Review: Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

me and mr darcyMe and Mr. Darcy
Author: Alexandra Potter
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Age Group: Adult
Source: Library
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Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature’s most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

The last thing Emily expects to find on her excursion is a broodingly handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. But that’s exactly what happens when she comes face-to-face with none other than Mr. Darcy himself. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality. . .

My Thoughts

If I had to describe my feelings for this book is one word it would be “ugh.”  Okay, so that probably isn’t a real word, but seriously this book was definitely a disappointment.  I am always up for Pride and Prejudice type books, P&P being my favorite book ever.  And I’m not too picky about how they portray my beloved characters.  But Me and Mr. Darcy was just not for me.

My main problem with Me and Mr. Darcy was the absolute idiocy of the main character, Emily Albright.  Even in the first few pages, I was a bit worried about if I would like Emily as a character.  And she just kept getting more and more annoying.  Here’s an example.  Emily actually meets Mr. Darcy, someone with whom she is totally obsessed (of course I can understand that 🙂 ).  She ends up having all these conversions with Mr. Darcy.  Okay, and here is what is really annoying.  She would make references to modern day (such as women working) and would be all surprised that Mr. Darcy was shocked by that.  I mean, hello, Emily.  You are supposedly obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, so you should know about that time period.  Why would Mr. Darcy’s reactions surprise you.  Puh-Lease!  And that is only one issue with Emily’s ridiculousness.

And don’t even get my started on some of the other stupid decisions she makes!  Like the pub incident when she tries to “prove herself” (to whom, I do not know!) and tries to show Spike she is awesome or something, but drinking this alcoholic drink.  I mean, hello, where are we, in high school????  Now, she is 29 years old.  Grow up Emily.  Okay, enough ranting on the idiocy of Emily.  Wait, one more thing.  Emily is supposed to be the Elizabeth Bennet Character in this book, but Elizabeth is not so idiotic.  She isn’t perfect and has her flaws, but man, she’s not an idiot.  Now I’m done.

Sometimes I felt that Potter, in order to move the story the way she wanted it to go, would make Emily make these ridiculous  decisions.  Which does not seem like the right way to write a story.  It should feel genuine, what the characters do.  And it didn’t feel genuine to me.  Just idiotic.

So I am sure this will come as no surprise to you, but I am pretty protective of Mr. Darcy.  That said, I was a little annoyed with how Potter portrayed Mr. Darcy.  I think she didn’t quite grasp everything that is Mr. Darcy.  I understand why she needed a way to have Emily not be quite as enamored of him as she was, but still.  Not a fan.  Mr. Darcy didn’t feel like Jane Austen’s Darcy, and obviously he should have!

Okay, I’m going to stop now.  All I can say is that I wasn’t a fan of Me and Mr. Darcy.  Especially if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan.  There are way better retellings out there.  Check out Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, or Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan instead.

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to Review: Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

  1. Thanks for the warning. I could very easily have tumbled into that pit, because I love P&P too. One has to be so careful with what we allow authors to do with our heroes! And heroines.
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  2. Liesel Hill says:

    Thanks for the review. While I love Jane Austin, I’m not huge on re-tellings of her stories anyway. I just think they’ve been done to death. That said, i did really love Bridget Jones. Thanks for the review! I’ll avoid this one. 😀

  3. Kelly says:

    It’s always so disappointing when you read a book with one of your favorite classic characters and the author doesn’t portray them properly. As for P&P, I stil have to read that one. I’ve read a few of Austen’s novels and loved them all so I know I need to read that one 🙂

  4. Ummm I might have read Pride and Prejudice and Jasmine Field… all on Monday night! Like three days ago! I want another fun read like that but this doesnt look like the winner!

    • Quinn says:

      I thought Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field was so much fun. It’s been years since I read it though. I was in college, and my local library had it, but the library where I work now doesn’t have it in the collection 😦

      yeah, I would skip Me and Mr. Darcy. Well, I mean, you should check it out if you want, but I don’t think you will like it much.

  5. Too bad it was a disappointment! I definitely am going to pas son this one!

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