By: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Synopsis: She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?
Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.
The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.
If you know me, like really truly know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice and throw in some zombies? Sure.
She’s a college student trying to complete her thesis via social media? I’ll take it.
Kiera Knightley dressed in empire waist dresses? Yes, please.
Collin Firth? GIMME NOW.
So P&P as a college soccer player, forced debutante? I’m reluctant, but lets do this.
The Season is good. It’s the kind of book I like to read when I’m hurting after a book **cough** A Court of Mist and Fury **cough**. But was it my favorite P&P adaption? Nah.
There were a lot of things I liked about The Season. I thought the main character, Megan McKnight, was interesting. Mostly because I found her sarcasm funny and there is a particular scene in which she’s attempting to condom shop that I felt most women could identify with (THERE ARE SO MANY TYPES. WHY?).
But then there was the issue of the plot. This was less Darcy and more Mr. Wickham, which, let’s be real, none of us read P&P for Mr. Wickham (if you do, get out of here right now). And the end is just a thrown together mess that felt like the Dyer’s (who are married, how nuts is that? I don’t think I could write a book with the person I’m married to) ran out of space and needed to get the resolution in.
Again, this frustrated me because, well, less Wickham, MORE DARCEY.
I will say, that this book isn’t really for younger YA readers (by younger I mean closer to middle grade). The book is sold as YA, which makes sense to me, yet is published by Viking Children’s and the protagonist is 20-21 years old and has some pretty adult moments. I’m actually a little baffled as to who this book is targeted to. P&P fans, I guess. But no real age group that actually makes sense.
This is a perfect book for a book hangover though. Like genuinely A+ material there. It’s just not the kind of P&P retelling that I needed or even think I wanted.
*Note: This book had a lot of college soccer play-by-plays in it and I struggled to read them simply because I’ve spent the last four years of my life as a sports journalist and they were just so agonizingly bad that it actually hindered my interest in this book at times.
So have you read The Season? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you’ll read it?