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Me and Mr. Darcy

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  9,338 ratings  ·  1,091 reviews
Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature’s most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic.
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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On page 36, the main character, a well-read, moderately intelligent, 29 year old Austenophile, is walking through Heathrow, and wondering what on earth all these silly British people are talking about. "Snogging? Blokes? Crimey?"

And that's when I put it down.
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Jun 05, 2010 Hannah marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
32 pages in, and just... no . <finality.>>

Poor Jane must be hurling with all the revolutions she's made in her grave over this farce.

Jane, I solemnly swear I won't read another book trying to ride the coattails of your glorious pen.

May Lady Catherine strike me dead if I do.


****An Important Review Disclaimer:
Strictly speaking, pens don't possess coattails, but you're astute enough to get my drift.
The best thing about this book so far is the dark chocolate bar I bought with it in the airport bookstore. Am about halfway through it and the words of the guy in the bookstore who sold it to me are haunting me ... "we've sold, like, a thousand copies of this book in the last week!" I am in mourning for my twelve dollars. I was an English Major and a huge Jane Austen fan, and this book is making me cringe, all the more so because I started it just after finishing Three Cups of Tea, such a meanin ...more
As an unashamed FOJ (friend of Jane) and a diehard fan of Pride and Prejudice in particular, I am often compelled to read contemporary retellings, spinoffs, and homages out of the same primal urge that leads other people to sneak a look at the car wreck on the side of the road. The end result is never pretty and I feel bad about myself afterward, but I do it anyway. This book brought no pleasant surprises, in spite of what initially seemed to be a fresh angle. What I thought was something quite ...more
I think I am going to be in the minority with this book. I ended up liking it. I thought the book was funny, enjoyable to read and really took the moral home.

As most know, Potter is English. At first, I thought Potter did a good job writing as an American. And overall, I don't think she did a very bad job. There were just some things where you could tell a Brit was trying to act American. After reading some reviews on the book, I think this fact bothered some readers. It didn't really bother me,
mikha  ϟ
Im inlove with Mr. Darcy. ♥
Who isnt? :)
Ummu Auni
Despite being against the strong majority, I found this book is an enjoyable read. Maybe because I'm neither a Brit or American as they called it. This is such an easy read, so much humour, and such a realistic approach even though it may sound unrealistic for the fact that Emily found her true love within a week time but who cares?

The novel revolved around Emily who was trying to make an escapade from being dragged by her friend Stella, and she went for a book tour instead. Despite the first pa
I was assigned to read this book for a class and I've tried more than once to finish it and can't get through the first 30 pages. I don't appreciate the foul language, feel it's really a shallow "chick lit" plot, and even the interesting characters don't provide enough redeeming value to make this worth my time to read it. I'd recommend choosing something else!
I'm happy to sell my copy, but don't really want to benefit from it or have anyone else waste their money either!
Mr. Darcy is in our fantasy

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of her right mind must be in want of a decent man."

Do you agree with that?

That makes sense, doen't it?

But...hang on... Doesn't it sound familiar?

How about comparing it with the following words?

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"

Quite similar...almost identical, aren't they?

The author of "Me and Mr. Darcy
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My parents, a scientist and a career academic, both have a fondness for Regency (i.e., historical and relatively chaste) romance novels that might seem at odds with their characters. If I remember right, on separate occasions, both described a fascination with the combinatorial aspect of the genre: all the allowed variations of the genre playing out in slightly different combinations, like the colored glass chips tumbling in an old-school kaleidoscope: always different, always the same. Perhaps ...more
Emily Albright is a 29 year old New Yorker managing a family-owned bookstore she adores and has had just about the worst dating life a woman could possibly have. And so she swears off of men, choosing instead to focus more on her love of literary heroes, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy in particular.

He is the epitome of manhood with is proud and haughty manner, his chivalry, and is just plain dashing -- all attributes she wishes she could find in the real world, but has given it up for lost and discover
Ana T.
I've decided that life is too short for me to waste it on books that don't do anything for me... unfortunately this was one of them!

Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature's most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she's had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honourable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen's c
Riley Banks
My rating is probably more 3 1/2 than a straight 3. I know this is criminal but I have not read the original Pride and Prejudice (before you throw stones, it is on my Kindle waiting to be read), so had nothing to judge the fictional version of Mr Darcy on. So while lovers of the original probably cringed at Ms Potter's version of their beloved hero, I actually really enjoyed the tale. I'm all for a bit of cross generational romance, especially if it involves a portal into a whole other time. Tha ...more
Maia B.

Really, there are almost too many problems to even begin to enumerate them.

-the heroine (whose name I cannot recall, even though I finished the book yesterday) is a complete drip - when she's not being shallow, obnoxious, self-centered, and bitchy, like most other chick-lit heroines, she's reading Jane Austen and obviously completely misunderstanding it, because if she made too much of an effort her tiny brain would actually explode with the work it was doing.

-the hero - either a reall
Louise Sparrow
I'm still in two minds about this book, on the one hand it's a fun, easy to read modern chick-lit that's based on one of my favourite books, with a kind of supernatural element. I enjoyed reading it, the characters were likable, there was plenty of humour and it tied everything up nicely (well mostly). It reminded me a little of Lost In Austen meets Austenland, (but a bit better).

On the other hand... I tend to think that people who have read Jane Austen (or at least watched some of the adaptatio
Karen Powell
I read the awful reviews. And yet I wanted to read it anyway. Well, you know what they say about hindsight....[return][return]To be fair, I did read it with an open mind and expected a fluffy, funny story poking fun at the Darcy fantasy. Instead, the words "epic fail" flashed in my mind. I'm not even sure where to start. Let's try the plot, since there's at least a bit of that, although Potter has Jane Austen to thank for it, since her characters' actions somewhat mirror the literary legend's.[r ...more
I stopped reading 50 or so pages in. I thought I would enjoy a little mindless chicklit, but this was just too mindless for me. The main character was not cute or quirky or lovable in any meaningful way. I kept thinking: why do I have to like her? Just because she is the main character? But do I actually think she is a sympathetic main character? What characteristics were supposed to draw me to her again?

