“A fun, modern take on Pride and Prejudice.”—Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Megan McKnight is not a girly girl. A soccer star with Olympic dreams, she’s got her eye on the prize, not on guys, and certainly not on becoming a more refined Southern lady. So when her mother secretly enters her as a debutante for the season in their hometown of Dallas, she’s furious. And when she meets the other debs, including a backstabbing blonde with a vendetta and her moody billionaire boyfriend, she’s determined to prove she can pour tea, throw parties, and do the infamous Texas Dip with the best of them.
At the first of many lavish parties of the debutante season, Megan’s swept off her feet by charming, down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse and starts to think maybe being a deb isn’t so bad after all. But is Hank all he appears to be, or does the charming cowboy have something up his sleeve? And why does moody, handsome Andrew Gage keep finding excuses to run into her—even though he’s practically engaged to her nemesis?
This debutante season is as hot and steamy as a Texas summer!
Includes a never before published bonus chapter!
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Originally from Texas, Stephen & Jonah Lisa Dyer live with their two children in rural Idaho, in the shadow of the Tetons. Per county regulations, they also have a shelter dog and a Subaru.
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“Miss McKnight, I want to be frank," Ann Foster said. "I am retained by the Bluebonnet Club to plan and execute the debutante season. I have held this position of trust for more than twenty years, and they look to me to make absolutely sure everything comes off without a hitch. I host this tea so that I may, in an informal atmosphere, meet each young woman selected, and not only explain the significance of making a debut but also ascertain to my complete satisfaction that she understands, accepts, and is prepared for the ordeal ahead. Of the utmost importance is promptness—”
“Sorry about that,” I interjected. “Soccer practice went late.”
“Soccer practice does not concern me, Miss McKnight. What does concern me is your tardy and”—here she gestured to my gaping, sweat-stained dress—“tawdry appearance, which clearly demonstrate your lack of regard for myself and the other young women selected.”
“I’ve already apologized,” I said, feeling my cheeks flush. “I promise it won’t happen again, and I’m sure given the opportunity I can learn to curtsy just as well as the other girls.”
Ann’s nostrils flared and she tensed. She now looked less like a ballerina and more like a Siberian tiger eager for lunch. Her change so shocked me I nearly took a step back.
“Curtsy, Miss McKnight,” she said icily, “derives from the word courtesy, a word and concept clearly foreign to you.” Dang. “A proper curtsy is neither frivolous nor submissive—it is a posture of respect. Respect—there’s another word gathering dust on the shelf of your vocabulary.”
“Ms. Foster, I—”
“I see in you, Miss McKnight,” Ann went on, “nothing more than the selfish, self-absorbed child so common today. You have no thoughts beyond your own comfort, and what intellect you do possess you employ solely in cheap sport. This is not a game, Miss McKnight, not to myself nor to the people who attend, and I have no intention of working to change your obvious disdain for the institutions I represent and have little hope you will manage it yourself. Therefore, I think it best if you voluntarily withdraw.”
I was so derailed by this tart and targeted barrage that a good twenty seconds must have passed before I managed to speak. She waited patiently while I wobbled like a punch-drunk fighter, in danger of going down for the count.
“I think you’ve misjudged me,” I managed.
“I highly doubt it.”
My heart thumped against my chest, and my cheeks were red as cherries. Withdraw? We hadn’t even started . . .
“I don’t want to withdraw,” I began, cautiously. “This is important to my parents, and I am not, and never have been, a quitter. I’ll do whatever I have to do to prove myself.”
“Moxie,” she stated flatly, “while admirable, will not suffice, Miss McKnight.”
The Miss McKnight thing was starting to grate.
“It is abundantly clear that you cannot walk properly,” she continued, “so it would naturally follow that you are unable to dance—and I do not mean Zumba.”
“My Mom has already signed me and my sister up for dance lessons.”
“I wish it were that simple. You will need to learn to stand up straight, dress appropriately, and behave with some clear sense of modesty and decorum. You’re miles from a satisfactory Texas Dip, and frankly, given the time allowed and the list of requirements, I doubt you’re up to it.”
Suddenly I was not just insulted, but mad.
