Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler

Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

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My Review:  3.5 stars out of 5

 This was a nice young adult take on a modern day Jane Austin story. It was cute, loveable and cuddly. I think it appeals more toward the younger end of the YA market, but again, I enjoyed the book.

Liza and her best friend Janie have quite a few ups and downs in this book with jealousy, roller coaster emotions and having the bonds of friendship tested. 

The Good:  I loved Janie! She was cooky, a nut and everything a best friend should be. Her personality remained a constant throughout the story and kept me smiling. She did get a little jealous here and there, but in the end, she remained loyal to Liza. Just as a best friend should. 

I loved the guys in this book, minus Ben. For me, it came down to a choice between Ryan and Will. I think the frustration and uncertainty rang true for Liza. She's a young girl and her own emotions were too much for her at times. Most teenage girls go through the same thing and I think Ms. Butler captured that well. 

The bad: I didn't really like the flow of the book. Sometimes I wasn't sure whose perspective I was reading. I had to go back in several sections to see who was telling that particular section. The flow was a little choppy when switching back and forth between POV's, but overall, it wasn't that big of a deal. The book is worth reading, just a warning to prepare you! 

Overall, I think Ms. Butler did a fabulous job and there will be girls everywhere soon wearing their Jane Austin tee shirts thanks to Liza!

About the Author 
Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.

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