The Season

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The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer

“A fun, modern take on Pride and Prejudice.”—Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You

Film rights optioned by Warner Brothers!


Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, a history major, an expert at the three Rs of Texas (readin’, ridin’, and ropin’), and she’s not a girly girl.  So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her as a debutante for the year's deb season in their hometown of Dallas, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. 

Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, and she has only a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse.  If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend.

Will Megan be able to juggle her soccer dreams and Texas society? Because the season has just begun, and the drama is just getting started.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451476340
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(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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The Season 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. (:
alyssayuri 15 days ago
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.
PerfectlyTolerable 10 months ago
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! ...
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's was a very great read I couldn't put it down
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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.
DanaMJ More than 1 year ago
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!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
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.
AmyAC More than 1 year ago
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!
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
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.
Gr8rach More than 1 year ago
"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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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**