“You’d be surprised, Miss Foster,” I stated with reckless confidence, “what I can accomplish in a short amount of time.”
She looked me over again, still dubious. Why was I even fighting this? I had my chance right here to be gone. I could tell Mom that Ann felt I wasn’t up to it, that she knew, like I did, that I just wasn’t debutante material. But I thought of Dad begging me to do it, and while I wasn’t sure why, it was clear he needed me to stay.
“Please, ma’am,” I said, softening my tone and smiling at her with all the Texas charm I could muster, “I realize today did not start well, but I would very much appreciate you allowing me the opportunity to prove that I belong.”
She weighed my “ma’am” and the sentence that followed for a moment, unsure if they were mocking or sincere.
“Miss McKnight, you have a month,” she said. “Surprise me.”
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm from the DFW area so it was cool to read a book set close to my stomping grounds. It was hard to relate to the main characters attitude and personality for maybe the first few chapters. Honestly, I was not a fan. As the story continued to progress, I started to really like her. She is like that kind of rude aunt that has no filter, but means well, and you love her anyway. The conflict and the climax of the story was written very well. I ended the book with a smile, gotta love a solid, and fuzzy ending. (:
I’m always on the lookout for a fun reimagining of Pride & Prejudice and this one did not disappoint. It was great from beginning to end.
I read this and I am 9 years old it is a ok plot no references to sex or anything like that just a few bad words so far my mom say if you read or hear a bad word in a book or a song it's ok just don't repeat it
Megan is focused in being part of the national team for soccer. So wen her sister, Julia, showed her the article that she was chosen to be a debutante in the Blue Bonnet, she wants out. But with seeing the importance of joining for her family. She just has to put on a ball gown. I've been eyeing this book ever since it came out. And I finally read it by listening to the audiobook! I just love the plot and I love that it's comedic too. I just love funny books! Anyway, going into the review, it's pretty good. It's a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Though I haven't read the classic, everyone pretty much knows the story. So diving into this book, I kinda thought it was predictable because the main story is about the classic. I kinda knew that there were slimey characters already. And the ending is not a surprise. I wish there was more cute and swoon-y moments with Megan and the main guy. Andrew seems more like a background character in this book. But then again, this is more about Megan anyway. And speaking of Megan, I love her character development here! Just the things she does is so brave just by being her. And I love that about her. Comedic and funny, but she still succeeded in her own way. The book is quite dragging though. I love the explanation of the places and the extravagance but it was really long though... Not just that, but the whole thing was just long. But I do love the attention to detail. Especially when Megan was telling about her feelings, I thought it was pretty good. Pretty good book all in all. I liked the story and the plot in general.
The Season is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. That means that I am completely biased toward liking this book! Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, and I have a soft spot for retellings, even if they aren’t actually that good. The Good I love the “Elizabeth” of this story. Her name is Megan and she has all the components needed to be a classic Elizabeth. She always has the best intentions, and is fiercely loyal, but she is blinded and manipulated by her prejudices. Plus she is extremely athletic. She plays soccer for a D1 college and this makes up a huge part of her life. Its what sets her apart from the other Debutantes. As an athlete myself, I loved this take on the character! Another awesome character is Ann Foster, Megan’s debutante mentor. I love her no BS attitude. At first you think she is going to be awful, but she grows on you. And she calls it like it is. When Megan tries to do the right thing but fails, Ann tells her what she did wrong and how she did it wrong. But she also tells her what she should have done instead. She doesn’t sugar coat it. I am not exactly sure which Pride and Prejudice character she was supposed to be, but she was one of my favorites in this story! The Bad Megan’s “best friend” is one of her fellow soccer players named Cat, but she really didn’t serve any purpose in the story. I didn’t mind having her in there, but they had a huge random fight that made no sense. And the resolution was quick and hurriedly stuck in there. Plus Megan didn’t learn anything from the fight. Some of the early comedic scenes with Cat were fine, but the other scenes seemed incomplete and random. They didn’t help the story and were just odd. Maybe the author’s were trying to make her into Kitty? She didn’t seem anything like Kitty other than her name was Cat, and none of the other characters has names similar to their original counterparts? I really liked the idea of an all-star athlete debutante, but it wasn’t written right. Her school/sports/debut schedule wouldn’t have worked. The soccer scenes were thrown in randomly and kind of glossed over. It was like the authors wanted to make Megan well rounded but didn’t want to take the time to actually write about all the aspects that made her well rounded. The soccer scenes had a lot of potential, but they just fell short. The Ugly Not only were the soccer parts not utilized to their full potential, but they way her parents handled her soccer career really pissed me off. First, her mom asked her to “take a season off” like it was no big deal. I don’t know if you have ever played college sports, but you can’t just take a year off! It doesn’t work that way! Especially in a D1 school! And throughout the book her mom kept going on about how much she will learn from being a debutante, which is fine, but its not like there is nothing to learn from sports! You learn soooo much being an athlete, and none of it was shown in the book! Plus asking her to quit the team not only effects her but would also effect her team! (because of course she is the best player on the team) Second her dad claimed to be a huge fan and she has flashbacks of him helping her learn and makes him sound like this great soccer dad and fan, but he didn’t go to any of her games! He seemed to brush off her soccer skills when it suited him. It was weird! ...
