Elizabeth Bennett, Texas Style

BookendsLynn: Let’s face it: No one wrote a romantic plot better than Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, my favorite, has had thousands of imitators, send-ups, and tributes over the years, but it’s still always fun to see a new interpretation. Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer’s The Season (2016) falls solidly in the tribute category, and their Texas-style P & P is terrific fun.

 The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen DyerMegan McKnight is horrified to discover that the Bluebonnet Club has selected her and her twin sister to be a 2016 Dallas Debutante. A Division I soccer player and dedicated tomboy, Megan wants nothing to do with what she calls “being put up for sale.” She disdains the rounds of parties, overpriced dresses, and the Texas Dip—a special curtsy required of the Dallas debs. But when family issues force Megan resentfully into the season, the fun begins.

You don’t have to know anything about Pride and Prejudice to enjoy this twist. Megan’s voice is hilarious, as are some of the situations she falls into, such as incurring a black eye right before her first party and making an embarrassing attempt to buy condoms. Jane Austen fans will have fun checking off the Texas versions of characters and plot points. From an overbearing mother to a sweet-talking cad, the Dyers have penned a delicious (cowboy) hat’s-off homage to the master.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. crzy4bookslaura@gmail.com' LauraW says:

    I read this over the weekend and experienced several laugh out loud moments. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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