Review: That Girl, Darcy by James Ramos

27242522Title: That Girl, Darcy

Author: James Ramos

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

 

 

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Before the Blog #8: Vendetta

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1) by Catherine Doyle

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

Synopsis:

Sophie Gracewell is thrown into a dangerous game of revenge when five brothers move into the long abandoned mansion in her neighborhood. Sophie is drawn to one of the brothers, Nicoli. Their families warn them to stay away from each other, but Sophie and Nicoli can’t help falling for each other. As soon as they do, Sophie will be forced to make decisions she didn’t even know existed.

Why did you choose this book?

Vendetta wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. For some reason, I was expecting a vampire story. (It’s not.) What I got was so much more interesting: a modern day Romeo and Juliet story filled with the mob. I was drawn into Sophie’s world and I honestly think this should be the next big series everyone is talking about.

When did you read this book?

In May of 2015, I saw it displayed on a library shelf. I grabbed the opportunity to read it because I had originally seen the book in BookPage magazine and thought it sounded interesting.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that enjoys a great YA series –especially with forbidden love or mob stories. So far, there are no love triangles or sex. There is some violence.


Check out my other Before the Blog posts here:

Before the Blog #1: Dear Daughter 

Before the Blog #2: There is No Light in Darkness

Before the Blog #3: The Lace Reader

Before the Blog #4: The Beach Trees

Before the Blog #5: The Raven Boys

Before the Blog #6: Waiting on You

Before the Blog #7: A Little Something Different