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.
This book is privileged wrapped up in 300 pages. Yes, I know tons of YA books feature the upper 1%. Okay, a good 90% of YA novels do, but at least most of them don’t try to act like they have financial difficulty and then the next page by a pair of shoes that equate to about five month’s of rent that I pay for my cruddy apartment.
Maybe it wouldn’t have stung so much if I wasn’t so familiar with the places that the MC shopped with and the school she attended. Although, I’m from Houston, I’ve spent a lot of time in Dallas. I have relatives that live there, my sister would frequently take music lessons at SMU, and I had a cousin who went go college at SMU (via scholarship) for a couple of years. So the places that the characters went I sort of knew and when she acted like they were places average Americans went to I was like.
Big fat no.
And let me say, this twit must’ve had some money to get into SMU because I don’t see how she would be smart or talented enough to get in there. It’s a hard school to get into, but at the same time there are some really rich people attend there and that’s what Megan had to be rich because she is TSTL and then some.
When her age was revealed to be twenty I almost had a coronary. She did not read like she was twenty to me, at best she read like a very young fifteen year old which made the hook ups with guys in their later twenties-there were lawyers, business executives, etc. that they tried to push these debs off on ever the more creepy.
She kept whining at her mom about how she didnt’ want to be a deb, and I kept thinking in my head-you’re fucking twenty-years-old you don’t have to do what your momma says.
Megan seemed to forget this though and complained about how she had to wear pink (gasps) then talk all about her eating schedule-she has to eat all the time you know, since she plays sports.
The blurb states that the book is a Pride and Prejudice retelling, but honestly it’s one of those Pride and Prejudice materials that only watched the movie. You know, gets the bare minimum of the story forgetting that hey the book isn’t just about the Darcy and Elizabeth relationship.
Which by the way was a total bore in this book. Also, they ditched the whole Lydia character. And there’s this awkward scene where the MC shops for condoms and discusses whether or not she should’ve gotten grape or bubblegum flavor rubbers.
It’s sad because this one had the potential to be a very cute book. Like I said Dallas is an interesting area to explore, and while they got pockets of it correct I felt like they left out large segments of the culture. If the characters really were financially struggling-which they’re not-they shouldn’t be spending money on shoes and lavish parties. Have them be a deb on a budget, there would’ve been conflict there and issues of class-which hey, were actually a part of the Pride and Prejudice story.
As it stands though.
The book went straight in the storage bin.
Overall Rating: I’m giving it a D. It was easy enough to read and could’ve been worse, but I really wanted to deck Megan.