Title: The Season
Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Viking Children’s
Megan is a hundred percent focused on soccer and her dreams of the national team—box jumps, burpees, laps, she can do it all. But then her mother secretly enters her in the state’s most prestigious debutante season and she’s furious. Megan has a month to prove herself, splitting time between bench pressing and ballroom dance lessons. Only upside to being a deb, the parties. Despite not being one for makeup and gowns, the guys at the events might make being a deb worth Megan’s time. But that’s before she gets wrapped up with an insufferable young millionaire, ends up in a class with ten year olds, and throws a punch.
You all don’t know how excited I was when I found out about this book a couple months ago. First, ya’ll might not know this but I love anything soccer related, I actually played for like thirteen years. But this has soccer and debutantes, so it sounded like an amazing book version of She’s the Man—I love that movie and if you haven’t seen it you should watch it like now. And the more I read it, the more the book turned into like a Pride and Prejudice inspired story. So this book from the start really just has two things I love and that alone has me liking it.
Megan—our protagonist—is a college soccer player with dreams of making the national team. She is kind of the more stereotypical like tough tomboy sports girl, which I’m kind of eh about but like she evolves a little and honestly yeah that is what some female athletes are like so I wasn’t 100% sure. I also wished we got some more of her doing some like real serious soccer training just because that’s something I like. Anyway, I did enjoy her. Megan has a soft side for her dad, her twin sister, and their ranch but besides that like I said she is pretty tough. She is stubborn and determined and those traits really keep her going. She also has a really sarcastic sense of humor, which was one of my favorite things about her.
I will say that she can be a little bit immature as a character. And I’m not saying like immature in like she’s childish, but just the writing, her inner-monologue, and her voice can skew young at moments and she is a college student who is always around these older people. It just happened every so often and made this feel like a young adult book—which is totally fine—even though the character is an age that would normally have this categorized as new adult.
Anyway, she ends up doing the debutante thing essentially because her mother—who was a deb—forces her to and her dad ends up asking nicely. All the scenes at e events were funny and probably my favorites because of the contrast between her and the other girls.
Family is a big aspect of this story. The sister relationship was especially nice because they are really close. And then there are some issues going on with the family and some sources of tension that I thought were written well and played out like realistically-ish.
Andrew—one of the deb suitors and our Darcy—was nice enough. I just wish we got to see more of him. They have the classic judgement and bickering down pat, but I feel like him and Megan didn’t spend enough one-on-one time together for me to fully see their relationship besides assigning my preconceived P&P feels on it.
I don’t know. I liked the soccer—even though I wished there was more—the deb aspect, and the Pride and Prejudice storyline, even though it is more inspired than directly based. There were some different events and triggers than the original story, and for the most part I liked it even though they could be a little dramatic.
I liked this book, I actually really enjoyed it, even though I feel like it sounds like I didn’t because I have been ripping on it a bit. But I would recommend it to anyone who loves soccer, She’s the Man, or Pride and Prejudice because I feel like that’s what kept my heart invested and what had me reading. You just have to go in knowing it is a light contemporary young adult and some parts are going to be a little silly or over the top. But it still ends up being a fun and enjoyable read. You can find The Season on Amazon and the authors at dyerbooks.com.