Published by Viking Children's on July 12th 2016
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I received this book for free from Publisher Provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Narrator: Erin Spencer
She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?
Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.
The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.
The Season is a fun, playful story about a fish out of water that has a great heart and a touch of re-telling.
I was drawn to The Season because, 1 the cover looked super fun, and 2, I liked that this was a story about a female athlete going into a world she’s not super comfortable with. I was not disappointed by the story at all and it got even more fun when I realized that the story also is a bit of a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice.
Megan’s future is soccer, not ball gowns, but it’s family tradition, so she’s going through the Dallas Debutante Season. She’s a little bit of a train wreck, is NOT polished or posh, but she’s giving it a really good shot. This is what I loved about the story. This is so not Megan’s world, but she see it as a challenge, she is going to do well and make it though the season. I loved watching Megan grow through “the season” and have it help her be a better Megan. It didn’t change her, it just helped her grow as a person.
And the Pride and Prejudice references. If you’re a fan or not of P&P I think you’ll like the subtle retelling. It’s not an on the nose retelling, but just enough to make it fun to find the Easter eggs. It also leads you to the fun little twist in the story dealing with Megan’s family and the land they own.
This is a fun contemporary that if you dig too deep, yeah, you’ll probably grown and go “really,” but if you just enjoy it and don’t over analyze, it’s fun and shows that doing something out of character doesn’t always change you, it can improve you.
I enjoy this book on audio. I liked the narrator that PenguinAudio chose for this. Erin Spencer has just the right lilt in her voice and cadence to her reading that I was totally sucked in. I thought she also did a great job of keeping me engaged as a listener. So many times narrators have great voices but I still find myself 5 minutes later going “what just happened” because it’s too soothing. With Spencer’s narration, this didn’t happen with The Season.
This is a fun story, great for the current mood of the country. It’s fun, but still encourages to be you and stand-up for what’s right.