Also what really bothered me was that the author just had no clue how New Yorkers speak. Ha
OK, so I would love to give this book 1,5 stars. It's not possible so whatever. Even though the beginning was funny and the ending was kinda cute on some level. The rest? Just forget about it.
Cause this was a book I really longed to read. And even after finishing it I feel so disappointed. This book is stupid and so boring I nearly pulled out my hair. The heroine is so annoying and stupid on a level I don't wanna describe here. I mean she works in a book shop, she loves Jane Austen and she can'
Ok, I'm a little ashamed to own up to actually spending money on a book like this, but it was very little money in a discount bookshop, and I really needed something light to read in the middle of a terrible week for a three hour bus ride on the way to a funeral.

And what can I say, it's horrible rom-com sugary fluff with a dose of either delusions or a touch of the supernatural. That actually added some unexpected spice to what I was expecting to be quite trite (and trite it was, just with an e
I picked this up at Target the other day 'cause I was really annoyed with my husband. I finished it in one day when he took the kids away to play for a bit.

It's completely predicatable but it made for a funfilled few hours. Ms. Potter annoyed the hell out me with her use of gratuitous references to places in NYC. Who the hell says "Greenwich Village"??!!! NO ONE who lives there says that. It's just the 'village' unless you mean the east village then you say that, 'east village'. So, it was pain
I was horribly, HORRIBLY annoyed by the narrator (who was meant to be an American) speaking like an English girl. I get it, the author is British, but isn't that what editors are for? Why didn't someone step in and say that that just isn't how American's talk. Then she'd oh-so-wittily throw in an Oh, look, I've just called the sidewalk a pavement, I'm really learning how to speak like a Brit. Hehehe!!

She thought that she was so witty, so clever. But really? Not so much. At all. The Kate and Leo
I felt like I betrayed Mr. Darcy reading this. It tried to point out things wrong with him-- but the author wouldn't acknowledge he has a different set of values, morals, and beliefs. Also, he's not a bastard as the conclusion says in the end. It compares him to Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff-- the two are very different. Darcy is disconnected and is socially awkward, but ultimately good and acts out of love. Heathcliff is insane; he is driven insane by love and acts selfishly throughout the nove ...more
A modern day Pride and Prejudice with a plot twist, that Mr Darcy didn't get the girl.
When I first read the book I thought it is a story about the heroine fells in love with Mr D but NO IT ISN'T.

The Mr D written here is not that original, okay, I would say it is not Jane Austen's version. Not much love for him. But anyway he is not the main character (even though the book title says so).

The book is okay, not that good as I expected. But Alex P. surely knows how to write. I mean her writing, so
This was a fun retelling of Pride and Prejudice, if sometimes predictable. I figured out pretty quick that Emily, Spike, and Ernie were playing modern-day roles of Elizabeth, Darcy, and Wickham. However, by throwing the real Mr Darcy, as well as the mysterious tour guide, into the mix did keep me guessing for a while how the story would turn out in the end. I liked the idea of Emily taking the Austen tour and I felt her reactions and actions were usually believable and things I might do in a sim ...more
Kirsty Mcmanus
This was a fun book with lots of potential. It started out quite strong and was very entertaining, but seemed to lose something as the story progressed. I never really saw 'the hero' as very likeable, and would never have given him a second chance if he had treated me the way he treated the main character.

The parallels between Pride and Prejudice were a novelty - but I will never see Mr Darcy the same way again!

Otherwise, I did find myself looking forward to reading it each night before bed, and
Yuck. That's really how I felt about this book(I will do my nest to review with no spoilers). I enjoyed the first 80 or so pages (the ones before she left New York), but after that this book really fell flat. I felt as if this could have been a cute, if some what done, book. But Ms. Potter just made the characters so unlikeable (to me at least). The best friend Stella was so shallow that I really found noting to like about her except her marriage. The journalist, Spike, sounded nothing like an i ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Cheri rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of chick lit
This book was cute, pretty transparent but cute nonetheless. I liked the story and the main character wasn't as annoying as I have found others to be in this genre. I've never read Pride & Prejudice, and you don't have to to enjoy this book. The writing isn't spectacular but it's bearable. Not exactly a Cinderella story, but pretty close - there are no terribly romantic scenes that make your heart leap, which I feel could've improved the book, but still a nice break from the heavy stuff.
Emily Albright manages a bookstore in Manhattan. At the last minute, she decides to go on a Jane Austen book tour in England. The tour visits the places frequented by Austen and places that inspired her famous book, Pride & Prejudice. Along the way she meets some life long friends, helps mend a broken heart and takes in the beautiful countryside. Oh did I mention, she mysteriously gets to know the real Mr. Darcy and falls in love with the man of her dreams by the end of the book!
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Alexandra Potter is the best-selling author of TEN romantic comedies (soon to be eleven when her latest novel, Love From Paris, is published summer 2015). Born in England, she has lived in London, Sydney, Australia and New York and LA, and can currently be found clocking up too many air miles travelling the globe researching ideas for her new book...
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“I am a hopeless romantic. A silly, ridiculous, foolish romantic. I live in a fantasy land. I need to get real. And now, for the first time, I want to get real. I want a real relationship with a real man in the real world–-with all the real problems, faults, and whatever comes with it.” 26 likes
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