Author: James Ramos
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Future House Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that geeky guys never get to date the pretty girls with permanent scowls.
To Elliott Bennett, life is simple. It’s all parties, skateboarding, and arguing over who would win in a fight between Hulk and Superman with his friends. It’s his senior year, and he wants nothing more than to soak up his final year of freedom before real life begins.
That is, until Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move in to the only mansion in the neighborhood. When Elliot meets Darcy at a party, he finds out that she isn’t into skateboarding (which he lives for), she hates science-fiction (which he loves), and she thinks his friends are a pack of morons (which, honestly, might be half true)—and yet, there’s something irritatingly intriguing about her.
When Elliot’s cousin Jake starts to date her friend Bridget, it complicates Elliot’s plans to ignore the scowling Darcy for the rest of the year. Why is Darcy so . . . ugh? Elliott doesn’t know, but for some reason, is determined to find out—even if she doesn’t know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.
5 / 5 Stars
I’m going to admit something a little troubling. I can’t remember reading Pride and Prejudice. I know I’ve read it, it’s been too long. But that doesn’t matter because it’s not Jane Austen’s novel I’m reviewing. It’s James Ramos’ and it was phenomenal!
In That Girl, Darcy, Elliot’s world is turned upside down when Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move to town. Darcy is snooty and judgmental — Elliot can’t stand her. But then his cousin Jake starts dating Bridget and Elliot is forced to spend time with Darcy.
The more Elliot finds out about Darcy, the more he wants to know. He’s convinced it’s because she’s a puzzle he wants to figure out. That has to be it. He couldn’t possibly like her…
I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the entire time I read That Girl, Darcy. There were so many outstanding things about this book! It was fun. It was fast-paced. It was both humorous and insightful. I could go on and on!
My favorite thing about That Girl, Darcy, though, was the characters. The characters were well developed and each had such a different personality. I loved them all!
Elliot, being the main character, stood out the most. He should have been a boring character because he just went with the flow and was in a state of avoidance all of the time, but he wasn’t. His indecision over what path his life was to take after high school and his frustration over how he felt about Darcy felt so real. I loved reading his point of view. I could even identify with some of his feelings of being “lost” as an adult.
Another character that really stood out for me was Christian, the head of the school newspaper. I enjoyed Elliot’s interactions with him. He was such a pompous jerk. His declarations and conversations were hilarious.
Honestly, I’m shocked this is Ramos’ first novel. His writing in That Girl, Darcy is so eloquent and smart. I can’t wait to see what he’ll write next.
**I received a copy of That Girl, Darcy from Ryan Mendenhall and Goodreads First Reads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.