A modern Pride and Prejudice, set in present day Texas where an athletically inclined teen is forced to make her debut to society? PLUS, A MODERN DAY MR. DARCY? (I’m so beyond sold on this idea, don’t even get me started.) Let me begin by saying that even though Pride and Prejudice is my FAVOURITE CLASSIC OF ALL TIME AND ANYBODY WHO LIKES IT CAN BE MY BEST FRIEND, I didn’t know that this book was a modern take on it but I still wanted to read it. It sounded PERFECT and well, let’s break it down: WRITING: The writing really brought out where the book was set – Texas. Our two debuting sisters, Megan and Julia (Elizabeth and Jane) are twenty, not teens, and live in their own apartment together, and come from a long line of cattle ranchers. They live in Texan High Society and Johan Lisa and Stephen really brought out both the High Society and the Texas through their words, creating the perfect backdrop to a good story. IDEA: Like I said when I started this review, I was SO BEYOND SOLD on this idea that it had been on my radar for over a year before I even requested it from the lovely folks at Penguin Random House International! I loved the storyline before I even knew that it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling, especially the fact that this was about an athletic girl being forced to make a debut. This book reminded me a little of Gossip Girl’s Cotillion, a little more of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett and a little originality sparkling in the middle. PLOT: The way this book started made me laugh. As the book went on, I was able to place all the Pride and Prejudice character personalities to the characters in this book and the placing was a lot of fun! I loved that there were so many different things going on – Megan’s debut, her football, her boy drama, her relationships with her sister and her father and all the petty drama that (undoubtedly) happens when one is making her debut into society. At the same time, I felt like TOO MUCH was happening at the same time, and I felt almost none of it. For starters, apart from Megan’s initial reaction, I didn’t see her resisting to the idea of making her debut at all, as the description promised she would. In fact, she knew as much about gowns and designers and fashion styles and someone who was looking forward to her debut would, which was strange to me. In the span of 300 pages, our protagonist gets swept off her feet twice, scores over thirty goals in her college football matches, updates her wardrobe, learns how to be a Texan lady and make her debut and it was just a LOT of things going on on the page and I felt like it was rushed and crammed. I did really like Megan, her sister Julia, Andrew (Mr. Darcy DUH HOW COULD I NOT) and even her Dad. CONCLUSION: If you were intrigued by the premise like I was, you should definitely pick this book up. It has its flaws, but it’s also the most fun Pride and Prejudice retelling I’ve read in a while! 3.5 stars.
It's was a very great read I couldn't put it down
The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer was such a fun and entertaining read. This is being marketed as a modern day Pride & Prejudice, and it's very obvious that the story follows Pride & Prejudice in many, many ways, but at the same time don't read this and expect an innocent Elizabeth Bennett type of a main character. The Season had some of the funniest quotes. Megan thinks the same way most of us do, except she says it out loud more often than not. She has no filter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it way too fast, and was sad to see it end. I wanted it to keep going.
