Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Rating: 5 stars
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, a history major, an expert at the three Rs of Texas (readin’, ridin’, and ropin’), but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her as a debutante for the 2016 deb season in their hometown of Dallas, 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.
Review: Oh my goodness, I haven’t enjoyed a book and laughed out loud in soooo long! Starting at chapter one, the outright hilarious contretemps that Megan gets into just tickle my funny bone, and it helps that I’m from Texas, my mother went to Hockaday, and I had several friends deb in Houston–so I’m a little familiar with all the swanky goings on. This fresh take was the perfect summer read to make me laugh, make me sigh–and get my Pride and Prejudice fan fic love on! Not only does it happen in my home state, it follows the arc of our fabulous lovers in Jane Austen’s P&P.
What could make it more fabulous?
The name dropping! The hijinks, the horses, the reason I knew that Hank was a bad egg. All the strings knit together to create something fabulous, funny and heartfelt. If you’re like me and love P&P, you’re going to love the dickens out of this one set in the Lone Star State. Showing an insider’s view with the perfect hint of irony, it showcases and also mocks how we all pretend to be what we’re not.
Thank goodness I never had to do the Texas Dip, but I had to do something similar in the Maifest in my hometown starting at 2 and lasting until I was 18–so there’s a little bit of truth in here as well. Luckily one of the most beloved of Texas traits is the ability to laugh at ourselves and others too…so Enjoy! I sure did, and I’m going to recommend it to all my friends!
Read it and let me know what you think!