“Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot” After reading the tagline of Sasquatch, Love, and other Imaginary Things I knew I had to pick up this book. The rest of the summary gets even better.
Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.
It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, hunting for yetis. But now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, in front of an aristocratic prep-school crew including a boy who disdains Samantha’s family.
But when he scorns her humble Ohio roots, she becomes determined to take him down. As they go to war, their friction and attraction almost distract them from the hint that Sasquatch may actually be out there somewhere…
If that doesn’t convince you to pick up this book, here are 6 reasons why I think you should put Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things on the top of your TBR pile! You can even read an extended excerpt here on Riveted until August 28th!
1. Pride and Prejudice Retelling
The words Pride and Prejudice pretty much always get me on board! I’m a huge Austen fan, and Pride and Prejudice is the first Austen book I read, so it holds a special place in my heart. Betsy and Carrie did a fantastic job retelling this classic story! They hit all the important plot points but were still able to tell an extremely original story.
2. Swoony Devan (aka Mr. Darcy)
Every Pride and Prejudice fan has a thing for Mr. Darcy, and any successful P&P retelling has to have a perfectly swoony male lead. Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things has the perfect Darcy in Devan. I loved the banter between Sam and Devan and I loved every second of their romance. Devan went straight to the top of my favorite Darcy’s!
3. Hunting Sasquatch
How do you write a Pride and Prejudice retelling and make it original? Add Sasquatch hunters! I can honestly say I’ve never read a P&P retelling like this one. I was a bit hesitate at first, because a story about Sasquatch Hunters does sound a bit strange, however, Betsy & Carrie did a fantastic job adding this quirky and fun element to the story.
4. The Cover
I LOVE the cover of this book. The attention to detail is perfect, from the heart in the tree and the Sasquatch footprints. The colors scheme is so different than any other books I own, it was exactly what my bookshelf was missing. AND the spine is a tree trunk! How cute is that!
5. Reality TV
Reality TV is a train wreck you can’t look away from. It’s also atopic that isn’t addressed in many YA novels, so it helped make this retelling feel fresh. I loved how Mr. Collins was recreated as the relationship exploiter, it was the PERFECT part for him. If Jane Austen was alive right now, I firmly believe she would approve.
6. ALL THE LAUGHS
The interactions between Sam’s parents and the other Sasquatch hunters were HILARIOUS. And the banter between Sam and Devan was just as fun! I was giggling constantly as I read this novel. Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things is the perfect light hearted novel to cheer up your day!