My Own Mr. Darcy is not so much a modern retelling but an Austen inspired novel. In it, the main character is taken by her mother to the movies to see the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice film when she is sixteen years old and becomes obsessed with Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy. She decides that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy and six years later she is still holding to this belief, so obviously, she hasn’t had a very active love life. That is when her roommate forces her to give the next interested guy ten dates before dumping him.
Because of that agreement Elizabeth finds herself dating Chad, a really nice, kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. However, things get a little more complicated when out of the blue she meets Matt Dawson, a wealthy bookstore owner who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Because she cannot dump Chad she becomes conflicted about the best course of action and continues to develop her relationship with both of them. I wasn’t a big fan of the main character and I could never relate to her, but don’t let my previous description put you down because the book is very clean and the relationship she has with them is mostly a friendship relationship.
I found it very interesting that none of these two male characters is a villain because it made the lead character rethink what she really needed for herself without the easy way out in front of her. The similarities of this book to the real life of an Austen addict is impressive, I mean, we all dream about Mr. Darcy, but would we love him that much if he was in front of us? Is Mr. Darcy the perfect match for all of us, or are some of us meant for Mr. Bingley? Elizabeth is faced with this dilemma and the need to find an answer will take her on the road for self-discovery which was really interesting.
Apart from that, there isn’t much more depth into the book, it is a rom com after all, and as all rom coms it is fresh and light. At times it even seemed too much of a young adult type of book for me, so if this is a genre you do not appreciate, this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you are into YA, then give this a try as it is a very sweet story.
My Own Mr. Darcy is an entertaining Austen inspired novel that I did enjoy reading, but I didn’t find anything particularly exciting about it. Being a young adult book, I believe it is a good one for mothers who want to read and discuss a book with their teenage daughters. It is clean and appropriate to younger audiences, plus it does have a moral that may be more relevant for young girls.
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