I had the option to read this book for free through Penguin's "First to Read" program. I decided to read The Season for two reasons. First, Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books EVER, and any adaptation would already arouse my interest. Second, my daughter has gotten me into YA books recently, and I wanted to try more in this genre. I will say this was certainly not written by Jane Austen, but it was a great book nonetheless! If you're looking for hearty, strong literature, this is not the book for you. However, if you're looking for a classic story told with a modern twist, this is great. It was fun, humorous, and a very fast read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this modern take on Pride and Prejudice. I loved that the Texas Debutante season served so well to take the place of Regency England with its multitude of parties and finery. Initially the unwilling participant in all things deb, Megan manages to still have her soccer and honor her families legacy as she and her twin Julia make the rounds. It took a bit to get into, but the characters were spot on and concluded with a great finale.
This "Pride and Prejudice" meets Texas debutantes story has it all: a reckless heroine out to prove something, a hot brooding leading man, beautiful dresses, friendship, love, loss, and loyalty all rolled into a Texas-sized comedy that will leave you laughing, even days after you've finished. Megan McKnight knows her way around a soccer field, but when her mother signs her up for the most prestigious debutante club in Texas, her world of shin-guards and sweat collides with the country-club scene on an epic level. The mash-up is ripe for humor and the Dyers mine it so well--avoiding the obvious pratfalls in favor of more sophisticated riffs. But this story goes beyond quirk and laughs. The characters are incredibly well-developed and so very likable. Megan and her sister, Julia, are polar opposites but devoted to each other and instantly likable. The plot is tight, twisty and fast-paced. Megan's an unwilling hero, but her motivation runs deep and the stakes are high. Add in a bar brawl and a happy ending where justice gets served and you've got yourself one heck of a great novel!
If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend this book. It is P&P meets a girl from Texas who loves soccer being forced to enter the debutante season. Before I start, let me say that I do feel that Megan's relationship with Hank and Andrew seemed very rushed. We obviously get more insight into Hank and Megan's relationship and you'll see why when you read the story. When it came to her relationship with Andrew, it was just bam. Other than that, I thought this book was an absolutely charming book. Megan's character was stubborn, sassy, loyal, and one who doesn't back down when times get tough. Her character is what really made the story for me. Again, if you are a lover of P&P, pick this one up as you won't be disappointed.
"The Season" is a book that took me completely by surprise, in a good way. For those of you who don't know, this book is about a sporty, Texan twenty-year-old Megan McKnight who is forced by her mother to join the exclusive debutante season she wrangled to get for Megan. Megan is an athlete and lacks the graces and disposition to be a debutante. But she's not one to back down from a challenge. I love Megan's spirit and her can-do attitude. It was hilarious watching silly, unfortunate things happen to her and watch her reactions. She could definitely deserve as an inspiration to younger girls to show that yes you can be feminine and athletic too. The supporting characters are also endearing, distinct, and just a tad silly in their own right. This book is also a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and I loved all of the connections. I thought Dyer did a great job modernizing the tale and putting a Texan spin to it. Speaking of Texan... I love that the setting of this book is Texas. It gives the perfect groundwork to make a hilarious, satirical, and ostentatious show of the debutante season and the over the top parties, crazy people, and elegant dresses. There were so many funny sections that resulted from the Texan culture and way of life! This book confused me to start because it's marketed as YA, but it has a slightly older main character and deals with some heavier "adult" problems. I felt that this book was a little immature and read younger than YA at times. Overall though the writing was wonderful though and the pace was fast, the plot addictive. I love that this book has two sides. It can be seen as a fun, silly book or it can be viewed as a book about life, rife with themes on marriage, feminism, and rumors. I ended up enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. I urge you to check it out if you're in the mood for a funny read with Pride and Prejudice vibes!
Really good book
I went back and forth with this one, I couldn't decide if I wanted to read it or not. Annnnd then I saw it was a P+P retelling and I was sold. Love love loved Megan. She's snarky and stubborn and hilarious. I truly enjoyed being in her head. Her devotion to her twin sister rivals Lizzy's to Jane and I was constantly amused by what was happening. There are several nods to the original, but they've updated. The important parts have been turned into unique pieces that fit this specific puzzle. It was fun seeing them pop up on various places. Overall, it was a quick read that had me laughing out loud in several spots. **Huge thanks to Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**