3.5 Hearts · Pride and Prejudice Retakes · YA Contemporary

The Season by Jonah Dyer and Stephen Dyer

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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.

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“It is a truth universally acknowledge that all daughters eventually conclude their mothers are insane, and though I had a long heard the rattle of loose nuts and screws in Lucy McKinghts head, even for her this is challenged belief.”
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Take a little bit of
She’s the Man
(the movie with Amanda Bines) shake it up with Pride and Prejudice themed + college + Texan/cowboys and you got yourself “The Season.”

 

Megan is a twin, her fraternal sister Julia is everything a debutant should be, and Megan was everything sporty cowgirl would have. Without their knowledge, their mother was able to successfully have the girls put of the Bluebonnets Debutant Season coming out. Megan was not having it, but after some coaxing from her father, she caved and participated in the season of debutants. Her one condition was she wasn’t quitting her soccer team.

A few things that came to my mind.

  1. I didn’t like the character who played Darcy. There wasn’t enough interaction with him to see any type of chemistry grow. They were so wrapped in their own little problems. ALSO, he had a girlfriend, but then says he has been pinning over Megan for a few months. I don’t like that. I don’t think that is a good thing to show a guy thinking of a different girl, while with another one. It just isn’t a true Darcy. He wouldn’t even be entertaining the current women if he had any attachments to another.
  2. Now I get both characters had a coming-of-age situation, but come on, did we have to label it YA and put them in college. Put them in High School with the same situations and it would have made just as much sense. They said it is YA, because it is a clean read, BUT it is really a YA/NA because all the characters are in college or their 20’s.

Megan has so much growing in this book, which is a true redeeming factor about her. She wasn’t truly considerate of anyone else, unless they were her immediate family or soccer team. Otherwise she pretty much told people to Kiss-her-Ass. She is a smart mouth, sassy, and at times crass young girl. Being in the debutante refined her and shaped it her into a woman.Did I like this book? Yea I did. It wasn’t bad at all. Was it my favorite retake on P&P? Not by a long shot. But it had girls playing soccer, pretty clothes, horses, all wrapped into a P&P theme. So of course it was a must read for me.

If you are a true soccer chick fan,
a She’s the Man Movie junkie
(like me and my roommate in College),
or a P&P lover,
Then you must give this book a try.

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