Review: The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer10:00
Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Published July 12th 2016 by Viking Children's
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.
I heard that this book was a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and if you know anything about me so far, anything that has to do with Jane Austen is automatically on my TBR. I'm glad that this book was like P&P, but not so much so that it didn't have its own story.
In The Season, the main character, Megan, is more tomboy than debutante. She loves playing soccer (football, to you and me), and has absolutely no intention in taking part in any kind of competition, etc., in which she has to wear a dress. So when her Southern Belle mama puts her in this years 'Season', she is understandably furious. However, she'll go through with it, because her twin sister, Julia, wants to. Some of the other 'debs', however, are really annoying, and Lauren was the worst of them all. As Megan meets the others, she finds herself falling into a love-hate relationship with Andrew, and the more that is revealed, the more she finds herself conflicted.
I really liked Megan. She had all the best bits of Lizzie Bennet, and she was still her own person. Her football was really important to her, as were her sisters, and even though she was angry with her mam for putting her in the season to begin with, family comes first.
The other characters were just like the 'originals', though with twists too. Julia was a perfect, sweet person, who always saw the goodness in others, and hers and Zach's relationship was as sweet as Jane and Bingley's. Lauren was awful, and I might have actually hated her more than Caroline, though it was very close. If you've read Pride and Prejudice, you'll be prepared for Megan and Andrew's romance to be slow, and agonising to read about, just like Lizzie and Darcy's.
All in all, this book was a really good P&P retelling, and I look forward to reading more from the authors in future.