Published by HarperTeen on April 21, 2015
Genres: Classic Retelling, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
Claire LaZebnik's latest twist on a beloved classic asks the age old question: Could the girl who knows everything be wrong about the guy?
As the stepdaughter of a TV star, Ellie Withers has it all: an amazing house in LA, a devoted friend who loved her before she even knew who Ellie’s stepfather was, and a burgeoning romance with handsome Aaron Marquand. But Ellie isn't the kind of person who’s content with simply having it all—the people in her life have to be equally happy. And, of course, she knows exactly what they need.
When Ellie’s plans for her family, her friends, and even her love life don’t turn out the way she imagined, she begins to wonder if maybe she could stand to learn a thing or two after all. Most surprising, though, is that the perfect person to teach her is the last person she'd expect.
With her signature witty narration and swoon-worthy romance, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail, The Trouble with Flirting, and The Last Best Kiss) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story: Jane Austen’s Emma.
~ Even though this is based on Emma by Jane Austen, you do not have to be familiar with the story to appreciate it. Sadly, some of you are even too young to be familiar with Clueless, which was an updated movie version of Emma from the 90’s… and that just makes me sad. Because Wrong About the Guy feels like an even more modern version of Clueless, only better, because it’s in book form. Of course, that did not stop me from picturing Paul Rudd as George, because I totally did that.
~ I really liked Ellie’s background- raised by a single mom, barely scraping by, to suddenly becoming richer than rich, and famous, simply because her mom married a struggling country music star who rose to fame. She has a great relationship with her family, and I loved that.
~ Ellie has to deal with a lot of people who only want to be friends with her because of who her step-father is. Part of the reason that she and Heather are such good friends is based on the fact that Heather liked her for who she was, before finding out about Luke.
~ I personally do not see how Ellie can have such a great father/daughter relationship with Luke, because he sounds super hot, and he’s an amazing husband. Don’t get me wrong, I loved George and Aaron was charming as hell, but Luke is damn near the perfect guy.
~ One of my favorite things about LaZebnik’s books is the witty dialogue, and Wrong About the Guy delivered. I don’t quote from arc’s as a rule, but there were several lines and conversations that amused me to no end. I’ve already pre-ordered this book so that I can read it again. Like the first book of LaZebnik’s that I read, The Trouble with Flirting, Wrong About the Guy is the kind of book I want a physical copy of- and I want all my friends to read it. So really, I want two copies- one to sit pretty on my shelf and another that I can loan out without fear of losing my book baby. Also, if you’re a quote loving reader, you’ll definitely want to get out your highlighter.
~ Unlike Emma, Ellie isn’t just a matchmaker who gets things wrong. Ellie just really thinks she knows best what her friends and family need. Probably because this isn’t the 1800’s, Ellie doesn’t just meddle in the love lives of those closest to her, but also tries to steer her friends towards the goals she thinks they should attain. It’s all done out of a sense of caring, but it’s also because Ellie is a little spoiled and pompous. But, like Aaron, Ellie’s mostly charming, so it’s hard to hold it against her.
~ Even though the book is mostly lighthearted, I really loved the sub-plot of Ellie’s little brother, Jacob. I understood Ellie’s mom’s concern, but I really appreciated how Luke and Ellie just accepting little man for who and how he was, and in the end I thought just the right balance was found.
~ If possible, I would make all of you read Wrong About the Guy. Or really, any book by Claire LaZebnik. This one ties with The Trouble With Flirting in my ranking of LaZebnik’s books, but honestly, all of her books are worth reading. She takes classic books by Jane Austen and gives them not just a modern spin, but a funny, heartwarming and relateable twist, and I just can’t get enough of that.
~ George has got to be one of my favorite Book Boyfriends of 2015, and I’m calling dibs on him. I saw him first. 😉
Ellie Withers- our modern day Emma, bright, pretty and witty, she’s very sure of herself, even if she’s truly clueless.
George- young and brilliant, already an Ivy League graduate at just 19, prepping Ellie for SAT’s and works for her mom.
Luke Weston- Ellie’s country singing, tv superstar stepfather. Picture a cross between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Only better.
Heather- Ellie’s best friend, who is kind, and lovely and a little naive, and a whole lot unsure of herself.
Michael Marquand- Luke’s friend and even bigger superstar (think more American Simon Cowell).
Aaron- Michael’s son, and super hot and charming and fun.
Jonathan- George’s older brother who works for Luke.
Izzy- Jonathan’s fiancee.
Crystal- Michael’s current (much younger) wife and stepmother to Aaron.
Jacob- Ellie’s little brother, who marches to the beat of his own drum.
Lorena- the Weston’s maid, and babysitter, who’s part of the family practically.
Mia- Michael and Crystal’s adorable baby girl.
Arianna- schoolmate of Ellie’s who is starstruck over who Ellie’s stepdad is.
Finding out exactly what was up with Aaron. I suspected it, but it’s still pretty shocking. 😉
Stop the Clock:
Wrong About the Guy is a must read, assuming you like good books. Maybe you don’t, in which case, it’s okay if you skip this one. But if you like to read books that don’t suck, than I would definitely recommend anything by Claire LaZebnik.
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