Saturday, February 13, 2016

That Girl Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Story by James Ramos {Review}

That Girl Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Story
by James Ramos
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published October 19th 2015 by Future House Publishing
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.
My Review: 3.5 Stars

That Girl Darcy is an interesting twist on a beloved classic. Elliot is the Elizabeth of our story and the gender roles are reversed for each character. Because of that, many of the names are different, and I tried to find similarities. Personalities and possibly the first letters of the names are similar, but this story is told from a male perspective in modern-day Arizona, which is kind of a breath of fresh air. 

High school drama abounds, relationships are tested and formed, as well as broken, and loyalties are tried. Elliot is an interesting guy, with a mother who is very vivacious and almost smothering and a father who is very laid back, almost to the point of disinterest. He works in a bookstore and is trying to push through his senior year, despite challenges with girls and friends. He's a pretty likable guy and it's hard not to root for him and all of his geekiness. I love how into Star Wars and Star Trek (and the like) he is. Darcy is new to school, staying with friends, and she's very unapproachable. A brooding guy works but a brooding girl is kind of a turn off. She comes across as very grumpy and snobby. 

Just as with the classic, I love the way things gain momentum towards the end and wrap up in a pleasing way. This is an entertaining re-telling and I enjoyed it.
Content: some language; mild violence (non-graphic fight scene); mild kissing and mild-moderate innuendo. Technically clean, but some crude/crass moments (think HS boys).
*I received a copy through ebooks for review in exchange for an honest review*
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About the Author:

James RamosJames Ramos was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the oldest of four siblings. He wrote his first story at age nine and counts Frank Herbert’s Dune as his biggest influence. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is studying English. He is a self-proclaimed “dorkasaurus,” and has a roommate (who is a cat). He is almost never without a sonic screwdriver. 

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