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About the Author
Kay Honeyman grew up in Texas, where she followed football and politics with equal passion. Her first novel, The Fire Horse Girl, was nominated for three state awards. Kay now teaches language arts in Dallas, where she lives with her family. Please visit her website at www.kayhoneyman.com and follow her on Twitter at @kayhoneyman.
Read an Excerpt
"I don't know how to drive."He slammed on the brakes. "You're kidding, right?""My parents just never had time to teach me. We're always busy campaigning. And in D.C. we have this thing called public transportation."Hunter put the truck in park and got out."What are you doing?" I yelled through the open back window. "We're in the middle of the road. Get back in the car."He strolled to my door and pulled it open. "Move over.""Why?""I'm teaching you how to drive."I shook my head. "I can't.""Come on, you have to let me make up for being such an idiot," he said. I slumped against the seat and stared out the window. "No, you still don't get it. I'll hit something," I said. "Then people will find out that I hit something, and my dad will get furious, not because the car is wrecked, not because his insurance goes up, but because the talk shows will start asking him questions about teenage drivers. He'll be asked if texting on the road should be illegal, and as a father, does he support a curfew for teens. They won't ask about me, but it will be a barrage of questions that surround me, and he'll have to field every one. Then they'll start looking at Kyle Stone's driving record, which is probably perfect, and Dad will come home at the end of the day, and I'll get that look. The look you saw today." Hunter pointed out the front window. "What are you going to hit?" I looked across an empty desert to the horizon. The sky stretched for miles in front of me. It felt more part of the landscape than the sky in D.C., like you could touch it. "And if it helps," Hunter said, "Kyle drives like a blind monkey."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a die hard Austinite. So any retelling of her classic novels immediately captures my interest. Put it in front of my face and done. I'm in. I thought Honeyman was more creative than most retellings with a more complex take on the story. She injected more ingredients into the story that somewhat deluded the original plot. That said, I felt almost all of her changes were brilliant. However, the initial pacing was very slow and there were a couple issues that dimmed what should have been a brilliant retelling. One issue that I had trouble with was introducing this revenge bent to the character Kate. Emma was misguided at times, but the only time she was in any way intentionally rude was her remarks at the picnic. (You Austin fans know what I'm talking about...) Kate had a mean streak that wasn't part of the essential core of Emma. I felt it was a distraction in an overly packed novel. It was more of a distraction from all the other intriguing parts. But as you got to know Kate, you started to understand that her behavior was very much drilled home by her political home. Her parents are revealed to be distant and misguided. It was hard to connect with Kate for the first chunk of the book. That said, she did have a significant character development that led to an emotional connection to her. In fact, her parents seemed to have a "Come to Jesus" moment as well. I almost thought that it could have been more believable if her parents stayed self absorbed. As an avid photographer, I loved exploring that aspect of the story. Kay used very accurate and vivid imagery and terms from photography that really illustrated points. That was probably the strongest aspect of the book. Her volunteer work was another solid book aspect. The secondary characters were probably my favorite characters. I didn't quite know what to make of Hunter, but I can't give away more because I feel that would be a spoiler. Her aunt was fantastic as well as her best friend. There was a sports aspect to the book that lent another layer to the overall story. The ending definitely left room for a sequel. It was somewhat abrupt. An epilogue would have smoothed it out. It did hold strong to the thread of Austin's Emma thinking she was right, being helpful, even when she always ended up making a social mess. Kate was the same. She did try to help, however misguided. What made her connect more to her historical inspiration was how she truly changed and became humble. I think the book as a whole would be enjoyable to anyone fond of Austin's work. For those who love contemporary fiction, this will definitely make your day. Overall, this was a creative take on historical classic and a unique storyline all on its own.
Anything paired with anything Jane Austen is pretty much a sure thing for me. I've never seen Friday Night Lights, but I do like football, so I was all in. I didn't know how to take Kate in the beginning. She's so sure that she's doing the right thing that she doesn't pay attention to who she's hurting. There were some great scenes where you could just see her start to figure it out and those were my favorite. At times the plot was a little slow, but for the most part, once I was fully interested, I couldn't stop reading. I would have liked to see more of an ending or maybe an epilogue, yet somehow it all worked for the story that was being told. **Huge thanks to Mysterious Galaxy for letting me take this arc out of the super sekrit back room**