Synopsis from Good Reads:
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 über-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.
I have very recently written a post where I stated I was breaking up with the New Adult genre. And then I saw Definitely, Maybe in Love which is a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice! Obviously I couldn’t pass that up. I told myself that I’d start it and if it started going down the semi-erotica trail that most New Adult does, and make Jane Austen roll in her grave, I would DNF it. I’m happy to report that this is a New Adult book that I can support!
This book was very cute. It had a few eye-rolling moments, but overall, just cute. As I said, this a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice and for the most part I think it was really well done. College junior, Spring, is our Elizabeth Bennett. She’s very into the environment and is a little on the hippie/feminist side (I was totally picturing Cosima from Orphan Black).
When her thesis advisor tells her she needs more research from an opposing viewpoint, her new neighbor Henry Knightly (our Mr. Darcy), who is the son of a wealthy land developer, volunteers to help, despite their disastrous first impressions. I was a little afraid the book was going to veer into really political topics, but this aspect of the story was pretty downplayed, thankfully, other than helping provide a cause of conflict between Spring and Henry.
In addition to our Elizabeth and Darcy inspired characters, there’s Henry’s best friend and roommate Dart (Mr. Bingley), who has an awful sister (Caroline Bingley), Spring’s roommate, Julia, who falls for Dart and then gets herself into some trouble (a combination of both Jane and Lydia Bennett), and Alex, Henry’s old high school rival who tells some suspicious stories of the past (Wickham).
There were also some twists on some of the iconic Pride & Prejudice scenes. There’s a party where Spring overhears Henry say unflattering things about her and Julia and Dart instantly hit it off. There’s the letter Henry writes to explain to Spring the real story between him and Alex. There’s Spring showing up at Henry’s childhood home, unaware that he was there. And there was Henry rushing to Julia’s rescue when she’s in a compromising situation with Alex. I loved all of these, but it also made things pretty predictable. There were some parts that I think would have been predictable even if I wasn’t familiar with the original source material.
Overall, I really enjoyed Definitely, Maybe in Love. It was very cute and was a well done re-telling of one of my favorite books. I also very much appreciated that it’s an NA book that isn’t borderline erotica. It still dealt with growing up, future careers, first loves (and all that goes with it), but without going into the crude or graphic. Some NA fans might think it reads more YA than NA, but I’m ok with that. I would definitely recommend it to fans of re-tellings, Jane Austen, and non-graphic NA. The next book in the series, Someday Maybe, is a take on Persuasion, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)