Chick lit is an extremely popular sub-genre of fiction. I’m always trying to find one that not only interests me but seems interesting and different.Chick lit is an extremely popular sub-genre of fiction. I’m always trying to find one that not only interests me but seems interesting and different. Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter seemed to fit the bill.
Emily goes on a Jane Austen book tour to skip going on a booze fueled trip to Mexico with her friend Stella. Throughout the course of the trip Emily goes deeper into Austen’s works than ever before...
One thing I immediately liked was that it wasn’t about how Emily’s single and must find a man like so many other chick lit novels out there. Like Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, Potter had Emily’s journey to love include a journey of self-discovery.
I figured out almost immediately that there would be story overlap with Price and Prejudice. It was charming in places and in other places it kind of beat you over the head. If someone is smart enough to read P&P, they’re smart enough to get the parallels without a lot of help.
In short, it’s better than your average chick lit. It goes a little deeper with its characters and gives them more in their lives but it’s not drastically smarter....more
I normally don’t like chick lit because it’s all the same. This one was similar but different enough for me to lose myself in it. It centers on threeI normally don’t like chick lit because it’s all the same. This one was similar but different enough for me to lose myself in it. It centers on three friends who each want something different out of life: the soon-to-be-married Nicole wants to work again, Seema is in love with her best male friend but can’t work up the courage to do anything about it, and Melissa wants her boyfriend of six years to finally propose. Nicole wrigs a cake pull so that each girl will pull a charm that should give her the fortune she most desires. When things don’t go as planned, the girls realize that what you want and what you need may not be the same thing after all…
It’s rare for me to really like and be engaged in chick lit. This novel went deeper than girl-must-get-guy since Nicole had to come to terms with being a wife and stepmother, Melissa had to swallow a very bitter pill, and Seema has to choose what path she must take with regard to the man she loves. I found myself drawn into the changing perspectives and stories and wanting to find out what happens which is rare in general. It’s still light and fluffy but is deeper than your average pastel covered chick lit without losing the fun. ...more
This book is only semi-serious where other (e.g. Mars & Venus) are all serious. It was actually good to read something that had wit as well as wisThis book is only semi-serious where other (e.g. Mars & Venus) are all serious. It was actually good to read something that had wit as well as wisdom. It’s mostly things I already knew but may or may not pass along to future SOs. It also helps give women some insight into men and what men may have dealt with in the past (e.g. jealous, crazy, and other behaviors seen on Melrose Place).
I agreed with most of it but one thing I absolutely did not agree with is the ‘boxers only’ rule. I am against tighty whiteys because they are remarkably unsexy but boxer briefs are my favorites and I know many other women who agree. Overall, it’s fun and worth the read and men may want to take this at least semi-seriously....more