Being Mary Bennet by J.C. Peterson

Goodreads Synopsis:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every bookworm secretly wishes to be Lizzie Bennet.

A less acknowledged truth is that Mary Bennet might be a better fit.

For seventeen-year-old Marnie Barnes, who’s convinced she is the long-suffering protagonist of her life, this revelation comes at the end of a series of self-induced disasters that force her to confront a devastating truth: Marnie has more in common with Mary Bennet—the utterly forgettable middle sister—than the effervescent Lizzie.

Determined to reinvent herself, she enlists the help of her bubbly roommate and opens herself up to the world—leading lady style. And between new friends, a very cute boy, and a rescue pup named Sir Pat, Marnie realizes that being the main character doesn’t mean rewriting your life entirely. It’s about finding the right cast of characters, the love interest of your dreams, and, most important, embracing your story, flaws and all.

With a hilariously sharp voice, a sweet and fulfilling romance that features a meet-cute in an animal shelter, and a big family that revels in causing big problems, this charming comedy of errors will have readers cheering for Marnie during every step of her obstacle-ridden journey toward embracing who she truly is.

My Thoughts:

Marnie Barnes is a socially awkward, bookworm who desperately feels out of place in her own family. When in the heat of an arguement, a friend tells her that she is the Mary Bennet in her own story, Marnie takes it completely to heart. In her quest to change from a Mary to a Lizzie, she makes some advances, but also some missteps along the way.

Let me start by saying that I’ve never highlighted so many passages in a book. There are so many great passages in this book, both meaningful and hysterical. This was one of those books that I want my teenagers to read, and I want my adult friends to read. There are so many great takeaways from this story! I literally had all the emotions throughout this book; I was angry on Marnie’s behalf, I grieved beside her, I laughed with her, and I felt pride in who she ultimately became throughout her story.

I highly recommend this book, and am really excited to see more from this debut author!

Thank you to J.C. Peterson and Harper Collins for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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