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A Date With Darcy
Contributor(s): Schmidt, Tiffany
ISBN: 1419728601     ISBN-13: 9781419728600
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
    OUR PRICE: $8.99  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2018
Annotation: "Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there'd be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She's about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true--often with surprising consequences"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017052439
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Bookish Boyfriends
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.85 lbs) 390 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Tiffany Schmidt is a former teacher who lives and writes in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She is the author of several young adult thrillers and dramas for Bloomsbury. 

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #2)

Merrilee is obsessed with two things: swoonworthy romance novels and swoonworthy boys (whom she has found remarkably difficult to locate). At her new school, aptly named Hero High, she suddenly finds herself surrounded by plenty of potential boyfriends who are "paranormal hero handsome," according to Merrilee. Before she knows it, gorgeous Monroe, the big man on campus, is wooing her with roses and requests that they date. Schmidt unapologetically places romance, and more romance, at the heart of this YA novel for younger teens, as the plot spins around the ways that real-life boys either fulfill or fail to live up to Merrilee's romantic notions drawn from literature, especially Romeo and Juliet. Schmidt has Merrilee evaluating everyone and everything in light of this play, and upends assumptions about Juliet through Merrilee's character, while turning a would-be Romeo into a brooding stalker. Ultimately Schmidt pits Romeo against a Mr. Darcy type in this romantic comedy (complete with Bridget Jones-like mishaps), whose heroine must open herself to the idea that the boy she least expects may turn out to be her real romantic hero. Ages 12–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 8 Up—Merrilee Campbell is extremely excited to be transferring to Hero High with her best friend Elisa and her younger sister Rory. Toby, Merri's other best friend, already attends Hero High, which makes the transfer even better. Merri is a big dreamer and romantic, but believes boys in books are better than in real life. Then she meets Monroe Stratford, a junior who appears to be infatuated with her. Merri is convinced she's living Juliet's life to Monroe's Romeo until he starts to get on her nerves with his constant texts, phone calls, and demands on her time. Meanwhile, Merri can't stand Toby's friend Fielding Williams, who always seems to be around in embarrassing situations or when she's being extra clumsy. Thanks to her favorite teacher, Merri realizes that maybe her life isn't Romeo and Juliet after all. Other issues are touched on: her older sister is getting married, her younger sister is struggling with classes, and Elisa's parents are always away on a research trip. But the focus of the story is Merri and her addiction to romance stories. Halfway through the work, the narrative begins to reference Pride and Prejudice, and the story starts to pick up. The novel is told in first person, and eventually Merrilee becomes a likable narrator. Some teens may be so frustrated with Merri during the first half, that they may not stick with the story. VERDICT A good choice for large romance collections.—Natalie Struecker, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA

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