A Georgie Darcy Novel
Georgiana Darcy gets the Pride & Prejudice retelling she deserves in Amanda Quain's Accomplished, a sparkling contemporary YA featuring a healthy dose of marching band romance, endless banter, and Charles Bingley as a ripped frat boy.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Georgiana Darcy should have been expelled after The Incident with Wickham Foster last year – at least if you ask any of her Pemberley Academy classmates. She may have escaped expulsion because of her family name, but she didn’t escape the disappointment of her big brother Fitz, the scorn of the entire school, or, it turns out, Wickham’s influence.
But she’s back for her junior year, and she needs to prove to everyone – Fitz, Wickham, her former friends, and maybe even herself – that she’s more than just an embarrassment to the family name. How hard can it be to become the Perfect Darcy? All she has to do is:
- Rebuild her reputation with the marching band (even if it kills her)
- Forget about Wickham and his lies (no matter how tempting they still are), and
- Distract Fitz Darcy — helicopter-sibling extraordinaire — by getting him to fall in love with his classmate, Lizzie Bennet (this one might be difficult…)
Sure, it's a complicated plan, but so is being a Darcy. With the help of her fellow bandmate, Avery, matchmaking ideas lifted straight from her favorite fanfics, and a whole lot of pancakes, Georgie is going to see every one of her plans through. But when the weight of being the Perfect Darcy comes crashing down, Georgie will have to find her own way before she loses everything permanently—including the one guy who sees her for who she really is.
In Quain's witty debut, a Pride and Prejudice remix, white high school junior Georgiana Darcy struggles to rebuild her reputation following a disastrous sophomore year. When Georgie's former boyfriend, white Wickham Foster, is caught dealing Adderall from her dorm room at esteemed Pemberley Academy, it's a surprise to everyone, including herself, that she doesn't get expelled. But "brother-equivalent of a helicopter parent" Fitzwilliam Georgie's legal guardian after gaining emancipated minor status from their perpetually absent mother three years prior persuades the academy to keep her enrolled. Navigating societal expectations surrounding her family name, and the student body's ire, she finds an unlikely ally in senior and handsome trombonist Avery Simmons, also white. The two develop a plan to patch up Georgie's crumbling social status, which includes setting Fitz up with self-assured Lizzie Bennet, even as Wickham tries inserting himself back into Georgie's life. The rapid-fire banter, while good-humored, occasionally stalls forward momentum, and situations surrounding the Darcys' financial privilege are left largely unexamined, but hard-earned character development and dynamic relationships are keenly explored. Quain uses the source material's infrastructure to establish the narrative's stakes and emotional gravity while skillfully setting it apart from its Austenian roots. Ages 13 up.