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A Date with Darcy

(Bookish Boyfriends #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,425 ratings  ·  555 reviews
Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep—where all the boys look like they've stepped off the pag ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Amulet Paperbacks
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Hanna I was turned off too at the first few chapters because it came it too cliche and annoying and childish and cringy but hey, I finished it which is a su…moreI was turned off too at the first few chapters because it came it too cliche and annoying and childish and cringy but hey, I finished it which is a surprise even for me. It's not for everyone but if you finish a certain phase of the book, you can enjoy the rest of it, especially if you love Pride and Prejudice. You can be surprised how cute and light it can be.(less)

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Jan 03, 2018 marked it as ummm-what
you tryna tell me that she's read all the classics and the 1 (one) couple out of all those books whose love story she wants to emulate is flipping Romeo and Juliet ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Merrilee Campbell is the star of this young adult contemporary romance read in which this somewhat of a book nerd teen longs for romance like she's read in the classics. Merri is transferring to a new school with her best friend and younger sister and hopes that this year will be different for her. 

Starting our at Hero High Merri finds herself studying Romeo and Juliet in class and longing for her own Romeo when she meets Monroe Stratford. Not only is Monroe handsome but he quotes Shakespaere an
Claude's Bookzone
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
3. 5 Stars

CW: eating disorder mentioned

Well that was cute and fun!

I love retellings/reimaginings and of course reading, and this is a lovely book about both! I enjoyed that there was a lot of discussion about literature, and it is my fervent hope that the books in this series encourage teens to pick up the classic novels or plays referenced. P and P is one of my favourite books and I think this was a reasonable and accessible modern YA interpretation of this great novel.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, contemporary, ya
ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review

When Merilee transfers from an all girls school to Reginald R. Hero High she thinks it just might be the place she might meet her personal hero. That is, if they can live up to all the bookish boyfriends she's forever dreaming about. Having herself surrounded by actual Romeo's it seems that Merilee might just be living out one of her favorite love stories of all time.

The Story
Okay, so I was really thrown by this book. Initially when
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
If ever I've related more to a character in a YA novel, that character would have to be Merrilee. Never have I laughed and smiled my way through a story so much, simply because I got it. I could feel it because in some ways, I've lived it, maybe not as an adult but definitely as a teenager.

Merrilee is my book character soul mate. She understands it, romance, books, boys, and all.

It's been a long time since I wanted to stay up into the wee hours of the morning reading a YA book but this book ch
Sophie Elaina
This was a very cute, light read! Although I did find it kind of boring at times, and the first half of the book definitely lacked the substance I was hoping for. I feel like in the beginning the protagonist lacked something and that made it hard to connect with her and the story. However the second half of the book took a turn and I very much loved it. Before requesting this title on NetGalley I was very intrigued because - A book about a girl who loves books? Sign me up for that anytime. So yo ...more
Oct 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-releases
A book about bookish boyfriends that is called Bookish Boyfriends which will probably include a bookish boyfriend to add to an ever-growing list of my bookish boyfriends and that enables me to use the phrase 'Bookish Boyfriends' as often in one sentence as I just did and also has a reference to one of the most classic bookish boyfriends (Mr. Darcy) on the cover?
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And yes, it took me an absurd amount of time to figure out the logistics of that sentence. You're welcome.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Probably 3.5 stars.

Two chapters in I was ready to give up on this book. I honestly didn't believe I could read a whole book from this protagonist's point of view. The voice felt forced. The writing was self-conscious. And I wasn't engaged. As I progressed the writing became less obvious and I ended up enjoying it.

A Date with Darcy is essentially a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in an elite school setting. As such, it's pretty predictable. However, from the start I was hoping for a non-Darcy en
A.C. Gaughen
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. GOODNESS!! This book is perfection. I've been a big fan of Schmidt's work since SEND ME A SIGN, and this is Peak Schmidt. The main character, Merrilee, is short, bubbly, and with her nose always in a book, Merri believes in love, romance, and true love's kiss. Which isn't entirely her fault--her parents and older sister all fell in love with the first person they ever kissed, and Merri is looking forward her novel-worthy romance.

But when she starts at a new school, Merri unexpectedly fi
An absolutely adorable read, following a girl named Merrilee who believes boys are better in books. Until those boys start showing up at school and maybe...aren't as great as she believes them to be.

No need to know Austen to love this, though I suspect readers who are fans of Pride and Prejudice will pick up on some additional things.

Pitch perfect for younger YA readers, too. This reminded me a bit of Avalon High by Meg Cabot, and I think there's a nice pairing to be had there.
-`ˏ maci ˎ´˗
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thank you, Abrams Books, for allowing me to read this extraordinary book!

“Boys are so much better in books.”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you haven't read this book yet, you need to. When I say that this book blew me away, I am not lying. I adored Bookish Boyfriends. It plastered a stupid grin on my face for 99.9% of the story. I connected with this book and the characters
Reading Rush 2019
This is the second book I finished that meets the challenge of read a book with 5 or more words in the title.

I thought I would have enjoyed this way more, but it ended up being kind of boring. Also, the audiobook narrator was not great. I hated her voice for the main love interest, which made all the scenes between our MC and LI cringey.

I will not be picking up the next book in the series.
Irena BookDustMagic
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Who wouldn’t want a date with Darcy?
I don’t know… I was never Darcy’s kind of girl (I think Adrian Ivashkov would suit me better) but I’d still want to go on a date with Darcy, just like probably every bookish girl in this world would. Yet, our main protagonist Marrilee had a chance to really live that dream (and thank God she’s just a fictional character, because so many of us would be jealous of her!).

