Hey lovely readers! Today’s post is a book review of A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
“The first of two books in an intended paperback original series about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.”
I wanted to read this book based on the title alone! I mean Bookish Boyfriends, come on! But then the plot, I mean that’s every readers fantasy come to life. Falling in love with your favorite literary boys in real life. Swoon!
Now when I started reading I was worried that it wouldn’t surprise me at all. I was definitely interested, but I wasn’t expecting to be dazzled. Because I didn’t really get how Merri was going to date these Bookish Boys. Was she going to be transported into these books, were the boys going to leave the pages of their stories and enter her world, or were the boys going to be re-imagined as boys she already knew? Merri has several boys in her life and they are all representative of a certain literary hero. I will not spoil it and tell you who is who. But I will say if you’ve read the classics you can probably guess! This was the most fun part for me. I love the classics: Jane Austen, Shakespeare, the Brontes, you name it! And seeing these men, whom I’ve loved for so long brought to life in such a fun and unique way was amazing! I fell in love with Mr. Darcy all over again, both the Austen version and the boy who represents him in Merri’s life.
I think the best part of this story is when Merri draws parallels between her life and these classic stories. Is this really happening? Is her English teacher a magician? Because the teacher really seems to know the exact story that Merri needs to read to make sense of herself and her life. It’s amazing how this book makes these classic story come back to life. It really inspired me to examine them with fresh eyes, something I haven’t done in a long time! This book was really a dream come true, because who wouldn’t want to date Mr. Darcy? It is a truth universally acknowledged that he is swoon-worthy!
So to all my fellow hopeless romantics I hope you’re excited for this book! If you’ve ever fantasized that a book boy was real, if you’ve ever claimed a book boyfriend for your own, this book is definitely for you.
I hope you all love Bookish Boyfriends as much as I did! Be sure to read my companion post to this review: My Top 5 Book Boyfriends!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna