Sunday, January 3, 2016

That Girl, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story by James Ramos

That Girl, Darcy:
A Pride and Prejudice Story

by James Ramos

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @thejamesramos

Just released: October 22, 2015
Publisher: Future House Publishing
Genre: Jane Austen, Romance, YA
Paperback: 282 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that a typical summer day in Phoenix, Arizona, can be lumped into one of two categories: hot or flame-broiled. today it was only hot, and so I had spent most of it skating around town with some friends and my cousin Jake. My neighbor Lucas had come along to "document our exploits," as he called it, which really just meant he'd be filming everything with his old camcorder.

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that geeky guys never get to date the pretty girls with permanent scowls.

To Elliott Bennett, life is simple. It’s all parties, skateboarding, and arguing over who would win in a fight between Hulk and Superman with his friends. It’s his senior year, and he wants nothing more than to soak up his final year of freedom before real life begins.

That is, until Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move in to the only mansion in the neighborhood. When Elliot meets Darcy at a party, he finds out that she isn’t into skateboarding (which he lives for), she hates science-fiction (which he loves), and she thinks his friends are a pack of morons (which, honestly, might be half true)—and yet, there’s something irritatingly intriguing about her.

When Elliot’s cousin Jake starts to date her friend Bridget, it complicates Elliot’s plans to ignore the scowling Darcy for the rest of the year. Why is Darcy so . . . ugh? Elliott doesn’t know, but for some reason, is determined to find out—even if she doesn’t know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.

Zombie sighting:
"SAY THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BEAKS OUT RIGHT NOW. Which fictional character would you be to fight them off?"
- chapter 3

My two-bits:

Super cute geeky YA retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The gender twist of Elliott as Elizabeth and Darcy as Mr. Darcy worked well in this story. The dialogue between the two were amusing and inkeeping with the P&P essence.

And, the rest of the characters were casted just as well with shades of who they represented from P&P. The personality descriptions and interactions were spot on.

LOVED the references to current pop culture favorites, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly as well as quotes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

I also liked the view into the skater world with the scenes of Elliott and his friends hanging out and skating.


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  1. Ah, this does sound fun. I've got it on the list for an eventual read.


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