From what I understood, A Date with Darcy came to life in the most amazing way.
Tiffany Schmid
Andrea C. *andreasbookishlife*
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was sooo cute! Loved all the book connections with Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet! 🤗
Stephanie Wilcox
I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book. A Date With Darcy can be fairly easily divided into two acts, the first referencing Romeo and Juliet, and the second Pride and Prejudice, though it can easily be argued that the latter is present throughout the entire novel. The plot follows Merrilee (Merri) Campbell as she begins high school at a Reginald R. Hero Prep (known as Hero High amongst students), alongside her cranky younger sister Aurora (Rory) and "brainy" best friend Eliza. Coincide ...more
Stay Fetters
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Too bad book boyfriends gave paper cuts when you tried to snuggle.

We have all been in this position where we fall in love and swoon over the dreamy man/woman in a book. You just imagine their arms wrapped around you on the toughest of days and they will make it all better. Sigh!

This book is for all of us who ever had a crush on a book character and wasn't ashamed of it. I'm totally not ashamed to admit that I have may a few bookish men in my life that I wish was real. *cough* Prince Cardan *co
Rosanna Threakall
2.5 stars

LOVED the Shakespeare references but ultimately didn't connect.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves-of-2018, humor
AHHHHH!!!!!!!!! This was so funny and cute. I definitely need more books like this. It was so sweet and I just wanted to die from cuteness overload through most of it.
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As far as sixteen year-old Merrilee is concerned, boys in books are much better than boys in real life. What she wouldn't give to have a real boy sweep her off of her feet into a whirlwind romance like her favorite book boyfriends. She's about to get the chance of a lifetime when she, her best friend, and her sister start at a prestigious new high school, but things don't always turn out the same way for her as they do for her fav
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

I actually really enjoyed this book! I picked it up at first because, come on, how many times had I thought boys are better in books? I just owed it to myself.

Merrilee is such a fun main character. She’s daydreamy and wacky and awkward and to be honest, a complete mess. But I loved her. She was me, in a weird way, and I loved watching her be headstrong.

Her best friend, Eliza, was equally great, although basically her complet
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I expected this to be cute and fluffy but in actuality it was just weird and annoying rip

I remember being really excited for this when it came out a couple years ago, and then I never got around to reading it! And now I have and when I picked it up I got all excited again and... then I was massively let down sad disappointment. I mean, when it's literally called "Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy" how can that not be super awesome? How can that not be amazing and adorable and make my bookwor
Sam! at the bookstore
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage fans of Pride and Prejudice!
Shelves: ibooks, 4-stars
Rating: 4 stars

All I can say is that Jane Austen is a queen, Tiffany Schmidt is a princess, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! This was such a fun story, taking a twist on not only Pride and Prejudice, but also Romeo and Juliet. The characters were unique and, even though it was set in high school, they weren't immature to the point that I couldn't relate to them. Merri was so adorable and relatable, and Eliza was the best best friend she could ask for. I appreciated how every time
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just such a relatable cute fluffy contemporary that was so amazing to read. I was highly anticipating this book and now I've read it, I'm so happy it didn't fall flat. ...more
This book was good! It had really good writing, a decently developed plot and some fascinating notions towards the importance of books and what they can give an individual, and how sometimes life can be just like a book (or not)!

The only issue I had with this book was that it just didn’t gel with me for some reason. I can’t explain why - it just didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t really feel like I knew the characters or could relate to them in any way, and I didn’t find the story gripping enoug
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Man, I was so excited for this novel! I mean who can go wrong with a title like that. Well it did go wrong in a few ways unfortunately. I thought it was cute and fun even though it was a bit slow and it just ended all messy and I can't even describe my feels for this book besides being torn! ...more
Kailey Steward
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I was really excited for this book. The premise sounded cute and fun, plus pretty light as well. I thought I would be getting a nice, casual read about a book-loving girl whose life just got touched by a little bit of magic. And I did get that story. I just didn't expect not to want to read it.

After months of trying to get through this story, I had to DNF it. I constantly felt that the reader was getting talked down to. This was n
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was adorable and loads of fun! Merrilee’s enthusiasm for all things books, boys, and swoon-worthy romance was palpable. (And completely relatable.) Do your-bookish-self a favor and read it.

*Thank you to Abrams for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Mariana Quesada
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, romance
I think every reader has had a crush with a literary character, and our MC from this one is no exception. Now imagine those crushes and stories came to life and made you the protagonist, dream come true right?

I loved: the entertainment level, the funny bits, the book references and bookworm identification, the characters and the pace.

This was so cute, I feel I would have loved it when I was 16 years-old. As much as it entertained me and made me swoon at times, some bits felt too forced. The para
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so BADLY! Unfortunately most things about it annoyed me and made me roll my eyes so hard that I almost saw my brain.

1. Names. Merilee, Monroe, FIELDING. Bc YA apparently.
2. The main character is so slappable it's not funny anymore. She's supposed to be super smart with IQ so high it would kill her if she jumped off it and yet she makes the stupidest decissions, misinterpretes what people do/say and then fixated on it, she's boy-obsessed ans she falls in looooooove on h
Jul 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).

She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

You can find out more about her and her books at:, or by following her on Twitter @Tif

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