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The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer

Sunday, May 22, 2016
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 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.

Goodreads Summary

I had mild reservations about reading this book because it seemed like another "down on being girly girl" type of book.  However, the main character, Megan, grew on me despite her multiple questionable decisions.  I felt bad for her sister Julie's predicament-occurring just before her debut, of course.

Megan loves soccer and hopes to play in college.  She could care less about being a debutante and everything that goes with it.  When she meets handsome, debonair Hank she thinks that her season might just be more fun than she thought.  Unfortunately (or fortunately!), another debutante with her boyfriend in tow have misgivings about Hank.  As Megan and Hank grow closer, she can no longer let her "insta-love" take over her brain.  The book is littered with humorous scenes and awful humiliation trials that will make the reader embarrassed for the characters.  I liked the mystery behind Hank and wasn't surprised when the truth was something other than what Megan thought.  The novel is meant to be a Pride & Prejudice retelling, but I think it stands better on its own without the reader believing it's merely a retelling.  I didn't like Megan's choices, but it made her a more realistic character. This book would be a fun read for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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