Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Title: Definitely, Maybe In Love
Author: Ophelia London
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Publish Date: October 28th, 2013
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Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle...

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. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, 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.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London is a new adult retelling of Pride and Prejudice set at modern day Stanford University.

As a P&P retelling, Definitely, Maybe in Love works well. While it's got all the major plot points and characters, London uses them in a way that makes her story unique. I enjoyed the changes in the story. They left me wondering about a story that's been told a thousand times before.

Spring, as a main character, takes a little getting used to. She's a great character, but seeing everything she thinks sort of makes you want to shake her on occasion. She's very judgmental and emotional, which Lizzie is supposed to be, but Spring has a grating personality that Lizzie didn't have. She does grow on you though. I really liked her and her adorable nature lovingness by the end of the book.

Henry is a great Darcy. No one can ever replace Mr. Darcy in my heart, but I did love Henry's teasing and banter as he tried to rile Spring up. Henry's only fault is that he is, like, really bad at communicating. Darcy was proud and a little shy, but Henry is neither. He's just really bad at talking to people and conveying his thoughts.

One of my favorite characters in this actually turned out to be Mel, the annoying but lovable gossip, who is nothing like her P&P counterpart, Charlotte. Everyone needs a best friend like Mel. Now, Julia on the other hand... She seems cute and all Jane like at first, but I swear, she's got to be one of the stupidest characters I've ever read about. I just... I don't know what happened with her.

(Slight spoilers ahead)

She was great and then her boyfriend left her and she runs off with a man she knows is practically a rapist? Yeah, no, bunny. That's always a bad idea. And it's worse because it wasn't even like she was just drunk and was coerced into it. The girl mentioned wanting to hook up with him once—after she knew what a bad guy he was, of course—when she was stone cold sober. That's just... Ugh. Julia is not my favorite, although she's probably not as bad as I'm making her out to be. Her actions just severely annoyed me. Like, make yourself a victim even more, why don't you?

(End spoilers)

I wasn't so sure about the way London eluded to conversations and events we, as readers, are not privy to in the novel. It left me feeling like I'd missed something somehow. I kept having "when did that happen?" moments. But it did keep the plot moving and that was one of my favorite things about this book. It flows very well for taking place over an entire year.

If you're a lover of Pride and Prejudice retellings or just a fan of New Adult then you will definitely want to check out Definitely, Maybe in Love. It's a clean New Adult novel so if NA gets a little too steamy for you at times, this one's for you!

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3 comments:

  1. I always like the idea of P and P retellings but they never quite live up to the original. Great review -- I've been curious about this one!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  2. I love the cover of this book! And I think I'm going to have to put it on my to-read list. Sounds like the perfect escape book. Thanks for the review!

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  3. Happy to hear you enjoyed this one Jesse! No matter how good a retelling no one can ever live up to the true Lizzie & Mr. Darcy, it's impossible =) Jane is one of my favorite characters in P&P so I'm sad to hear her character in this was so dumb.

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