mr. Darcy till the right guy who comes along even if he isn’t a perfect Mr. Darcy he’s right for us. I loved Liza her story was entertaining and a great coming of age story. This is my first book by the author but I’m curious to check out her other books. After reading the novel I feel the need to watch the Pride & Prejudice BBC version again. I may just have to find a copy it’s been ages. A must read for Jane Austin fans as well as people who haven’t read the JA books it may be a perfect bridge to the classics.
4 out of 5 stars

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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.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, this sounds really good!! Definitely going to check it out :-)