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Me And Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
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Sep 20, 10

bookshelves: fiction, re-telling, romance, chicklit, humour
Read in March, 2010

** spoiler alert ** I think there's something that is ingrained in pretty much every girl that they, in one way or another, love Pride & Prejudice and have probably at one point or another considered Mr Darcy (in any of his guises) as the epitome of their dream guy. That's the concept behind this book. Emily manages a NY book store and, after a string of disastrous dates swears off men because no one can live up to her dream man, Mr Darcy. Her friend, deciding she needs to get out there wants to take her on a 18-30 holiday, but Emily in a fit of panic decides to go on an Austen book tour instead.

She gets over there and discovers she's the only person under 50 on the tour, apart from this other guy - Spike, an arrogant, snobby reporter who is writing an article on Mr Darcy's appeal and who manages to offend and insult her in the first day. As you can tell the story is somewhat reminiscent of a certain book, and over the course of the story we see the modern spin on it. There is also the complication of Emily's meeting of the actual Mr Darcy who keeps showing up and attempting to woo her in his typical Mr Darcy fashion as Emily discovers that the brooding, chivalrous, forceful ideal worked great in theory, in reality - not so enjoyable.

The book was quite funny - there were a few moments that had me laughing out loud and any book that incorporates Pride & Prejudice, Fame references and someone trying to break up with Mr Darcy using a 'it's not you, it's me' line can only ever be a good thing. It was a lot of fun to read and it was more than a little amusing seeing Emily be completely oblivious to the parallels despite reading excerpts of the books at regular interviews in order to forget her issues with Spike.

The ending was great and it's definitely one to make you smile if you want something fun and light to read.
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