Title: A Date with Darcy
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 400
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep—where all the boys look like they’ve stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo.
When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving . . .
Merrilee Campbell is the star of this young adult contemporary romance read in which this somewhat of a book nerd teen longs for romance like she’s read in the classics. Merri is transferring to a new school with her best friend and younger sister and hopes that this year will be different for her.
Starting our at Hero High Merri finds herself studying Romeo and Juliet in class and longing for her own Romeo when she meets Monroe Stratford. Not only is Monroe handsome but he quotes Shakespaere and goes for the grand gesture over and over again. At fifteen Merri thinks she’s found her true Romeo but before long she begins to see that the boys in her books are much better than real life.
Picking up this title I was under the impression it was a standalone young adult contemporary romance but since then the listing has been changed to show that this may be the first book in a series. The story is one that really was a bit over the top cutesy at times which made me think this one will probably be a favorite for the really young teens but a bit much for the older crowd.
In the first half or so of this one Merri felt a bit too childish to me but as the story went on she did seem to get a bit better along the way. The story had it’s funny moments but I do believe would have a much better shot at a wider audience had it been dialed back a tad bit. If it does become a series I’m not sure I would bother continuing on myself with the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).
She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.
You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.