Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Definitely, Maybe in Love
by Ophelia London

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Published by: Entangled - October 28, 2013
Genre: NA,Pride & Prejudice modern adaptation
Rating: 3 Stars

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

"Whatever it takes," however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the ├╝ber-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite—though she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

I love P&P modern takes and since this one was only $2.99 I snatched it up. I also liked that the Darcy character's last name was Knightley. I love Mr. Knightley too, so I enjoyed the homage.

The story followed very close to the original. Her best friend (Jane) fell for Dart (Charles), but Knightley (Darcy) busted that up. Alex (Wickham) used to attend school with Knightley. They were friends until Alex did some questionable stuff, not only to Knightley but to Knightley's sister. There was no deviation from the plot except for the setting. I was okay with that, because I love the story, but there were some things that bugged me.

Page 41 made me sad, because it contained my least favorite dialogue in a book:

"Alex, hey."
"Hey yourself."

I am a "Hey yourself" hater. Do people actually say that in real life?

But then there was the redeemable quote from Knightley to Spring: "Whatever you're feeling about me right this second," he continued, "believe that. Please."


The whole Alex and Cami (Knightley's sister) thing was a bit dramatic as well as the Alex and Julia situation. The author over-dramatized those scenes and made them very unbelievable. I highly doubt that when Dart (Charles) went to rescue Julia from Alex, and he found them naked after having just been together, Dart would have carried Julia to the car and immediately gotten back together with her. Just didn't make any sense. Then there's Spring's excellent retelling of Knightley's letter in which he explains what kind of person Alex truly is: "He takes girls - after he severely impairs them, or finds them severely impaired - to some, I don't know, some honeymoon cabin at the beach. It's date rape but on steroids." I'll let those strange sentences sink in for you for a minute . . .

And as far as I know, the author never explained what happened to Cami's baby.

There were weird examples like those throughout the book.

One major difference between the original and this retelling is that Spring (Elizabeth) was kind of a perpetual b*tch to Knightley without a lot of good reason. Yes, he broke up Dart and Julia, but overall, Knightley was a nice guy in this book. Spring was the one who had a burr up her crawl.

Maybe I shouldn't write reviews when I didn't sleep the night before (like right now) . . .

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